List and identities of martyrs in Christchurch mosque in New Zealand

Tribune to martyrs in Christchurch mosque in New Zealand

PBA Desk: Fifty people are confirmed to have died in Friday’s attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Most of them had moved to New Zealand to study or work, and build a better life for themselves and their families. Some were refugees, who thought they had found safety. One was a dairy farmer. Another aspired to be a pilot. One was an elder known for helping newcomers. Another was a teenager who called his mother when the shooting started. They were grandparents, spouses and friends. The youngest was three. The 50 people slaughtered by a gunman at two Christchurch mosques last week spanned a range of backgrounds. Here is what we know about many of them, their names, as their deaths are confirmed by officials and relatives.

Atta Elayyan, 33

Atta Elayyan, 33, was a technology entrepreneur, a goalkeeper and a new father. He played for New Zealand’s national futsal team, according to the New Zealand Football association, which confirmed his death. Futsal is a version of five-a-side soccer played indoors.
“There are no words to sum up how we are all feeling,” one of his teammates, Josh Margetts, said in a statement. “There is a huge hole in our hearts as we come to terms with the loss of a great person and a good mate. He will be sorely missed.”
Mr. Elayyan was born in Kuwait and studied computer science at the University of Canterbury. He was the chief executive and a co-founder of LWA Solutions, a mobile app start-up. He was well known in the futsal world and in Christchurch’s tech community.
He and his wife, Farah, have a young daughter, Aya, whose photos appear in abundance on his Facebook page. In one, she is wearing a bib that says: “My dad rocks.”
Mucad Ibrahim
Mucad IbrahimCreditAbdi Ibrahim
Three-year-old Mucad Ibrahim is the youngest person confirmed to have been killed in the attacks. He was at Al Noor mosque and became separated from his brother and father when the shooting began.
“He was a Muslim-born Kiwi who was full of energy, love and happiness,” his family said in a statement. “He is remembered in our community as a young boy who emanated nothing but the representation of God’s love, peace and mercy.”
“Will miss you dearly brother,” Mucad’s brother Abdi Ibrahim wrote on Facebook.
Mucad was wearing a white thobe and his favorite white hat on Friday, “and so returned to His Lord in a state of pure innocence and spiritual beauty,” the family’s statement said.
The family said they had taken solace from a global outpouring of support. “Knowing that New Zealand and the whole world stands behind our boy reassures us that violence and racism are unwelcome in our world,” they said.

Sayyad Milne
Sayyad Milne wanted to be a footballer when he grew up.
On Friday, he was at the Al Noor mosque with his mother. His father told New Zealand media on Saturday: “I haven’t heard officially yet that he’s actually passed, but I know he has because he was seen.
“I remember him as my baby who I nearly lost when he was born… a brave little soldier. It’s so hard… to see him just gunned down by someone who didn’t care about anyone or anything.
“I know where he is. I know he’s at peace.”
Mark Wilson, head teacher of Cashmere High School, told Newshub that Sayyad was “an awesome kid, with kind eyes, a big heart and a cheeky smile”.

“I’ve lost my little boy, he’s just turned 14,” Sayyad Milne’s father, John Milne, told The New Zealand Herald through tears.
Sayyad was one of two Cashmere High School students killed in the attack, according to the school’s principal, Mark Wilson. The boy was an avid soccer player.
“He proved himself to be not only a truly outstanding goalkeeper, but a great friend and colleague, a real team player with a fabulous attitude and a warm and friendly personality,” St. Albans Shirley Football Club said in a statement on Facebook.
“Sayyad was one of our own and we will always remember him.”

Lilik Abdul Hamid
Lilik Abdul Hamid, originally from Indonesia, had been an aircraft maintenance engineer with Air New Zealand for 16 years, the company’s chief executive, Christopher Luxon, said in a statement.
“He first got to know the team even earlier when he worked with our aircraft engineers in a previous role overseas,” Mr. Luxon said. “The friendships he made at that time led him to apply for a role in Air New Zealand and make the move to Christchurch.”
Mr. Hamid is survived by his wife and two children, Mr. Luxon said. On Facebook, one of Mr. Hamid’s friends called him “a man with a gold heart who always opened his heart and home to everyone.”

Areeb Ahmed
Areeb AhmedCreditPricewaterhouseCoopers
Areeb Ahmed, 27, was an employee of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a statement released by the company said. Pakistan’s foreign ministry said he was originally from that country’s largest city, Karachi.
“Areeb was a loved and respected member of our PwC family,” the company wrote on Facebook. “His smile, warmth, dedication, respect and humor will be deeply missed.”

Tariq Omar
Tariq OmarCreditChristchurch United Football Club
New Zealand Football confirmed the death of Tariq Omar, 24, a soccer player who coached for several of Christchurch United Football Club’s junior teams. Colin Williamson, the club’s academy director, called him “a beautiful human being with a tremendous heart and love for coaching.”
“Our coaches and his players are struggling to understand what has happened and we are trying to support our club members as best as we can,” Mr. Williamson said in a statement released by the club. “But of course our main thoughts and concerns go out to Tariq’s family who are in our hearts and prayers.”
Shahid Suhail
Shahid Suhail, 35, from Pakistan, was an engineer who worked for a resin manufacturer in Christchurch, according to Stuff, a news website. He had a wife and two young daughters. “His daughters were his life,” said his wife, Asma.
Syed Jahandad Ali
Syed Jahandad Ali, 34, originally from Lahore, Pakistan, worked at Intergen, a software company and had a wife and three children, according to a fundraising page created by the company. In a statement, the company called him “a kind and gentle man.”
“Syed Jahandad Ali has deeply touched the lives of his friends, colleagues and wider technology community through his knowledge and skills. We are devastated to have lost a very loved Intergenite” the statement read.
Haroon Mahmood
Haroon Mahmood, 40, had worked in banking in Pakistan before moving to New Zealand, Stuff reported. He taught at a private school for international students and had been a tutor at Lincoln University in Christchurch, according to Radio New Zealand. He had a wife and two children.
Farhaj Ahsan
Farhaj Ahsan, originally from Hyderabad, India, had lived for 10 years in New Zealand, where he worked as an electrical engineer. He left a wife and two children, according to his brother, Kashif Ahsan, who spoke to the BBC.
Maheboob Khokhar
Maheboob Khokhar, a 65-year-old Indian engineer, was on his first trip to New Zealand, visiting his son, who had moved there from India eight years ago.
His wife, Akhtar Khokhar, said they had been in the country for two months. He was at Al Noor mosque the day before they had planned to leave.
Asif Vora
Asif Vora was among five Indian nationals whose deaths were confirmed by the Indian High Commission in New Zealand. Radio New Zealand said he was 58, and that he and his son had been killed at Al Noor mosque.
Ramiz Vora
Asif Vora’s son, Ramiz Vora, 28, had become a father just days before his death, according to Radio New Zealand.
Ansi Alibava
Ansi Alibava, 25, another of the Indian nationals among the victims, had moved to New Zealand with her husband, Abdul Nazer, in 2018, a year after they had married, he told CNN. She had just completed a master’s degree in agribusiness management.
Mr. Nazer was near an emergency door at Al Noor mosque when the shooting began and managed to escape. Outside, he saw Ms. Alibava lying facedown and ran to her, but was stopped by a police officer.
“She had so many dreams,” he told CNN.
Ozair Kadir
Ozair KadirCreditInternational Aviation Academy of New Zealand
Ozair Kadir, 25, dreamed of being a commercial pilot like his older brother. Originally from Hyderabad, India, he had moved to New Zealand in recent years and was set to make that a reality.
Messages of grief and support for Mr. Kadir’s family poured in on the Facebook page of the International Aviation Academy of New Zealand, where he was in pilot training. Fellow students gathered on Monday to lay flowers at a makeshift memorial.
“Ozair’s presence will be sadly missed by all staff and students at the Academy,” the institute said in a statement. “Our love, thoughts and prayers are with his family who are now in New Zealand preparing to take Ozair home.”
Haji Daoud al-Nabi
Haji Daoud al-Nabi, 71, arrived in New Zealand from Afghanistan about 30 years ago and was a central figure in Christchurch’s small Afghan community. He was a leader who welcomed everyone, his son Yama al-Nabi said.
His son was running 10 minutes late for Friday Prayers, along with his 8-year-old daughter, when they came upon a police cordon. The younger Mr. Nabi’s hands trembled as he held up his mobile phone to show a picture of his father with his daughter in the mosque on a different day.
“I thought I’d make it to the prayers. When I got there, the police were there. I was running and a guy said there was shooting in the mosque,” Yama al-Nabi said. He knew his father was inside, but news of his death only came hours later.
Salwa Mirwan Mohamad
Salwa Mirwan Mohamad was named in a court document charging the alleged gunman with murder. Further details on her identity are still unclear.
Ali Elmadani
Ali Elmadani, 65, immigrated to New Zealand from the United Arab Emirates with his family in 1998, his family confirmed to the Stuffnews site. His daughter, Maha Elmadani, said her father had always told the family to be strong, so that was what she was trying to do.
“He considered New Zealand home and never thought something like this would happen here,” she told Stuff.
Hosne Ahmed, 44
Husna AhmedCreditEdgar Su/Reuters
Husna Ahmad, led a number of women and children to safety after the shooting at Al Noor mosque began, said Farid Ahmad, her husband. Mr. Ahmad, who is in a wheelchair, said she was killed when she returned to the mosque to check on him.
“She was busy with saving lives, forgetting about herself,” said Mr. Ahmad, 59.
Mr. Ahmad said he had forgiven the gunman and believed that good would eventually come from the killing. “This is what Islam taught me,” he said.
“What he did was a wrong thing, but I would tell him that inside him, he has great potential to be a generous person, to be a kind person, to be a person who would save people, save humanity rather than destroying them,” Mr. Ahmad said. “I hope and I pray for him that he would be a great savior one day. I don’t have any grudge.”
Hosne Ahmed was in the women’s area of the Al Noor mosque. When the shooting started, she ran into the men’s area to search for her husband, Farid Uddin Ahmed, who is partially paralysed and uses a wheelchair.

Media captionFarid Ahmed: “I have forgiven him and I will pray for him”
“I don’t have any grudge against [the shooter],” he told reporters. “I have forgiven him, and I’m praying for him that God will guide him.”
The couple, originally from Bangladesh, have a 14-year-old daughter. Ms Ahmed was among four Bangladeshis confirmed killed.
Naeem Rashid
In the gunman’s self-made video of the killings he had posted to Facebook, a man can be seen trying to tackle him as he began firing in Al Noor mosque. That man was Naeem Rashid, according to witnesses.
His family described him as an intelligent, ambitious and devout father of three. His eldest son, Talha Naeem, was also killed.
Mr. Rashid was in his 40s, according to Stuff and Radio New Zealand. His brothers, interviewed in Pakistan, said he had left a senior position at Citibank in the city of Lahore in 2010 to pursue a doctorate in Christchurch and raise his children in a peaceful country. Starting over proved more difficult than he had expected.
“Like everybody who leaves this country, he left Pakistan because of lack of opportunities here,” said Dr. Khurshid Alam, one of Mr. Rashid’s brothers. “He went there to do his Ph.D. Because of the financial situation, he couldn’t complete it, so he was teaching part-time.”
He became much more devout during his time in New Zealand, according to his brothers. They said he talked about wanting to die a martyr, which he felt was the most honorable way for a Muslim to die.

Naeem Rashid was originally from Abbottabad in Pakistan. He was a teacher in Christchurch.

Mr Rashid was badly injured. He was taken to hospital where he later died, and Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed his death. He is being widely hailed as a hero.
His brother, Khurshid Alam, said he was proud of his actions after seeing the video.
“He was a brave person, and I’ve heard from a few people there, there were few witnesses… they’ve said he saved a few lives there by trying to stop that guy,” Mr Alam told the BBC.
“It’s a still a shock for us, whatever hero he becomes… it’s our pride now, but still the loss. It’s like cutting your limb off.”
Talha Naeem
Talha Naeem, 21, had just graduated from college and entered the work force. He was the eldest of Naeem Rashid’s three children — the second is 18, the youngest is 5 — and his father was especially proud of him, according to his family.
The family had planned to return to Pakistan in May to help Talha find a wife.
Talha was Naeem Rashid’s oldest son. He was 11 when the family moved to New Zealand.
Friends said Talha had just got a new job, and was hoping to get married soon.
“A few days ago when I spoke to Naeem Rasheed, he told me about his plans to come to Pakistan and get his son married,” said Talha’s uncle in Lahore.
Another of Mr Rashid’s sons is being treated for his injuries.
Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has said Mr Rashid will receive a national award for his courage.

We stand ready to extend all our support to the families of Pakistani victims of the terrorist attack in Christchurch. Pakistan is proud of Mian Naeem Rashid who was martyred trying to tackle the White Supremacist terrorist & his courage will be recognized with a national award.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed his death.
Amjad Hamid
Amjad Hamid was a cardiologist who had spent the last few years working with rural communities in the mountainous area of Taranaki, on New Zealand’s North Island, though he continued to live in Christchurch with his wife and family. At Hawera Hospital in Taranaki, he often brought colleagues fresh baklava from a Christchurch bakery.
“He was well liked for his kindness, compassion and sense of humor,” the Taranaki District Health Board said in a statement. “He was a hard-working doctor, deeply committed to caring for his patients, and a thoughtful team member who was supportive of all staff.”
Hi wife, Hanan al-Adem, told Radio New Zealand she still could not believe he was gone.
“He was the perfect man, it’s a big loss,” she said.
Kamel Darwish
Kamel Darwish, 38, arrived early at his brother’s home in Christchurch on the eve of the attack. He had traveled from the countryside, where he worked at a dairy farm, because “he didn’t want to miss Friday prayers,” said his brother, Zuhair Darwish.
New Zealand had been his home for just six months. He had moved from Jordan because his brother had convinced him there was no safer, better place to raise a family. His wife and children were set to arrive in a month.
“He was caring, he was honest, he was a loving person,” his brother said.

Linda Armstrong
Linda Armstrong, 64, was a third-generation New Zealander who grew up in Auckland and converted to Islam in her 50s, her nephew Kyron Gosse said.
“Linda had a huge heart and what little she had, she was more than happy to share with her family and Muslim community,” Mr. Gosse wrote in a tribute to his aunt on Facebook. “She would tell me stories about Ramadan when all the families would come together at the mosque sharing homemade meals and having a feast, laughing and chatting.”
Lateef Alabi, a leader at the Linwood mosque, told The New York Times that Ms. Armstrong had been among the victims there. Her younger brother, Tony Gosse, remembered her as a peaceful woman with a “a stubborn ideology of this world.”
“We didn’t always see eye to eye but she lived a very humble lifestyle and was always unselfishly helping others. She volunteered at refugee centers and was an advocate for women’s rights,” he said. “She always had an open ear and a shoulder to lean on.”
Mohammed Imran Khan
Mohammed Imran Khan, 47, also known as Imran Bhai, was originally from India and was killed at the Linwood mosque, Stuff reported. He owned a restaurant, the Indian Grill, and two other Christchurch businesses. A post on the restaurant’s Facebook page the day after the attacks said it would be closed indefinitely.
Hamza Mustafa
Hamza Mustafa, 16, called his mother when the shooting began at Al Noor mosque, she told Stuff.
“He said ‘Mum, there’s someone come into the mosque and he’s shooting us,’” Salwa Mustafa said. “I called ‘Hamza, Hamza,’ and I can hear his little voice and after that it was quiet.”
Hamza Mustafa attended Cashmere High School, as did Sayyad Milne, another teenager killed in the attack.
Khaled Mustafa
Khaled Mustafa, Hamza Mustafa’s father, was also killed at Al Noor mosque.
Radio New Zealand said the Mustafas were originally from war-ravaged Syria, and that they had moved to New Zealand from Jordan last year. Hamza’s 13-year-old brother Zaed was wounded.
“Our lives have completely changed,” Ms. Mustafa told Stuff.
Junaid Ismail
Junaid Ismail, 36, was a Christchurch native who worked at the family business, a dairy, according to Radio New Zealand. He had a wife and three children. His twin brother, Zahid, survived the shooting.
Abdelfattah Qasem
Abdelfattah Qasem, a 60-year-old Palestinian, worked in Kuwait for much of his life, Stuff reported. He moved to New Zealand with his family in the early 1990s, after the first Gulf War. A relative told Stuff that Mr. Qasem was “like an elder for the community,” known for helping newcomers to Christchurch. He had three daughters and was about to become a grandfather.
Ashraf Ali
Originally from Fiji, Ashraf Ali, 61, had lived in Christchurch for 17 years, Stuff reported.
Ashraf Ali Razat
Ashraf Ali Razat, 58, was visiting New Zealand from Fiji when he was killed, according to Radio New Zealand.
Mathullah Safi
Mathullah Safi, 55, killed at Al Noor mosque, came to New Zealand from Afghanistan through India about nine years ago, Stuff reported. He was married with seven children.
Hussein Al-Umari
Hussein Al-Umari, 35, killed at Al Noor mosque, worked in the travel industry but had recently lost his job, his parents told Stuff. The family moved to New Zealand from the United Arab Emirates 22 years ago, according to the news site.
Musa Vali Suleman Patel
Musa Vali Suleman Patel, 60, an imam in Fiji for about 25 years, had traveled to Australia and then New Zealand to spend time with children and friends, the Fiji Muslim League said in a statement. He “served selflessly as an imam, teacher, mentor, and was much sought after as a powerful orator and speaker,” the organization said in a statement. He is survived by his wife and five children.
Ashraf al-Masri
Ashraf al-Masri had two young children and worked in a shop, according to Stuff. His age was not reported.
Hussein Moustafa
Hussein Moustafa, 70, was originally from Egypt, according to Stuff. “He loved the mosque, he loved tidying it, he loved nourishing it and he was always a welcoming face there,” his daughter-in-law, Nada Tawfeek, told the news site.
Mounir Soliman
Mounir Soliman, 68, had been a design engineer and quality manager at Scotts Engineering in Christchurch since 1997, according to Stuff. He was a “lovely man,” said a spokeswoman for the company, Glenda Hillstead. He was married and had no children.
Zeeshan Raza, Ghulam Husain, Karam Bibi
Zeeshan Raza, 38, was the only son of Ghulam Husain and Karam Bibi.
Mr Raza had a degree in mechanical engineering, and specialised in motorcycles. In 2014, he moved to Auckland as a permanent New Zealand resident. Just a few days before the attack, he had moved to Christchurch and rented a home near the Al Noor mosque. His parents were visiting him last week.
He and his parents (Ghulam Husain, Karam Bibi) were killed at the Linwood mosque.
Ghulam Husain grew up in Karachi, Pakistan, and worked for Pakistan Airlines until his retirement. Karam Bibi was born in Karachi, but her parents were from Punjab province.
They went with their son to his regular mosque on Friday. All three were killed and will be buried in New Zealand.
They are survived by their daughter, Maryam Gul. She told BBC Urdu she would not be able to attend their funerals.
“But I will try to go there as soon as I can.”
Abdukadir Elmi
Abdukadir Elmi, 78, came to New Zealand with his family about 10 years ago, Stuff reported. In a Facebook post, his son, Said Abdukadir, said he was “a giant among his community,” generally known as Sheikh Abdukadir. “Kids would run to grab his chair when they hear the noise of his cane hitting against ground upon his entrance,” he wrote. He is survived by five sons, four daughters and his wife of nearly 50 years, according to Stuff.

Mohsin Al Harbi
Mohsin Al Harbi had lived for 25 years in New Zealand, where he worked in water desalination. After the shooting, his wife, Manal, was hospitalized with a heart attack while searching for him, Stuff reported.
Osama Adnan Youssef Kwaik
Osama Adnan Youssef Kwaik, 37, was born in Gaza and raised in Egypt, according to Stuff. A civil engineer, he moved to Christchurch in 2017 and was in the process of applying for New Zealand citizenship. He had a wife and three children, one of whom was born in Christchurch.
Mojammel Hoq
Mojammel Hoq, 30, moved to New Zealand from Bangladesh a few years ago and was studying in Christchurch, according to Radio New Zealand.
Mohammed Omar Faruk
Mohammed Omar Faruk, 36, was a welder who came to New Zealand from Bangladesh about two years ago, a friend told Stuff. His pregnant wife remained in Bangladesh, the friend said.
Muhammed Abdus Samad
Muhammed Abdusi Samad, 66, from Bangladesh, was a lecturer at Lincoln University who often led prayers at Al Noor mosque, Stuff reported.
Muse Nur Awale
Muse Nur Awale, 77, had been living in Christchurch for about 30 years, Stuff reported. He was married and had no children.
Ahmed Gamaluddin Abdel-Ghany
Ahmed Gamaluddin Abdel-Ghany, 68, emigrated from Egypt with his wife and son in 1996, Stuff reported. His son, Omar, called him “a great man with the purest of hearts” in an Instagram post.
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