His 21 year old son was knocked down and killed in Birmingham along with two other young men Shazad Ali, 30 and Abdul Musavir, 31.
Hours after losing his son he made a statement.
"Today we stand here to plead with all the youth to remain calm, for our communities to stand united. This is not a race issue. The family has received messages of sympathy and support from all parts of society … I lost my son. Blacks, Asians, whites – we all live in the same community. Why do we have to kill one another? Why are we doing this? Step forward if you want to lose your sons. Otherwise, calm down and go home – please."
In his state of grief his words probably meant more to the people listening than he could ever of imagined.
We all bleed red.
Yes, we may pray to different gods, or perhaps we don't follow a religion and we may look different on the outside, or we may talk differently but basically deep down we are very much the same and for all the sorrow and anger that these riots have brought down on our country we can sympathise and feel sadness for another. We can help each other in times of terror. We can respect each other.We can unite and become stronger than we have ever been before.
As Tariq Jahan said "Step forward if you want to lose your sons. Otherwise, calm down and go home – please."