Friday, 20 August 2010

Twice Victims of 9/11 Attacks

In an interview with Matt Lauer of NBC, former Rudy Giuliani questioned the intentions of the builders of Cordoba House, the proposed Islamic Center two blocks from ground zero:
If you're going to so horribly offend the people who were most directly affected by this, the families of the September 11 victims...then how are you healing? 
Among the roughly 3,000 victims of the 9/11 attacks, were there not Muslims? If there is a Roman Catholic Church, a Methodist Church, another Chapel and other places of worship within the vicinity of Ground Zero (see the map below), do not Muslims also have the right to worship? What about the sensitivities of Muslim victims of that horrible day on September 11, 2001?

To bring home the point, I have listed below a partial representation of the Muslim victims, to acknowledge their existence. As you read, I want you to remember the story of Mohammad Salman Hamdani, a police cadet who raced to the scene of the attacks and lost his life in trying to save the lives of others.

There should be dialogue so that sensitivities are heard and addressed. Yet, the spirit of openness cannot be predicated on the demeaning of an entire faith, its adherents, and their inherent rights.


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This list is available in its original form @ http://islam.about.com/blvictims.htm; it is compiled from several sources and is only a partial representation of the Muslim Victims of 9/11 (or victims from Muslim families)


Samad Afridi
Ashraf Ahmad
Shabbir Ahmad (45 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and 3 children)
Umar Ahmad
Azam Ahsan
Ahmed Ali
Tariq Amanullah (40 years old; Fiduciary Trust Co.; ICNA website team member; leaves wife and 2 children)
Touri Bolourchi (69 years old; United Airlines #175; a retired nurse from Tehran)
Salauddin Ahmad Chaudhury
Abdul K. Chowdhury (30 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
Mohammad S. Chowdhury (39 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and child born 2 days after the attack)
Jamal Legesse Desantis
Ramzi Attallah Douani (35 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
SaleemUllah Farooqi
Syed Fatha (54 years old; Pitney Bowes)
Osman Gani
Mohammad Hamdani (50 years old)
Salman Hamdani (NYPD Cadet)
Aisha Harris (21 years old; General Telecom)
Shakila Hoque (Marsh & McLennan)
Nabid Hossain
Shahzad Hussain
Talat Hussain
Mohammad Shah Jahan (Marsh & McLennan)
Yasmeen Jamal
Mohammed Jawarta (MAS security)
Arslan Khan Khakwani
Asim Khan
Ataullah Khan
Ayub Khan
Qasim Ali Khan
Sarah Khan (32 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
Taimour Khan (29 years old; Karr Futures)
Yasmeen Khan
Zahida Khan
Badruddin Lakhani
Omar Malick
Nurul Hoque Miah (36 years old)
Mubarak Mohammad (23 years old)Boyie Mohammed (Carr Futures)
Raza Mujtaba
Omar Namoos
Mujeb Qazi
Tarranum Rahim
Ehtesham U. Raja (28 years old)
Ameenia Rasool (33 years old)
Naveed Rehman
Yusuf Saad
Rahma Salie & unborn child (28 years old; American Airlines #11; wife of Michael Theodoridis; 7 months pregnant)
Shoman Samad
Asad Samir
Khalid Shahid (25 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald; engaged to be married in November)
Mohammed Shajahan (44 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
Naseema Simjee (Franklin Resources Inc.'s Fiduciary Trust)
Jamil Swaati
Sanober Syed
Robert Elias Talhami (40 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
Michael Theodoridis (32 years old; American Airlines #11; husband of Rahma Salie)
W. Wahid

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