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Funeral for FARAZ

An estimated 1,000 people attended the funeral to honour security officer Faraz Tahir at Baitul Huda Mosque at Marsden Park on Friday (26th April).

Faraz lost his life trying to protect people from a knifeman at Westfield Bondi Junction on Saturday, 13th April.

Five women stabbed on that day also died, Jade Young, Ashlee Good, Dawn Singleton, Pikria Darchia, and Yixuan Cheng.

Twelve others were wounded, including Ashlee’s nine-monthold daughter and security guard Muhammad Taha. He left Royal Prince Alfred Hospital to attend the funeral in a wheelchair. He said: “It’s very painful. I can’t even sleep. Lots of nightmares.”

Faraz, a refugee from Pakistan, would have turned 31 this week. He was a member of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and volunteered his time with a Muslim youth organisation. It was his first day shift at Westfield Bondi Junction when a 40-year-old knifeman started attacking people that Saturday afternoon.

Faraz’s family members, including his three brothers, travelled from overseas to be at the service. His eldest brother Mudasar Bashir said: “He was very brave and he was strong … he was the bravest person I’ve ever seen.”

Inamul Haq Kauser, President of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Australia said: “His sacrifice has been recognised by all Australians. Although he was a stranger in this country … he sacrificed his life for all Australians.”

Funeral For Faraz Tahir

He said an annual blood donation program has been set up in Faraz’s name … giving blood to save others.

Mourners at Friday’s service included Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Premier Chris Minns.

Mr Albanese said Faraz’s life was about giving back.

“His kindness uplifted all those it touched – and it inspired all those who witnessed it.

“It is so fitting that the Ahmadiyya Muslim community are helping honour Faraz Tahir’s life with a blood drive.“

“Faraz Tahir gave everything to help others: his time, his energy, his optimism and dedication, his heart and his soul. And on that devastating Saturday afternoon at Bondi Junction, he gave his life.

Running toward danger, to protect people he had never even met. Without doubt, he helped save lives that day. Without question, Faraz Tahir died a hero.”

Following the ceremony Faraz was buried at Riverstone Cemetery.

The campaign, Faraz’s Gift, has been established in partnership with Red Cross Lifeblood to encourage Australians to give blood. Adnan Qadir, President of AMYA, said: “With ‘Faraz’s Gift,’ we honor Faraz and the five courageous individuals who lost their lives, by inviting Australians to help continue their legacy.

This blood drive is a tribute to their spirit of community service and bravery.” There are several pop-up Lifeblood collection centres in the Hawkesbury, Hills and Blacktown areas. To find out where and how to donate contact Lifeblood 13 14 95 or visit

Bev Jordan

Bev Jordan studied journalism at Harlow College in the UK.  She achieves a Diploma in Journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists. After migrating to Australia at the end of 1984, she took up a Senior Journalist position with Cumberland Newspapers, based on the Parramatta Advertiser. She has since worked on the Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald and was a lecturer in Journalism at Macleay College in Sydney. Bev returned to Cumberland Newspapers (NewsLocal) and worked for 30 years covering all different mastheads, including Mosman Daily, Mount Druitt Standard and finally Hills Shire Times for the last 17 of those years. Bev’s passion has always been local community journalism.  She says “As a journalist, I have always seen it as my job to inform, inspire and involve.  I am a passionate advocate for organisations and people making a difference to the world around them. Connectedness is so important to the health of an individual but also to a community, no matter how small or large.

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