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Dave Lane 02-08-2013 07:54 AM

Muslim 9/11 Hate-Crime Victim Seeks To Save His Attacker
 
Just 10 days after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Rais Bhuiyan was working at a gas station in Dallas when he was shot in the face by a man named Mark Stroman.

Stroman was on a shooting spree, targeting people who appeared to be Muslim or of Middle Eastern descent. Stroman is due to be executed July 20; Bhuiyan, the only survivor of the attacks, is fighting to save his life.

When Stroman entered the gas station, Bhuiyan initially thought it was a routine robbery.

"I opened the cash register, offered him the cash, and requested him not to shoot me," Bhuiyan tells weekends on All Things Considered host Laura Sullivan. "In reply he asked me, 'Where are you from?' And the question seemed strange to ask during a robbery. And I said, 'Excuse me?' And as soon as I spoke, I felt the sensation of a million bees stinging my face, and then heard an explosion."

Bhuiyan required medical attention for years after the attack. The bullet hit him on the right side of the face, leaving severe injuries, particularly to his right eye.

"I had to go through several surgeries and finally the doctor could save the eye, but the vision is gone, and I'm still carrying more than 35 pellets on the right side of my face," he says. "Once I touch my face, my skull, I can feel it's all bumpy. It took several years to go through all these painful surgeries one after another one."

Further complicating matters, Bhuiyan's family was still living in his native Bangladesh. When told what had happened, the family faced another kind of unexpected tragedy.


Bhuiyan in 2011.

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Jim Mahoney/The Dallas Morning News
"My dad suffered a stroke when he heard the news that his son was shot in the face," Bhuiyan says. "My entire family — it was another trauma for them.

"They were out of food, they were out of sleep. They couldn't even do anything for at least three to four days, because they had no news from my side: ... What I was going through? Am I still alive? It was another disaster."

Despite the difficulties, Bhuiyan looked to his faith in order to find forgiveness.

"According to my faith in Islam, there is no hate, no killing. It doesn't allow anything like that," says Bhuiyan. "Yes, Mark Stroman did a horrible thing, and he brought a lot of pain and disaster, sufferings in my life. But in return I never hated him."

Bhuiyan has created a website called World Without Hate to educate others about hate crimes as a means of preventing them. He's also working with Amnesty International and Stroman's defense attorney, who has filed several appeals on Stroman's death sentence.

"I strongly believe executing him is not a solution. We will just simply lose a human life without dealing with the root cause, which is hate crime," Bhuiyan says. "In Islam it says that saving one human life is the same as saving the entire mankind. Since I forgave him, all those principles encouraged me to go even further, and stop his execution and save another human life."

LiveSteam 02-08-2013 07:57 AM

"According to my faith in Islam, there is no hate, no killing. It doesn't allow anything like that," says Bhuiyan.
Awwwwwwwwww. Islam is so sweet.

Dave Lane 02-08-2013 08:14 AM

I guess its not possible to have Muslims that believe that.

LiveSteam 02-08-2013 08:25 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Dave Lane (Post 9386900)
I guess its not possible to have Muslims that believe that.

My dead friends would agree

scott free 02-08-2013 09:51 AM

Everyones -me too at times- always screaming "where are the moderate muslims?"

Well heres one, hats off to him.

PaulAllen 02-08-2013 10:19 AM

If only that guy had a bomb attached to his chest he wouldn't have been messed with.

MagicHef 02-08-2013 10:20 AM

Mark Stroman was executed in July 2011.

Dayze 02-08-2013 10:44 AM

I know lots of Muslims; my best friend is a Muslim. / obligatory.

JohninGpt 02-08-2013 12:23 PM

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Originally Posted by MagicHef (Post 9387135)
Mark Stroman was executed in July 2011.

Well then, this guy better hurry.

Prison Bitch 02-08-2013 12:37 PM

Why is this 2-year old story being posted, exactly?

Taco John 02-08-2013 12:54 PM

A story that paints a practitioner of Islam is a positive light? We will not have it sir! We will not have it!

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"Mo Muslims Mo Problems"

stevieray 02-08-2013 08:49 PM

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Originally Posted by Prison Bitch (Post 9387556)
Why is this 2-year old story being posted, exactly?

....it's the new black....or the ultimate end game of poltical correctness.

go bowe 02-09-2013 09:14 PM

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Originally Posted by stevieray (Post 9388462)
....it's the new black....or the ultimate end game of poltical correctness.

portraying muslims as good people?

that's the ultimate end game?

all this other pc crap was just a warm-up to the ultimate end game?

muslims?

that's it?

Dave Lane 02-09-2013 10:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by go bowe (Post 9390765)
portraying muslims as good people?

that's the ultimate end game?

all this other pc crap was just a warm-up to the ultimate end game?

muslims?

that's it?

Posting them damned positive stories its all an evil plot!

Or the massive loss of brain cells from bong hits and pantaloons.


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