The Dublin-based neuro surgeon, whose family perished in a fire at their home in Leicester, is planning a lasting monument to his late wife’s dream for an Islamic education and cultural centre in Dublin.
Dr Taufiq has been liaising with Fingal County Council on ambitious plans for a mosque, primary and secondary school and recreation centre.
From the day of the tragedy, Dr Taufiq turned more of his energies to the work of Dawah Community Centre, Warrenstown House, Blanchardstown, a centre for Islamic religious and cultural gatherings.
The Dawah Centre is now renamed the Shuhada Foundation, an Arabic word for martyrs. In its singular, feminine form it is Shaheeda, the inspiration for the name of the Muslim primary school he opened in his daughter’s memory in September 2014 at Warrenstown House.
But he has bigger plans and expects to apply for planning permission soon and have building work underway by early next year. The complex will be built on a phased basis, starting with the mosque, with each building named after his late wife and children.
Dr Taufiq said the purchase of Warrenstown House, a former HSE premises, was paid for from family funds.
He has offers of financial support from Pakistan, Saudi Arabia as well as Leicester for the new development.