Zeshan Raza was one of three individuals from a single family who were murdered on March 15th at Linwood Masjid in Christchurch.
Raza, his father, Ghulam Hussain, and mother, Karam Bibi, all died at the Linwood Masjid. Raza was 37 years old. They lost their lives together while attending Friday prayers, like so many others on that day.
Hussain and Bibi arrived in New Zealand in February 2019 to visit their son who moved there in 2018. It was meant to be a joyous occasion for a family, separated by vast distances, to come together and enjoy each other’s company. They did not know it would be their last time doing so. Now Raza’s sister, the sole remaining member of the family, grieves for her lost brother and parents from her home in Pakistan, according to Stuff magazine’s report.
Raza had a degree in mechanical engineering and specialised in motorcycles. He moved to Christchurch in December for work, Stuff reported in a story about the shooting.
“Mr Zeeshan Raza, his father Mr Ghulam Hussain and mother Ms Karam Bibi have now been confirmed to have embraced Shahadat in the terrorist attack in [New Zealand],” said a tweet by the government of Pakistan.
Friends and colleagues left their thoughts and prayers on a Facebook memorial post. “According to media reports his Mother & Father also died with him there. Which is extremely sad. If it’s true. I also worked with him. Nice Person he was. May Allah rest his soul in eternal peace. Ameen,” said one. “He was very nice and hard working man. I am very upset after hearing of that news,” said another.
Another friend posted on Facebook: “Really I can’t believe… very very sad news when I was in New Zealand I talked to him couple of times and he was in Auckland with reputable job…he embraced Shahada with both of his parents.”
One post was particularly emotional: “My eyes are full of tears! He was such a wonderful man, sincere with everyone and his entire family was so down to earth! I have no words to express my feelings.”
Raza was clearly a kind man who positively influenced those around him. He will be dearly missed.