The Hashim Family Legacy – MAKING CHILDREN’S DREAMS COME TRUE
‘Firdaws was an intelligent, wise and eloquent 12-year-old girl with an amazing voice. She loved reading so much that her father used to say ‘I will go bankrupt if I keep on buying books for her at the same pace as she finishes reading them.’ She used language beautifully.’
– Assema (auntie) on Firdaws
14 June 2017
The Grenfell fire had a devestating impact on everyone at Solidarity Sports. In the fire we tragically lost three children and their parents. Over five years we had built up a close relationship with two of these beautiful children, Yayha and Firdaws.
We are determined to establish an appropriate legacy following this terrible event. The Hashim Family Legacy exists to fulfill the dreams of children traumatized by the Grenfell fire. The committee is made up of family and friends of Yaqub, Firdaws, Yahya, Nura and Hashim.
Firdaws’ best friend said: ‘Before she died she told me her dream was to go to Disneyland’. Her wish, in particular, has inspired this legacy, which has one very simple objective: to make children’s dreams come true.
Auntie Assema and her daughters, Hanan (16) and Eliza (12), reminisce about five people who will always have a very special place in our hearts:
‘Yaqub was an energetic, lively, funny, smart and cute 6-year-old boy. He turned 6 on the 18th of May. He was so happy and surprised when we called him to say happy birthday, he was wondering how on earth almost everybody in the world knew that it was his birthday. He was so full of life and energy that it was impossible to spend a minute without laughing if he was around.’ – Assema
‘I remember how exciting it was for everyone when you came into the world. Your older siblings Firdaws and Yahya would both have a little brother – my sister and me too. It makes me smile when I think about how much energy you had. Even before you could walk, you would crawl around on the floor so fast that we could barely keep up. And as you grew older, the crawling turned into walking, running and constant jumping and dancing.
‘I remember how eager you were to play in the snow when you visited us in Norway last winter. The freezing cold weather didn’t stop you. I miss those days of playing in the snow, dancing to your favorite music and laughing at your jokes. ‘Watch me whip watch me nae nae’ was his favorite song that he loved to dance to.’ – Hanan
‘Firdaws was an intelligent, wise and eloquent 12-year-old girl with an amazing voice. She was so smart and mature for her age. Everybody had a lot to say about her future. She loved reading so much that her father used to say “I will go bankrupt if I keep on buying books for her at the same pace as she finishes reading them.” She was good in so many things; drawing, singing and writing. She used language beautifully. My daughters used to ask her to repeat words that they loved to hear her say: “tracksuit bottoms” was their favourite.’ – Assema
‘It still blows my mind how talented you were. I remember the first time I heard you sing. It still amazes me how beautiful and strong your voice was. You were so confident and articulate, it sounded as if you were reading from a book. I am so lucky to call you my cousin, my sister and my friend.’ – Hanan
“Yahya was a very kind, polite, loving, generous, thankful and pure-hearted 13-year-old boy. He loved laughing so much that he would do anything to make everybody laugh. He used to say ‘ahh, delicious’ to whatever food he was served (except egg) even without first tasting it. He always wanted to make sure that everyone around him was OK. I haven’t seen anything like the type of love that he had for his parents. He already had a plan for his life. His dream of what he wanted to be when he grew up was different from what other children dream of. He wanted to be an Ustaz: a religious teacher.
‘Sorry’ had to be the word he used most in his unfairly short lifetime. He used to apologise for everything; for his little mistakes and even for other people’s faults. He liked to see with his own eyes and hear that his apology was accepted. So he used to repeat the apology so many times: ‘sorry, sorry, sorry ….’. ‘I am so sorry that you had to leave this way. I am so sorry that you had to go through so much. I am so sorry that you were let down. I am so sorry that I was not there to alleviate your pain. Sorry!’ – Assema
‘Nura could befriend absolutely anyone – no matter who they were or what they believed in. This was made evident by the number of different people who were desperately trying to find her and her family during the early days of the fire. We received so many compassionate hugs on her behalf. And people still come to me in meetings and tell me what a wonderful mother she was.
‘I remember how you were telling me that you all missed us and wanted to see us during the summer time. I am so deeply sorry that I didn’t manage to come up with a specific plan as to where and when we could all meet up. What I wouldn’t give for doing that now?
‘I am so terribly sorry that you had to see the pain and suffering of your kids and your husband. I am so sorry that we couldn’t share your suffering, your helplessness, your confusion, your pain and your fear.’ – Assema
‘You did a great job taking care of your family. You cared about us, you cared about everyone around you; and you had no problem in showing your love. You used to tell us to do the right thing for our own sake. I love you so much auntie, I love you.’ – Eliza
‘Hashim was our dearest, smartest, soft-hearted and generous brother and uncle; and my best friend. He was one year ahead of me in school and everybody used to know him since he was very smart and sociable. I used to be known not as me, but as ‘Hashim’s sister’, a sister of the smartest boy in our school. He had an almost ‘irritating’ loud voice and he used to love to laugh; he had the widest smile a person could have. He was generous; he loved to share whatever he had with others without thinking a lot about tomorrow. He was a favourite uncle to my daughters….’ – Assema
‘I can’t even begin to list all the things that made you the best uncle, brother, father or friend one could possibly ask for. You were intelligent, smart, hardworking, hilarious, and caring. You were always there for everyone and anyone who needed help. You were different than all the other adult figures in my life. You let me share my thoughts with you and you made me feel like my opinions mattered. (And as the opinionated person I am, I’ve always appreciated that.) One moment we would have long and serious discussions, and the next one would be filled with nothing but jokes and laughter. I made fun of you and you made fun of me, that was the essence of our relationship.
‘Yahya, Firdaws and Yaqub were the most incredible children, and they’re proof of what an amazing father you were. Thank you so much for being there for my mum, my sister, our entire family and me. You made us all better people. I’ve learnt so much from you, and I’ll carry that with me forever. I will continue to be inspired by your hard work, your kindness and the way that you lived your life.’ – Hanan