A disabled man who was caught up in the New Zealand terror attack has forgiven the terrorist despite his wife being killed.
Wheelchair-using worshipper Farhid Ahmed, 59, survived the slaughter at the Al Noor mosque. In total 50 people were killed last Friday when a white terrorist opened fire at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Mr Ahmed has now said he would like to meet the gunman and tell him ‘I still love you.’
He told the New Zealand Herald: “I was asked how do you feel about the person who killed your wife?” and I said “I love that person because he is a human, a brother of mine”’.
His wife Husna Ahmed, 44, died a hero after being shot in the back when she returned to help her husband when she had already helped to get others out.
Mr Ahmed, who had already managed to escape before his wife went back inside, added: ‘Maybe he was hurt, maybe something happened to him in his life … but the bottom line is, he is a brother of mine.’
‘I have forgiven him and I am sure if my wife was alive she would have done the same thing.’
The terror attack left 50 people dead, with 30 still in the Christchurch hospital. Nine of them are in a critical condition, including a four-year-old who was transferred to a hospital in Auckland.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has praised the bravery and courage shown by mosque worshippers during the terror attack and in the aftermath.
She has said she is in favour of a ban on semi-automatic weapons after the attacker used a semi-automatic AR-15.
The government has agreed to change gun laws. Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a white terrorist who was living in Dunedin, on New Zealand’s South Island, was charged with murder on Saturday 16 March.
The terrorist was remanded without a plea and is due back in court on 5 April, where police said he was likely to face more charges.