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Farid Ahmed and the art of forgiveness

Layla Bailey-McDowell
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Farid Ahmed showing 'what unites us?' card at the Hoon Hay Fiesta  Layla Bailey-McDowell

Over 20 years ago Farid was hit and made paraplegic by a drunk driver. On March 15th, 2019 his beautiful wife Husna was killed, but Farid did not choose hatred or anger, he chose forgiveness.

Following the tragic death of 51 Muslim at the Al Noor Mosque on March 15th 2019, Farid Ahmed is on a mission.

His mission? To spread the message of peace, love and unity.

After surviving the tragic attacks that took place that day in Ōtautahi, and losing his beautiful wife Husna, Farid was inspired by the aroha and compassion shown by the people of Aotearoa. He took it upon himself to use this inspiration to promote this message of unity and can now be seen sharing his kōrero on a global stage. From meeting with world leaders to being honoured with an international peace award, he continues to enhance this mahi in Ōtautahi.

Last week the annual Hoon Hay Fiesta took place, and Farid could be seen at his stall called 'Unity in Diversity'. With the stall offering free henna and chocolates, they gave people a question, what unites us? Is it love, friendship or kindness?