Saturday, September 26, 2020
No menu items!

New Zealand mosque survivor who lost wife in attack forgives shooter

Farid Ahmed, who was at the mosque on the day with his wife in the early afternoon for Friday prayers, recalled having to break the news of his wife’s death to his teenage daughter.

“She said are you telling me I don’t have a mother, I said yes. But I’m your mother now, I’m your father now,” Ahmed remembers telling his daughter.

“I want to hug him and say I have forgiven him,” said Ahmed about the lone gunman who killed 50 people and injured dozens, he added he wants to extend his forgiveness to the killer’s direct family members and treat them as if they were his own.

Ahmed, who is confined to a wheelchair witnessed members fall victim to gunfire, while others were trying desperately to escape. He eventually made it to safety with the help of bystanders, while his wife, Husna Ahmed, went back to help women and children who were with her in a separate section for female worshippers. Husna Ahmed did not survive the attack.

Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist, was charged with murder on Saturday (March 16). He was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on April 5 where police said he is likely to face more charges.

(Production: Fabian Hamacher, Parniyan Zemaryalai)

Latest News

Military plane crashes in Ukraine, killing 22

A military transport plane carrying air force cadets crashed and burst into flames near a highway in...

Protester hit by vehicle during LA march

A pick up truck drove through a group of protesters in Los Angeles on Thursday evening (September 24), injuring one person.

Amazon pushes security products with indoor drone and car alarm on Thursday (September 25) announced a drone for recording security video inside homes and car products for alerting vehicle owners about...

Mayor Turner Honoring Five Houstonians During Hispanic Heritage Month

HOUSTON, TX - In recognition of this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month, Mayor Sylvester Turner and the Mayor’s Hispanic Advisory Board are honoring five...

Stores Offering FREE Home Delivery

HOUSTON, TX - With everyone on edge with the coronavirus pandemic still at an high, now is the perfect time to...

More Articles Like This