Blessed Are the Merciful

Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim shot by a white supremacist in the wake of 9/11, describes how his faith led him to forgive his attacker, and fight to block his execution.
October 24th, 2011 06:55 am

What a wonderful reflection of how God, who created us all, touches the hearts of men/women to "Do justice, love kindness, walk humbly with God." Micah 6:8 We may practice the faith with different traditions and rituals, but do we not ALL have God's breath of life within us...and He sits in the hearts of those who seek to do His will with love and kindness. Rais, I was in Houston on 9/11 and was so appalled at the attacks on students at the University, and the burning of the Goodyear Tire Store not far from where I lived...I remember going into the convenience store operated by a young Muslim owner and reminded him that I knew it was a fearful time for him, and the courage he had to face people everyday...I wanted him to know that not all of us were afraid of him...and knew him for the good citizen he was and faithful Muslim who knew God the same way I do.. Your life is touching many people, Rais, with the love of the God we both love as Christian and Muslim.

October 22nd, 2011 20:35 pm

Rais' attacker, Mark Stroman, wrote on his blog: "There is a man out there that has every right to hate me for what I did after the 9/11/01 events that rocked our world. This man, Rais, has come to the forefront in an effort to show the world how forgiveness and compassion overrule the human nature of hate. I’m envious of his actions and his kindness speaks volumes. He is an example that the human race should follow. Rais, I’m deeply touched by all you have said and that’s from my heart and soul."

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