Hassan Askari-A hero of New York saves Jews

December 17, 2007


 Flash News : Click the headings to read in details  

Askari honored by The Anti-Defamation League.  

Mayor Bloomberg of NY meets Askari

Background Story

We are not talking about Superman, Spiderman or Batman this time. Hasan Askari acted as the hero of New York this Friday. 

Hasan Askari (20) is the Grandson of the 4th Nawab of Dhaka -Nawab Khwaja Hasan Akari- is an accounting student at Berkeley College in Manhattan. While riding Q train headed to Brooklyn late Friday he saved three Jewish passengers from a band of 14 anti Semite thugs.

 It all began when Adler, his girlfriend, Maria Parsheva, and two other pals boarded the subway at Canal Street bound for Brooklyn and someone in another group wished them “Merry Christmas.” Adler and his pal Angelica Krischanovich responded: “Happy Hanukkah.” Apparently, those were fighting words. The group of about 14 men and women then allegedly began taunting Adler and his pals as “dirty Jews” and “Jew bitches.”

Amid a huge scrum, Askari who is 5’7”and weights 140 lbs jumped in. Fearful for Maria’s safety, he pushed one of the attacker men away – and was then pounced on by the group.  

 “I’m bleeding all over the place, there’s lots of people, they’re fighting with Hassan still, and I’m like, why isn’t anyone else doing anything?” Adler said. He pulled the emergency brake right before entering the DeKalb Avenue station.  

Askari said “They grabbed me and punched and beat me up, they punched me first. I didn’t get a chance to punch him back. I did what I thought was right, I did the best that I could to help. My parents raised me that way.” 

 Askari was first handcuffed along with the 10 suspects, but he was released when Adler told police he was not an attacker. 

Later Hassan Askari and Walter Adler were also honored by Foundation for Ethnic Understanding Wednesday for their role in preventing anti-Semitic attack on subway.  “We salute these young men for their courage in not allowing their faith come between them in a time of need. They are leading by example,” said Foundation President Rabbi Marc Schneier.  Please click here to read about this event 

Click the links below for other clippings of this event from major news organizations in America: 

News CNN Video CNN Video NYPost.com VideoABC Channel7 

http://www.nypost.com/seven/12122007 http://makkah.wordpress.com/ 

http://www.alarabiya.net/  Daily News Dec 12 2007 

Edited By Anas Khwaja, NY

22 Responses to “Hassan Askari-A hero of New York saves Jews”

  1. Arshad Says:

    Indeed a couragious attempt you have taken. I hope we muslims especially Nawabbarians should learn something called “tolerance” and “harmony”! We are proud of you! You have really shown our Prophet (SM) way!

  2. Khwaja Md Yusuf Jamal Says:

    we are really proud of bravery. you have really proved that we are the Royal Blood Bearers. We have set an example of a true muslim……………and every Nawab bari people should proud of you.

    Khwaja Md Yousuf Jamal
    S/o Khwaja Md Hanif

  3. Reaz Salim Says:

    First our heartiest Congratulation to Hassan who has proven that he stood up against all odd and went to save them.He is a true Son of Nawab family and a Brave Muslim. We salute him.It is so sad that hardly any members of Dhaka Nawab family came and wrote about him nor congratulated him in this forum. Why? what is wrong with us.This is a great achievement.People from all over the world are writing about his bravery. We write about wedding,education,party But here nothing. Our congratulation to nawabzada Habib Askari, the proud father( Kaka) and Nevin(mother). Hasan we are very proud of your achievement.Well done

  4. Belal Says:

    Bravo Hassan !

    You make us all proud !!!

    – Belal

  5. Shofique Says:

    Your bravery has given US muslim community a much needed uplift. Excellent way of expressing the beauty of Islam.

  6. Anas Khwaja Says:

    This is Hassan’s Eid gift to the entire family. In the backdrop of Annapolis summit, it could not be any timelier when the western media does not let go any single opportunity to criticize Islam. Hassan thanks for living up to the family expectations. I can’t resist the temptation of going informal, in one word “Bagher Bachcha” .
    Congratulation Kaka Bhai, Congratulations Hassan. See you on Eid night.

    Anas Khwaja NY

  7. Arshad H Syed Says:

    Kudos to Hasan!

    You indeed made the whole Muslim World proud. Way to go!

  8. Dmitry Says:

    I’d like to express my deep gratitude and admiration to Hassan and his family! I happen to be a Russian jew that came to NY 30 years ago. There are no words that can express my feelings towards that noble man! May I, with all due respect, disagree with some of previous comments? People like Hassan don’t make the Muslim world proud, they should make the World proud!
    Quickest recovery to You, Hassan!!! Best of Luck and Happiness!

  9. Fatima Says:

    Dont you just make us proud in this deed. My mom’s been talking about this since its been posted here and I congrat you for all you have done for the strangers and how the mayor will be rewarding you.

    Could I have your autograph? LOL


  10. Chowdhury Ahsan Says:

    Hassan Askari

    As a Bangladeshi I feel very proud of your action. Nawab family’s
    contribution in the political & social arena of Bangladesh is an undisputed fact and your action is another glorious addition to that.

    You’re a true HERO.

    MN, USA

  11. naveen rahman Says:

    Dear Mr Dmitry,Thank you very much for the kind words for Hassan. You have spoken my mind. Hassan’s action was an act of bravery and kindness for his fellow men and the world should be proud of him. Truly he’s a very special person and has displayed his basic character.

  12. ajmal rahman Says:


    You restore my faith in muslims !!

    Oxford Mills,On CANADA

  13. It was a proud moment for all the nawab family members and all the bangladeshis living in north america.May allah protect and guide hassan.Great example of good upbringing by Habib(Kaka) and naveen.
    Best wishes

  14. Khwaja Arshad Says:

    Regarding lack of response from Nawabbarians, I believe they are not aware of the magnitude of this news. This was reported by major news organizations worldwide: from Washington News to BBC to Indian news!
    I have tried to put as many links as possible for them to see worldwide coverage it received. I really loved the BBC report the most! By the way they have provided http://www.nawabbari.com link on the right hand side!
    Also, it will be easier for Hasan to click and print all the news ( It is not all…i really didn’t have time to copy all of them!)
    Congrats Again!

    1. http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2007/12/13/42890.html
    2. http://themoderatevoice.com/society/guns/16476/walter-adler-assaulted-for-being-a-dirty-jew-and-the-traveler-from-samara-still-lives/
    3. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2007/12/12/2007-12-12_muslim_hero_breaks_up_train_beating-1.html
    4. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2007/12/13/2007-12-13_q_train_hero_has_brown_belt_in_karate.html
    5. http://gothamist.com/2007/12/12/q_train_beating.php
    6. http://www.nypost.com/seven/12122007/news/regionalnews/jews_subway_hero_a_muslim_381263.htm
    7. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/12/14/AR2007121401721.html
    8. http://www.shortnews.com/start.cfm?id=67146
    9. http://www.thejewishweek.com/viewArticle/c36_a1400/News/New_York.html
    10. http://www.nydailynews.com/opinions/2007/12/16/2007-12-16_voice_of_the_people.html
    11. http://www.upi.com/NewsTrack/Top_News/2007/12/12/jewish_man_saved_from_attack_by_muslim/8583/
    12. http://www.jta.org/cgi-bin/iowa/breaking/105850.html
    13. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/ny_crime/2007/12/13/2007-12-13_put_subway_thugs_on_noride_list.html
    14. http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h1on0T1xSA1x306gJ-2gxuGhPWYQD8TFS5Q00
    15. http://www.indianmuslims.info/news/2007/dec/15/when_humanity_transcended_divide_religions.html
    16. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/12/16/wsubway116.xml
    17. http://www.observer.com/2007/events-wednesday-december-19-2007
    18. http://newpaper.asia1.com.sg/news/story/0,4136,150646,00.html
    19. http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nl/content2.asp?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=849241&ct=4821277
    20. http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/7149916.stm
    21. http://gothamist.com/2007/12/19/q_train_hate_cr.php
    22. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3482483,00.html
    23. http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/bravery-blind-to-religion/2007/12/16/1197740087657.html

  15. Shazia Khan Says:

    You have made us all proud, Hasan. This is Shazia Khan, a proud member of the nawab family. I am Reaz Salims’ niece and Reaz mamma has been talking about Hasan’s bravery and proudly telling everyone about it.

    Kaka and Naveen, you must be very proud.


  16. K.Alam Says:

    There is a very big misconception by all, that Muslims sld hate Jews , hindos &… (as a human being). This shows the little knowledge that many have all over the world. The thing we r asked by Allah & his prophet is to Hate the “Kuffur” in them that is why we hate them for their kuffur but as a human being, we sld treat them like any other human.And they desrve all other human rights As long as they r with us in peace.& if there are 2 groups 1 Muslim & other Kaffir (fighting 4 religion) then we sld not take sides of the kuffar.
    We as Muslims must give them the message of Islam & make duwa of hedayah 4 them. Surat al Mujadala,verse22,juzu 28.Surat at Tawbah verse 3-6, juzu 1o.
    ZazakAllah khair bro Hassan. may Allah protect u. A true Nawabbarian.

  17. Anas Nasarullah Says:

    Your courage brings us all the honor… we feel proud… keep up the good work!

  18. Aniqah Quraeshi Says:

    Bravo Hasan

    Your bravery has been given due attention by all and I commend you for your selfless act in defending the defenseless. May the Almighty reward you for your good deed. Ameen

  19. Osman, Canada Says:

    Hey Hero, amazing and brave job man, we all proud of you. Eid Mubarak and Happy New year to you.

  20. We are proud as a Bangladeshi for you.

  21. Syed Obaid Raza, Toronto Says:

    First of all my Congratulation to you, for fighting side by side with them. All the Dhaka Nawab Family member are proud of you. Pls keep up good work. May Allah Bless be with you all the times. Happy New year. I am your father’s cousin.

  22. saman ibrahim-Newyork Says:

    Welldone Hasan! We are all proud of you. You dont know me but i am your father’s first cousin.

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