Husna's Story - Farid Ahmed
"What an incredible, selfless person Husna was, what she went through in her short life, how much she gave to and cared for others was above and beyond what so many others would do. In giving us this book about his beloved wife, Farid gives us the strongest message about love and forgiveness. He selflessly helped (and continues to do so) so many people from the moment he learned of his wife's death.
I really recommend this book - there are lessons for us all to be learned by reading it." Emma
And from Nick H - Fabulous, loyal customer from Rangiora 14 April 2020:
"Quite simply it is a story about Love. For Husna, for Community, for Faith and Humanity. Every word beautifully crafts who Husna was, the people she loved and cared for, and her work with others with such gentleness, care, light and love that her spirit lives on each page. The story of her life took me on a journey of reflection and understanding of the differences and similarities of others. And the profound impact of forgiveness. A story that will stay in your heart long after the last page."
Husna Ahmed was a victim of the Christchurch mosque terrorist attack on 15 March 2019. She was shot while looking for her husband, who was in a wheelchair.
Farid describes the selflessness and bravery with which Husna lived her life. As well as looking after her daughter and paraplegic husband, Husna was an important member of the community, helping women and running classes for children.
Her last selfless act was going back into the mosque to look for her husband on that fateful day, after she had already led other women and children to safety.
Husna's husband, quite remarkably, forgives the alleged killer. Farid's philosophy of forgiveness, peace and love is an example of how faith and humanity can be tools for navigating even the most horrific of tragedies.
Farid Ahmed has lived in New Zealand for 30 years. Twenty-one years ago he became a paraplegic when a drunk driver ran him over on the street. Miraculously Farid survived, but is now confined to a wheelchair. Despite that Farid is a Senior Leader at the Deans Ave Mosque in Christchurch and he works as a homeopath. Since the attacks he also speaks around the world, preaching his message of forgiveness and love.