The heart-felt sentiments expressed in the glowing tribute to Xulhaz Mannan by American ambassador Marcia Bernicat, no doubt articulates the feelings of all who knew this fine young gentleman… and a gentleman he most definitely was.
While I cannot claim to have known him well, I’ve known him well enough to proclaim him a gentleman, a man of great compassion, a man who had great love for humanity and an ambassador for Bangladesh.
There’s no doubt Xulhaz was gifted and special. Inside the hallowed walls of the American Embassy, he was a Godsend to the charity projects I support and giving them assistance, both tangible and intangible, without even a sigh of hesitation.
Without being asked, he once edited/re-wrote a proposal I had submitted to the embassy to ensure a greater chance of acceptance. There wasn’t even a hint of expecting something in return for his valuable contribution. I think he was put on this earth to help those in need and this he did willingly without seeking anything in return.
It’s tragic that his life ended so young and in the brutal way it did on April 25, 2016. They say, however, that Allah works in many mysterious ways and while Xulhaz is no longer physically among us, perhaps his legacy of truth, honesty, compassion, love of mankind and efforts to structure a society beneficial to all, will inspire us to fight for what is right whatever the odds or consequences.
Irish statesman Edmund Burke (1729-1797) once said: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.
Xulhaz Mannan will be missed, but never forgotten.
Sir Frank Peters