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Tariq Amanullah went to work at the World Trade Center on 9/11 and simply never returned. He is often identified as an assistant vice president of Fiduciary Trust. However, few people know that Amanullah, a Muslim by faith, was also one of the founding members of 877-Why-Islam.

877-Why-Islam team members remember Amanullah for his humility, his devoted nature, and his selfless work. “The mere mention of Br. Tariq Amanullah’s name evokes a range of feelings within me; from a sense of loss to profound admiration for his contribution to the cause of Islam,” expressed Musaddique Thange.

“Br. Tariq was a very humble man. He had a unique smile and was soft spoken in nature. He had a down-to-earth personality and was very meticulous in his work. He was a valuable team member and was loved by everyone,” reminisced Saeed Khan.

Most team members’ last memories of Amanullah are associated with the Great Muslim Adventure Day, which was held at Six Flags Great Adventure, New Jersey, days before 9/11 and where they met him last. “How can I forget Br. Tariq Amanullah? I still remember my last talk with him at the Six Flag Park Arena after a tiring day. I still see his smiling face from that day,” recalled Mohiuddin Syed.

Tariq Amanullah had managed the ticket booth at this 877-Why-Islam event. “I had never thought that after a few days I am going to lose this very dear friend of mine,” mourned Khan. “From that year onwards, I have volunteered myself to manage the responsibility of the ticket booth, just to share my deep feelings and love for Br. Tariq.”

“To me, Br. Tariq Amanullah was the epitome of the ideal Islamic worker; always available to serve the cause, and yet humble to the point of being self-effacing,” said Thange. “The memories of his dedicated service will always remain a source of motivation for me and for many others who had the privilege of knowing him.”

Tariq Amanullah (1961-2001) was survived by his parents, siblings, wife, and two children.

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