Forgiveness after Tragedy?
My only son Tariq, a university student, kind, generous, a good writer, a good photographer, had aspirations to work for National Geographic, engaged to a beautiful lady, worked as a pizza deliveryman on Fridays and Saturdays. He was lured to a bogus address by a youth gang. And in a gang initiation, a 14-year-old shot and killed him. The sudden, senseless death of an innocent, unarmed human being; the overwhelming grief of a family; the total confusion as you try to absorb a new, hideous reality. Needless to say it brought my life to a crashing halt. One of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was to call his mother, who lived in a different city.How do you tell a mother she’s never going to see her son again, or hear him laugh, or give him a hug?
Azim Khamisa, November 2017
The Power of Forgiveness
In exploring the power of forgiveness recently, I came across this TED Talk.
One is a Christian. One is a Muslim. One’s fourteen-year-old grandson murdered the other’s college-aged son.
This talk shows that forgiveness is possible after a tragedy.
Let me know what you think in the comments section.