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Haji Mohemmed Daoud Nabi

Having lived in soviet war-torn Afghanistan, Haji Mohemmed Daoud Nabi, a retired engineer, decided to move with his family to New Zealand in seventy-nine and since then became a father to his entire community. The Red army had committed genocide in Afghanistan. The numbers of those murdered by that regime exceeded two million in a parade of terror that lasted for years. Haji-Daoud learned many lessons from his life Afghanistan, the cruelty and aggression of the occupiers made him understand the values of humanity, peace and life better than anybody else.

Haji Mohemmed Daoud Nabi had established deep bonds with the community, not only did he help in founding the first mosques in New Zealand but he made it his life’s goal to help alleviate the misfortune and misery faced by other refugees seeking safety in the western world.

An old frail man of seventy one years, he decided to turn himself into a shield in an attempt to protect other Muslims from the bullets fired by the supremacist. The heroic story was narrated by Yama, one of his sons who had reached the location later than intended, he saw his friend Ramazan repeatedly stating that Haji had saved his life by placing his body in the line of fire.

Haji Mohemmed Daoud Nabi was a beloved leader but an ordinary man none-the-less; An ordinary man with extraordinary principals and values; An ordinary man who towered above others by standing up for his fellow humans and making the well-being of his community his sole focus. He passed away a martyr after being hit by three bullets.

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