After my last 2 posts on the London rioting which had spread across major cities in the UK, I was moved to tears tonight by a dignified man clutching a photo of his son who along with 2 other young men, were killed in last night’s rioting. This is a tragic end to 3 young men’s lives and completely needless.
Tariq Jahan’s words are ringing in my ears and they are now all over twitter and Tariq Jahan’s name is trending.
The words that seem to have brought the rioting to a standstill; “I have lost my son – if you want to lose yours step forward, otherwise calm down and go home. Please. I believe in divine fate and destiny, and it was his destiny and his fate, and now he’s gone” Tariq Jahan
His dignity, wisdom and faith has done more tonight than any politician, police officer, or community leader has done all week. My thoughts and prayers are with the family. May they get peace now.
RIP Haroon Jahad, 21, Shazad Ali, 30 and Abdul Musavir, 31
Michael Seamark says in the Daily Mail;
- Tariq Jahan Urges people not to seek revenge for his son’s death
- Desperately tried to perform CPR on his dying son Haroon, 21
- Brothers Shazad Ali, 30 and Abdul Musavir, 31, were the other fatalities
- Trio were were knocked down by a car doing 50mph
- Prime Minister offers his condolences to the victims’ families
- Racial tensions simmer in Winson Green area of Birmingham
It would have been so easy to demand ‘an eye for an eye’ and risk a race war on the riot-torn streets.
But with immense dignity, Tariq Jahan, whose 21-year-old son was mown down and killed in an apparently racist murder in Birmingham, appealed for calm yesterday.
Haroon Jahan was one of three young Muslims who died after they were thrown into the air ‘like tennis balls’ when they were hit by a car which mounted the pavement at 50mph while they were trying to protect local shops from looters on Tuesday night.
With some Muslims calling for ‘retribution’, 45-year-old Mr Jahan – who desperately tried to revive his dying son – urged people not to seek revenge.
Standing on a wall in front of a crowd he said: ‘I lost my son. Blacks, Asians, whites – we all live in the same community.
‘Why do we have to kill one another? Why are we doing this?
‘Step forward if you want to lose your sons. Otherwise, calm down and go home – please.’
This was never about race. It was about the youth of today violently vandalising and stealing from their own communities.
Now it’s an excuse to blame everyone else, it’s always someone else’s colour, someone else’s faith, someone else’s culture.
Let’s not keep overshadowing these issues, these deaths. Let us deal with issues as they come and move forward….
And accept that we are all responsible in some small way.