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Saturday, September 09, 2006

Shabbir Ahmed

With a great sense of respect and humility, I am remembering a 9/11 World Trade Center victim, murdered as he worked by bin Laden's Islamo facist devotees.

I am proudly a small part of Dale's blogging tribute to the 2996 victims murdered on that day five years ago. Dale called upon 2996 bloggers to each be given a name of a victim to remember as we approach the fifth anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on our soil.

Dale said, "We will honor them by remembering their lives, and not by remembering their murderers." Visit the website for all the names and bloggers involved - www.dcroe.com

I do not have personal knowledge or memories of the victim chosen for me to remember. I took information about Shabbir Ahmed from a site called Wall of Americans.com and read a very nice obituary of Mr. Ahmed.

Shabbir Ahmed was 45 years old on September 11, 2001. Leaving early for work was his habit. He left his home at 4:00 a.m. to be there by 6:00 a.m. We was known for being punctual and never missing a day of work. He was an employee of the restaurant at the top of the World Trade Center, Windows on the World. He was a banquet waiter, securing his job through his older brother who was a cook there. The brother, Mosobbir, left for employment at an uptown hotel after the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center but Ahmed stayed. He loved his job but hoped for better for his children.

Ahmed was one of six children originally from Bangladesh. He came to this country in 1982 and began his job at Windows on the World. He lived his dreams through his children. He wanted his children to make good grades and go to college. He dropped out of college to come to the U.S. and it was a great source of pride when his daughter Nadia received a commendation from Brooklyn Borough President Howard Golden for straight A's in fifth grade. She graduated as valedictorian.

Ahmed enjoyed growing tomatoes, squash and the "hottest chiles in the world", according to his brother. His brother said, "We are fun people. We enjoyed life. Somebody put a stop to it for the meantime."

Seventy-eight other employees of the restaurant lost their lives on that day five years ago.

Ahmed left behind a wife,Jeba, a son Thanbir age 16, and two daughters, Salma age 19, and Nadia, age 12. A memorial service was held for him at Jamaica Muslim Center in Queens.

Ahmed was a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh living in Marine Park, Brooklyn. He loved to go fishing and did so on weekends. It was an activity that reminded him of his native country.

Ahmed is missed and remembered by many.

10 comments:

Richard said...

Shabbir Ahmed was a typical NY'er. It is a city of immigrants, a city of hardworking dreamers.

regards,

srp said...

They killed people of their own faith. For no reason. These murderers, these fanatics deserve nothing, they should have no rights at all, they are subhuman as are any who subscribe to their brand of "be Muslim or die" terror.

Beverly said...

Your post is wonderful. I did not succeed in finding the information that I would have liked about my person.

Thanks for directing me to the site about the remembrance.

SEAWITCH said...

Ahmed lived the Amrican dream and wanted what most immigrants to our country want: to prosper and to live in freedom.

Great post.

Jennifer said...

Beautifully done, my friend. I'm so grateful that you participated in this incredibly moving project.

Southern Girl said...

Lovely tribute, thank you.

I have mine up as well.

MysteriousLady said...

I heard last night on the news how 3000 children lost a parent that day. The average age of the child was 9.

So sad that we lost so many people full of life and character. Just terrible.

Mine is up a tribute to Chris Traina.

Sassenach said...

A permalink has been created for the 2996 database (I am helping out as a list captain).

You may have noticed that the main site for 2996 has gone down, due to the extremely high volume of traffic this project generated. Mirror sites have been put up that show the list of names and links. If you can, please change your link to the list to one of the following sites:

• http://www.madmommajen.com/?p=3
• http://bamapachyderm.com/2996-the-911-tributes/
• http://www.onebigdog.net/2996-tributes/

Thank you for taking the time to write this tribute.

Alabama said...

Thanks for participating in the tribute, you did a great job. It is so very sad.

kateandjona said...

This was a great tribute.