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Rais Bhuiyan

Following the September 11 terror attacks, Rais Bhuiyan, a Bangladeshi-American and Muslim living in Dallas, was shot in the face by Mark Anthony Stroman. Stroman — who believed he was shooting “Arabs” in retaliation for the 9/11 attack — killed two others. Bhuiyan gained media attention after revealing that he would appeal to the court to save Stroman from the death penalty.

His story is the subject of a book — “The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas” by Anand Giridharadas and of an upcoming film by Academy Award winning director Kathryn Bigelow. It also inspired All Saints rector Ed Bacon to include Bhuiyan’s story in the “Forgiveness” chapter of his “8 Habits of Love” — and he was featured in a PBS profile entitled “World Without Hate.”

On Sunday, June 7, at 10:15 a.m. we are honored to welcome Rais Bhuiyan to the All Saints Church Rector’s Forum where he will speak about his road to forgiveness and what it has meant to his life.

He told MSNBC, “I’m trying to do my best not to allow the loss of another human life. I’ll knock on every door possible. Islam it says that saving one human life is the same as saving all of mankind. Since I forgave him, all those principles encouraged me to go even further, and stop his execution and save another human life.” Working with Amnesty International, he started a movement to save Stroman named World Without Hate.

Rais Bhuiyan’s efforts to save Mark Stroman’s life were ultimately unsuccessful but his witness to the power of his faith calling him to forgiveness continues to inspire. Join us on Sunday, June 7th at 10:15 a.m. in person at All Saints Church (in the Forum) or via our live-streaming video.

The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas and 8 Habits of Love by Ed Bacon will both be available for purchase on Sunday.

For more information call 626.796.1172.
All Saints Church is at 132 North Euclid Avenue, Pasadena 91101, directly across Euclid from City Hall.