In Memorium: Muslims who Died Inside the WTC on 9/11 | November 05, 2007

There is a list here, preceded by three stories of Muslims who died that day. The list is attributed to the Islamic Circle of North America, and I have sent a message via their website asking that they confirm or deny this. The reason I say this is because it occured to me to start cross-checking the list against well-known 9/11 victim lists like this one or this one.

Samad Afridi (not on the victims list)
Ashraf Ahmad (not on the victims list)
Shabbir Ahmed (I'm correcting the misspelling. Ahmed's child Thanbir and Nicholas, the son of 9/11 victim Michelle Lanza, are in the movie "Telling Nicholas")
Umar Ahmad (not on the victims list)
Azam Ahsan (not on the victims list)
Ahmed Ali (not on the victims list)
Tariq Amanullah (He worked on the website of the Islamic Circle of North America)
Touri Bolourchi (A retired nurse who emigrated to the US from Iran)
Salauddin Ahmad Chaudhury (not on the victims list)
Abul K. Chowdhury (Cantor Fitzgerald analyst)
Mohammad S. Chowdhury (Windows on the World, father of one of the first 9/11 orphans, born two days after the attack)
Jamal Legesse Desantis
Ramzi Attallah Douani (His name is spelled Doany on one list, Doani on the other list)
SaleemUllah Farooqi (not on either victims list)
Syed Fatha (54 years old; Pitney Bowes)
Osman Gani (not on the victims list)
Mohammad Hamdani (There is only one Hamdani on the list, Mohammad Salman Hamdani, who was one of the heroes of that day)
Salman Hamdani (see above)
Aisha Harris (21 years old; General Telecom)
Shakila Hoque (not on the victims list)
Nabid Hossain (not on the victims list)
Shahzad Hussain (not on the victims list)
Talat Hussain (not on the victims list)
Mohammad Shah Jahan (not on the victims list)
Yasmeen Jamal (not on the victims list)
Mohammed Jawara (MAS security)
Arslan Khan Khakwani (not on the victims list)
Asim Khan (not on the victims list)
Ataullah Khan (not on the victims list)
Ayub Khan (not on the victims list)
Qasim Ali Khan (not on the victims list)
Sarah Khan (32 years old; the list at said she worked for Cantor Fitzgerald, but she worked for Forte Food Services)
Taimour Khan (29 years old; Carr Futures)
Yasmeen Khan (not on the victims list)
Zahida Khan (not on the victims list)
Badruddin Lakhani (not on the victims list)
Omar Malick (not on the victims list)
Nurul Huq Miah (35 years old)
Mubarak Mohammad (not on the victims list)
Boyie Mohammed (Carr Futures)
Raza Mujtaba (not on the victims list)
Omar Namoos (not on the victims list)
Mujeb Qazi (not on the victims list)
Tarranum Rahim (not on the victims list)
Ehtesham U. Raja (28 years old)
Amenia Rasool (33 years old)
Naveed Rehman (not on the victims list)
Yusuf Saad (not on the victims list)
Rahma Salie & unborn child (28 years old; American Airlines #11; wife of Michael Theodoridis; 7 months pregnant)
Shoman Samad (not on the victims list)
Asad Samir (not on the victims list)
Khalid Shahid (25 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald; engaged to be married in November)
Mohammed Shajahan (44 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
Naseema Simjee (Franklin Resources Inc.'s Fiduciary Trust)
Jamil Swaati (not on the victims list)
Sanober Syed (not on the victims list)
Robert Elias Talhami (40 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
Michael Theodoridis (32 years old; American Airlines #11; husband of Rahma Salie)
W. Wahid (not on the victims list)

Given that there are some alternate spellings of names (such as Shabbir Ahmed and Ramzi Douni), I'm open to the possibility that there are some people who aren't on this list that should be. I'm also willing to consider the possibility that first and last names may be transposed. I don't know when this list was compiled. Perhaps it was compiled when many people were unable to contact their families. I don't want to believe that the compiler of this list would inflate the figures, but it seems I have to.

By my reckoning, 23 Muslims were killed in the 9/11 attacks, about 3/4 of one percent of the total victims. The Pew Muslim American study estimated that Muslims constituted 0.6 percent of the American adult population. So the percentage of 9/11 victims who were Muslims is very similar to the percentage of Americans who are Muslims. And Omar Shahin was off by a factor of 50.

7/19/10 UPDATE: It should be noticed that the list at has not been changed between November 2007, when this post was written, and July 2010. I therefore do not consider to be an accurate source on this subject.

This post, written in December of 2007, updates the number to 28, based on email conversations with Adem Carroll of ICNA. It should be noted that none of the names I added to the list were on the list.

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