The Amana Foundation’s initial launch on the 20th was a private affair attended by family and close friends of the late Mabaswir Khan, whose work inspired it’s creation. The young members of the family paid moving and tearful tributes to his life and work.
A recitation from the Koran was read by Saif Kahn. Ambia Khatun author of “Black Dragons” read a poem written for the occasion expressing her sadness at his loss which was shared by so many, but also the pride and inspiration he gave her through both his work and love. Fatema Khatun and Syra Khan also spoke of the great inspiration that their grandfather was through his compassion and helping of others throughout his life, speaking of him as a guiding light. Mohsin Khan read a letter from the MP Micheal Meacher, expressing his personal sadness hearing of the loss and commenting on the kindness and insight into the community that the late Mr Khan gave. This was echoed by a letter from Oldham Councillor Battye who also wrote of the inspirational community leader whose dedication was instrumental in the building of the Millennium Centre in Westwood.
A video excerpt from the funeral was shown, courtesy of Bangla TV followed by a slide-show of the Shinni in Bangladesh by Moshahid Khan and a retrospective of historical pictures of Mabaswir Khan at work and with family over the last 30 years. At the close of the event a number of young people present signed up as volunteers to help with activities and fund-raising.
It is indeed inspiring to see that the kindness and good work in a man’s life can continue beyond his own lifetime to move and motivate the generations that follow.