Islamic Voice A Monthly English Magazine
Rabi-Ul Awwal/Rabi-Ul Akhir 1423 H
June 2002
Volume 15-06 No:186

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Salman Hamdani among US Heroes list

Salman Hamdani among US Heroes list

Hamdani was ever eager to help people in distress.
He laid down his life while rescuing victims at the WTC on September 11.
Now a memorial fund has been instituted in his name.

Hates Off to Salman Hamdani..... The Real American Hero taking his last journey

Washington : Americans have honoured the 23 year old Muslim youth, Salman Hamdani, who laid down his life while carrying out rescue and relief work at the site of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11 last year. Hamdani carried the passion to serve the humanity on his sleeves. He would rush to sites of human distress without a call. He went to the WTC site on the morning of September 11 a little before the second tower collapsed. It was guessed that he died when it collapsed. This was confirmed only on March 20 this year when the officers of the New York Police knocked at his house in New York and conveyed the news about his mortal remains being found.

An Urdu press release from the Public Affairs Section of the American Embassy in New Delhi has termed Salman Hamdani as a ‘Muslim American Hero of September 11’. The release says Hamdani was working with the Harvard Hooks Medical Institute of the Rockefeller University in New York as a laboratory technician. He saw the two towers on fire while going to work on a train. He got down at the next station and turned towards the WTC to join the relief and rescue operations. It is guessed that he died while engaged in operations. Though nothing could be known immediately, he was on the list of missing persons for nearly six months. Since he had received training in emergency medical relief and everyone knew about his nature, it was expected that he died while working on the site. Joseph Nicola, a senior director at the Rockefeller University says that everyone who knew Salman Hamdani had guessed on the same lines.

Finally, the New York Police delivered the death certificate of Salman Hamdani to his parents Talat and Saleem Hamdani on March 20. He was also mentioned among the martyrs in the US Patriot Act 2001, which was approved by the US Congress. Thousands of people attended his funeral at the Manhattan Mosque. Among them was New York Mayor Michael Bloomburg. Bloomburg told the mourners, “Hamdani died the death of a hero. When everyone was running towards the opposite direction, Hamdani rushed to the site of distress and laid down his life while saving others.” The funeral was also attended by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelley and several top officers of the New York Police. Salman had even served as a cadet in the New York Police while studying at Queens College. Hamdani wanted to be a doctor. He had migrated to the US when he was one year old. Her mother Talat takes pride in the fact that her son’s name was mentioned among American heroes in the Patriot Act passed on October 23. The students of Harvard Hooks Medical Institute of the Rockefeller University have founded the ‘Martyr Mohammad Salman Hamdani Memorial Fund’ to help finance the medical studies of some Pakistani students.

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