They died in New York : Meet Tariq Amanullah
Among the hundreds of Muslims who died in the New York tragedy was a man
from Karachi, Tariq Amanullah. Here is a write-up on Tariq by the New York
Times along with his picture. Read a prayer for him; he didn't deserve to
die this brutal death.
Always in Demand
As a boy in Karachi, Pakistan, Tariq Amanullah was obsessed with building
things. Whenever his father went away on business, he would ask him to bring
back a "how to" book of some sort. He played with Lego building blocks for
hours. He built himself a chair, to place in his father's study.
As a man living in Metuchen, N.J., Mr. Amanullah, 40, couldn't say no. And
so his talents -- as handyman, tax preparer, investment adviser -- were
spread far and wide among family and friends.
If his sister, Nilofer Usman, needed a garage door opener installed, Mr.
Amanullah insisted on doing it. If a niece needed help selecting college
classes, Uncle Tariq's advice was solicited. If anyone needed help selecting
an insurance policy or figuring out an investment strategy, his phone rang.
In springtime, so many friends and relatives sought his help on filing taxes
that his family sometimes jokingly suggested that Mr. Amanullah, a vice
president at Fiduciary Trust and the father of a boy and a girl, hang a
shingle out front.
"Even though he was younger than me, I always had that feeling -- he'll give
me the right advice," Ms. Usman said. "Even his friends, if anybody needed
anything, he would take the time out and help them. He would never say, `I
don't have time, I'm sorry.' "