University of Sheffield student dies abroad

A University of Sheffield student drowned whilst swimming in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia on February 15th, 2016.

The detailed cause of death is unknown.

Tashfeen Mirza, 20, studied Business Management and Economics at the University of Sheffield.

His close friends Hamza and Hamid set up a facebook page dedicated to Tashfeen called “In loving memory of Tashfeen Mirza.”

On the page, his friends have posted: “Tash was one of the smartest people we knew. Smart, happy, funny, reliable, understanding.”

“Tashfeen brought smiles to the faces of many. He spread kindness wherever and however he could.”

In honour of Tashfeen’s great kindness, his friends and family decided to launch two charity initiatives in Tashfeen’s name to keep his legacy alive.

One charity is dedicated to organizing two wells to give water to the deprived people in Bangladesh and Pakistan.

The money will also be spent to place new carpets in mosques and to buy and replenish Quraans.

As part of the University of Sheffield Islamic Circle’s Believe And Do Good Campaign, the second charity will work on giving hygiene packs to the homeless. The packs include shampoo, deodorant, soap, shower gel, clippers, comb, nail cutter, toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, tissues, and hand gel.

His family and friends believe that these assets will increase Tashfeen’s good deeds in the hereafter, and keep his legacy alive.

Over £2000 has been raised for both charities out of £5000 target.

Two of Tashfeen’s relatives flew to Australia to transfer his body back to the United Kingdom for the post-mortem examination which has not yet been carried out.

His funeral will take place sometime this week, but the exact time and date are yet to be confirmed.

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