‘I Don’t Hate Him’: Man Who Lost Wife In NZ Attack Forgives Shooter
Farid Ahmed lost his wife in Friday’s deadly attack in two mosques in New Zealand but he refused to hate on the attacker Brenton Tarrant saying that he ‘loved him as a person’.
Speaking to BBC, Farid said that he believes the attacker was hurt or angered at something but he could have translated his hurt into a positive response. “He, instead, turned to violence and that is where he was wrong,” Farid said.
'I don't hate him. I love him'
Farid Ahmed lost his wife in the #NewZealandAttack but refuses to hate the attacker. He says maybe the shooter was hurt or angered at something but he was wrong for translating hurt into violence.pic.twitter.com/0bWPR5zapS
— NayaDaur (@nayadaurpk) March 18, 2019
Farid said that he had nothing against the attacker and forgives him, hoping that one day the shooter will realize his mistake and that one day God will guide him and he will be a savior. “If someone does bad to you, do good in return.”
He continued that people who commit terrorist attacks or are involved in such activities want to spread hatred and turn people against each other.
“But that is not going to happen. They have attacked Muslims in hope that Muslims will retaliate, but we Muslim leaders assure you that it’s not going to happen,” he said.
Farid’s Wife Saved Several Women And Children Before She Was Shot
While Farid’s courage and words are inspiring, his wife has set the bar ever so high. Instead of fleeing the mosque when she could easily have had, she decided to save others.
One by one she escorted women and children out of the mosque before she was shot dead by the shooter. She has also been caring for her husband, who was handicapped after being hit by a drunk driver 6-years-ago.
‘Incredibly Inspiring Words’
"I don't have any grudge against him. I have forgiven him and I'm praying for him." – Farid Ahmed (lost his wife in the Christchurch mosque attack)
Wow. Please take some time to watch and listen to this interview. These are incredibly inspiring words.https://t.co/5H4JS3dBor
— Daniel Holcomb (@danjholcomb) March 18, 2019
‘If You Want To Know What Forgiveness And Peace Looks Like, This Is It’
If you want to know what forgiveness and true peace looks like , this is it.
Farid Ahmed lost his wife Hosne in the #ChristchurchTerrorAttack…
“I don’t hate the killer
I pray for him
I forgive him”#ChristchurchMosqueAttack #NewZealandMosqueAttack
— shaimaa khalil BBC (@Shaimaakhalil) March 18, 2019
On Friday, Tarrant attacked two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand killing over 50 people and injuring several others. He was later arrested by the police.