Hate crime victim Rais Bhuiyan is suing Texan Governor Rick Perry to halt the execution tomorrow of the man who almost took his life, just because he was Muslim in America after 9/11.
Bhuiyan forgave Mark Stroman, the assailant, in the name of Islam.
The way my parents raised me and what my Islamic faith teaches me is that he is the best who can forgive easily, Rais Bhuiyan told DemocracyNow.org.
No one is allowed to take another human life.
Mark Stroman was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood.
He shot Bhuiyan at point-blank range in the face at a convenience store in 2001, partially blinding him. Stroman, who asked Bhuiyan Where are you from before he shot him, said his attack was fueled by the death of his half-sister in in the fallen World Trade Center on September 11th.
In a convenience store in Texas, shortly after the attack on the Twin Towers, Mark Stroman shot Bhuiyan at point-blank range in the face, partially blinding him.
Stroman also shot and killed two other men he at the time believed were Arab: Vasudev Patel, an Indian Hindu, and Waqar Hasan, a Pakistani-born Muslim.
Stroman has apparently changed his views toward Muslims since Rais Bhuiyan's remarkable act of compassion.
“Not only do I have all my friends and supporters trying to save my life, but now I have the Islamic community joining in… spearheaded by one very remarkable man named Rais Bhuiyan, who is a survivor of my hate,” Mark Stroman, Bhuiyan’s assailant, wrote in a statement from prison.
“His deep Islamic beliefs have gave him the strength to forgive the unforgiveable,” he added.