‘Hashim was our dearest, smartest, soft-hearted and generous brother and uncle; and my best friend. He was one year ahead of me in school and everybody used to know him since he was very smart and sociable. I used to be known not as me, but as ‘Hashim’s sister’, a sister of the smartest boy in our school. He had an almost ‘irritating’ loud voice and he used to love to laugh; he had the widest smile a person could have. He was generous; he loved to share whatever he had with others without thinking a lot about tomorrow. He was a favourite uncle to my daughters….’ – Assema
‘I can’t even begin to list all the things that made you the best uncle, brother, father or friend one could possibly ask for. You were intelligent, smart, hardworking, hilarious, and caring. You were always there for everyone and anyone who needed help. You were different than all the other adult figures in my life. You let me share my thoughts with you and you made me feel like my opinions mattered. (And as the opinionated person I am, I’ve always appreciated that.) One moment we would have long and serious discussions, and the next one would be filled with nothing but jokes and laughter. I made fun of you and you made fun of me, that was the essence of our relationship.
‘Yahya, Firdaws and Yaqub were the most incredible children, and they’re proof of what an amazing father you were. Thank you so much for being there for my mum, my sister, our entire family and me. You made us all better people. I’ve learnt so much from you, and I’ll carry that with me forever. I will continue to be inspired by your hard work, your kindness and the way that you lived your life.’ – Hanan