Mudasar Bashir (left) and family of Bondi Junction victim Faraz Tahir
Bondi Junction security guard Faraz Tahir's family have flown from Pakistan to farewell him. Image by Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS
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‘In his blood’ for security guard to protect people

Belad Al-karkhey April 25, 2024

A brother, an uncle and now a national hero, the family of Faraz Tahir say he was much more than a security guard on the day he died.

His eldest brother and head of the family, Muzafar Ahmad Tahir, said he was a stranger to most, but gave his blood to protect the public.

Mr Tahir was one of the six victims killed at Westfield Bondi Junction on April 13 in a mass stabbing rampage.

Faraz Tahir.
 Security guard Faraz Tahir was the only male victim to die in the attack. Image by HANDOUT/AHMADIYYA MUSLIM COMMUNITY AUSTRALIA 

The 30-year-old refugee was on his first day shift at the complex when Queensland man Joel Cauchi began attacking people.

Mr Tahir had fled persecution in Pakistan before arriving in Australia in 2022, which he intended to be his final home.

He was the only male victim to die in the Bondi Junction attack.

The lives of Jade Young, 47, Ashlee Good, 38, Dawn Singleton, 25, Pikria Darchia, 55, and Yixuan Cheng, 27, were also lost in the tragedy.

NSW Police Inspector Amy Scott ended 40-year-old Cauchi’s rampage when she shot him on level five of the complex as shoppers fled.

(L-R) Sheraz Ahmad Munir Ahmad, Muzafar Ahmad Tahir and Mudasar Bashir
 Mudasar Bashir (right), with his brothers, said lots of people lived because of their brother. Image by Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS 

Instead of celebrating his 31st birthday on Wednesday, Mr Tahir’s family spent the once joyous occasion flying in from overseas to see his body for the first time.

Older by three years, brother Mudasar Bashir said that “it was in his blood” for Mr Tahir to protect and care for the people around him.

The guard’s actions were unsurprising to those that knew him, Mr Bashir said on Thursday, despite the shock of his untimely death.

“I think lots of people are alive because of him,” he said.

“We (the family) couldn’t believe it, even till now, but somehow we have to.

“For some days, it was very hard for us … we were thinking that he might call us and say that he’s OK.”

Mr Fahir's family wtih  Imam Inamul Haq Kauser (centre)
 Three of Mr Tahir’s brothers, an uncle and a nephew were at a mosque preparing for his funeral. Image by Dan Himbrechts/AAP PHOTOS 

Except they didn’t get a call, said Mr Bashir, who still remembers speaking to his brother the night before his shift.

“I was on the call with him and he said that he had a job,” he said.

“I said OK, don’t worry, sleep. We’ll talk tomorrow. And it was the last time (we spoke).”

Three of Mr Tahir’s brothers, an uncle and a nephew were at a Marsden Park mosque in Sydney’s northwest on Thursday, preparing for his funeral there on Friday.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and NSW Premier Chris Minns have been invited to the service, where Mr Minns intends to say a few words.

It will be the first time that a premier has been invited by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community to speak at such an event, given Mr Tahir’s national impact.

The Bondi Junction shopping centre re-opened for trade on April 19 following a day of community reflection.

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