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Husna's Story: My wife, the Christchurch Massacre & My Journey to Forgiveness
Written by:
Farid Ahmed 
Read by:
Hazem Shammas 
Unabridged CD Audio Book 
Number of CDs:
10 hours 24 minutes 
December 01 2020 
Available Date:
December 01 2020 
Age Category:
Non-fiction; Autobiography; Memoirs 
Bolinda audio 
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AUD$ 34.95
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Narrator Hazem Shammas perfectly delivers the blended accent of author Farid Ahmed, who is originally from Bangladesh and has lived in New Zealand for more than 30 years. Ahmed's wife, Husna, was a victim of the mass murder at a Christchurch mosque in 2019. Shammas's voice is deep and his pacing deliberate. As he describes their marriage in this audiobook, scenes include their first day together, her commitment to caring for him after he is paralyzed by a drunk driver, and their drive to the mosque on their last day together. He is proud of and grateful for his wife's generosity and kindness. But Ahmed wants more than to tell Husna's story; he counsels listeners on the need for forgiveness and choosing love over hate in the face of tragedy. Shammas exudes Farid's sincerity and seriousness of purpose. It's clear he's the ideal match for this loving memoir.
AudioFile Magazine

Husna Ahmed was a victim of the Christchurch mosque terrorist attack on 15 March 2019 – She was shot while looking for her husband, who was in a wheelchair. This heart-wrenching memoir details her husband's journey, and stands as a shining example of the indomitable human spirit.

The couple had been praying when a gunman burst into the mosque. He shot and killed 51 people that day and injured many others. In this audiobook Husna’s husband, Farid Ahmed, tells Husna’s story, including the day of the attack. Farid describes the selflessness and bravery with which Husna lived her life. As well as looking after her daughter and paraplegic husband, Husna was an important member of the community, helping women and running classes for children. Her last selfless act was going back into the mosque to look for her husband on that fateful day, after she had already led other women and children to safety. Husna’s husband, quite remarkably, forgives the alleged killer. Farid’s philosophy of forgiveness, peace and love is an example of how faith and humanity can be tools for navigating even the most horrific of tragedies.