Hundreds Gather at Sydney Mosque to Mourn Hero Security Guard Killed in Bondi Junction Stabbing

Refugee security guard Faraz Tahir sacrificed his life to stop a mass stabbing attack in Sydney, honoring his bravery and the challenges faced by refugees seeking safety in Australia.

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Hundreds Gather at Sydney Mosque to Mourn Hero Security Guard Killed in Bondi Junction Stabbing

Hundreds Gather at Sydney Mosque to Mourn Hero Security Guard Killed in Bondi Junction Stabbing

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the Baitul Huda Mosque in Marsden Park, Sydney, on Friday to honor the memory of Faraz Tahir, a 30-year-old security guard who sacrificed his life while trying to stop a mass stabbing attack at the Westfield Bondi Junction shopping center on April 13.

Tahir, a refugee who had fled persecution in Pakistan and arrived in Australia in 2022, was on his first day shift at the complex when the attack occurred.

The prayer service was organized by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, and both Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Premier Chris Minns were invited to attend, with Minns intending to say a few words. This marks the first time a premier has been invited by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to address such a gathering, highlighting the national impact of Tahir's actions.

Tahir's family, including his three brothers, an uncle, and a nephew, reunited in their grief and were present at the funeral service. The eldest brother, Muzafar Ahmad Tahir, described Faraz as a courageous man who showed strength from a very young age. "He was a very brave person, very strong... He was very young when he started earning for his family," Muzafar stated.

Faraz Tahir was the only male victim to die in the Bondi Junction attack, which claimed the lives of five other people. He was described as a dedicated protector and a cherished member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim community in Australia. Tahir had emigrated from Pakistan via the UN refugee agency, fleeing persecution in his native country where the Ahmadiyya faith is heavily suppressed.

Why this matters: The tragic death of Faraz Tahir has struck a chord with the Australian public, who have shown an immense display of support and sympathy for the hero security guard. Tahir's sacrifice highlights the bravery and dedication of those who put their lives on the line to protect others, and serves as a reminder of the challenges faced by refugees seeking safety and a better life in Australia.

The head of Tahir's family expressed their belief that he would be safe in Australia, but they were devastated by his tragic death. "We thought that he's going to a very safe place, that he will be happy there... But unfortunately, this thing has happened," he expressed. The family wanted Tahir to be laid to rest in Australia, which they

Key Takeaways

  • Faraz Tahir, a 30-year-old security guard, sacrificed his life to stop a mass stabbing attack in Sydney.
  • Tahir was a refugee who had fled persecution in Pakistan and arrived in Australia in 2022.
  • The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community organized a prayer service to honor Tahir, with the NSW Premier attending.
  • Tahir's family expressed their belief that he would be safe in Australia, but were devastated by his death.
  • Tahir's sacrifice highlights the bravery of those who protect others and the challenges faced by refugees in Australia.