The controversy surrounding the Islamic Center near the site of the 9/11 tragedy has not only exposed the increasing xenophobia and racism in the United States but also that certain groups believe this is the definitive expression of “americanness”.  By their terms, failure to hate people who belong to the same faith as those who bombed the two towers, is akin to failing to be N. American. By extension, they assume that no other faith was represented amongst the victims beside Christianity and no people who died, read “good Americans”, were of different faiths, races, or even sexualities because to be different is to be “un-American” or “not American.”

I had meant to write a long piece about this discussing the image and meaning of N. America vs the history of oppression that sits underneath its surface. My goal was to appeal to people to choose the former, ie humanity, equality, freedom, including religious freedom,  over hatred, xenophobia, and jingoism. But then I thought, perhaps the most powerful counter-argument to those who want us to permanently link Muslims to Terrorism and therefore deny the rights of Muslims to build a multi-faith center near the 9/11 site is to remind people of all the Muslim Americans who died in those attacks alongside everyone else. Muslims who were just doing their jobs as workers who helped keep the trade centers going or who had offices in the building. Muslims who helped dig through the rubble to find people, were first responder, and volunteers who helped save lives that day.

Today, when you remember the tragedy that took so many people’s lives but also during the two wars that continue to follow it, please remember these Muslims who died in 9/11 and the fact that their families have just as much right to worship and study near the site as anyone else:

Note: This list is as yet incomplete and unconfirmed.  It has been compiled from the Islamic Circle of North America, the Newsday victims database, and reports from other major news organizations.  The victims’ ages, employers, or other personal information is included when available, along with links to further information or photos.

Samad Afridi
Ashraf Ahmad
Shabbir Ahmad (45 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and 3 children)
Umar Ahmad
Azam Ahsan
Ahmed Ali
Tariq Amanullah (40 years old; Fiduciary Trust Co.; ICNA website team member; leaves wife and 2 children)
Touri Bolourchi (69 years old; United Airlines #175; a retired nurse from Tehran)
Salauddin Ahmad Chaudhury
Abdul K. Chowdhury (30 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
Mohammad S. Chowdhury (39 years old; Windows on the World; leaves wife and child born 2 days after the attack)
Jamal Legesse Desantis
Ramzi Attallah Douani (35 years old; Marsh & McLennan)
SaleemUllah Farooqi
Syed Fatha (54 years old; Pitney Bowes)
Osman Gani
Mohammad Hamdani (50 years old)
Salman Hamdani (NYPD Cadet)
Aisha Harris (21 years old; General Telecom)
Shakila Hoque (Marsh & McLennan)
Nabid Hossain
Shahzad Hussain
Talat Hussain
Mohammad Shah Jahan (Marsh & McLennan)
Yasmeen Jamal
Mohammed Jawarta (MAS security)
Arslan Khan Khakwani
Asim Khan
Ataullah Khan
Ayub Khan
Qasim Ali Khan
Sarah Khan (32 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
Taimour Khan (29 years old; Karr Futures)
Yasmeen Khan
Zahida Khan
Badruddin Lakhani
Omar Malick
Nurul Hoque Miah (36 years old)
Mubarak Mohammad (23 years old)
Boyie Mohammed (Carr Futures)
Raza Mujtaba
Omar Namoos
Mujeb Qazi
Tarranum Rahim
Ehtesham U. Raja (28 years old)
Ameenia Rasool (33 years old)
Naveed Rehman
Yusuf Saad
Rahma Salie & unborn child (28 years old; American Airlines #11; wife of Michael Theodoridis; 7 months pregnant)
Shoman Samad
Asad Samir
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
Sanober Syed
Robert Elias Talhami (40 years old; Cantor Fitzgerald)
Michael Theodoridis (32 years old; American Airlines #11; husband of Rahma Salie)
W. Wahid

– This list was compiled by

We are all N. Americans and we all lost someone or some peace that day. When we hate each other we lose even more.