One Maverick’s Lone Battle To Save His Assailant’s Life
The Quran taught Osama Bin Laden to kill innocent people for the sake of his religion, it inspired Rais Bhuiyan to save the life of the very person who tried to kill him. Bhuiyan‘s take from the same book that the mass murderer wielded to terrorize millions: In Islam, forgiveness is the best policy, this is the real Islam, the true message.
Which one then is the real message of Quran?
Rais Bhuiyan is a Muslim from Bangladesh but he does not fit the post 9/11 stereotype profile of a militant Muslim, far from it, he actually practices the teachings of Jesus Christ—forgive your enemy seventy times seven. He is fighting to save his attacker’s life, who shot him only for his religion.
In 2001, Bhuiyan, a new immigrant to the country was only 26. Being alone in a foreign country, without any relative or friends, life was tough for him; therefore, survival was his primary focus. Naturally, when he landed a job at a Dallas gas station and store, he considered himself lucky, not realizing that the same job would later lead him to nearly lose his life.
It was a typical day for Bhuiyan when a man walked in his store, shortly after the fateful September day; he was nonetheless surprised when the stranger asked where he was from. As he answered, the assailant shot him in the face point blank from a distance of 4-5’—his world changed that very moment.
Lying in a hospital, bleeding profusely, Bhuiyan did not know if he was going to live, but in those dark days he made a covenant with his God—If I survive, I would give my life to mankind. God kept him alive. In his pain and suffering, he studied Quran, trying to comprehend its teaching, and that made him grow spiritually.
Bhuiyan’s recovery took many years. He had to undergo repeated surgeries to save one eye and get his face reconstructed. He nevertheless lost vision on that eye, and some pellets from the shotgun remained lodged under his skin.
By the year 2007, Rais had recovered enough to make a trip back home—and then the news came in that his fiancé got married to another person, after waiting for his return for all those years. Reminiscing the past, Bhuiyan said, “I had plenty of time to grow spiritually,” and reflected, “seeing lot of killings and hate crimes all over the world helped me realize that hate does not bring lasting solution to any situation.”Continued on the next page