Woman whose brother and parents were killed in New Zealand mosque massacre says she will FORGIVE the attacker – if he converts to Islam
- Ghulam Hussain, wife Karam Bibi, and son Zeeshan Raza were killed in attacks
- They were among 50 killed when terrorist went on gun rampage in Christchurch
- Zeeshan Raza’s sister has said she can forgive the man who carried out attack
- Pakistani Maryam Gul said she wanted attacker to repent and to convert to Islam
A woman whose brother and parents were killed in the New Zealand mosque massacre has said she will forgive the attacker if he repents and converts to Islam.
Ghulam Hussain, his wife, Karam Bibi, and their son Zeeshan Raza, all of Pakistan, were killed when a terrorist gunman went on the rampage in Christchurch last week.
The only one now left alive in their family is Zeeshan’s sister, who lives in Karachi.
In an interview, Maryam Gul said that after initial anger, she has decided she can forgive the man who carried out the horrifying attack, that left 50 dead and dozens more injured last Friday.
A woman whose brother and parents were killed in the New Zealand mosque massacre has said she will forgive the attacker – and wants him to convert to Islam
Zeeshan Raza (pictured) and his parents were gunned down in the massacre last week. He had a degree in mechanical engineering and moved to Auckland In 2014 as a permanent New Zealand resident
Ghulam Hussain (left) and his wife, Karam Bibi (right) were visiting their son from Pakistan
Australian Brenton Tarrant, 28, a suspected white supremacist who was living in New Zealand, has been charged with murder over the attacks.
Gul told the BBC: ‘First of all I wanted him to be punished very severely, but then I realised that’s not the sunnah (example) of my prophet.
‘He used to forgive the person who killed his relatives. I want him (the killer) to become Muslim and repent, and see that it’s wrong and realise how beautiful Islam is.’
Her parents were visiting Zeeshan for the first time from Pakistan when they were slaughtered along with their son. He had previously described New Zealand as ‘paradise’.
Ghulam Hussain, his wife, Karam Bibi, and their son Zeeshan Raza, all of Pakistan, were killed when a gunman went on the rampage in Christchurch last week. Pictured: Mourners leave flowers near the scene of one of the attacks
Brenton Tarrant (pictured) has been charged with one initial count of murder over the mass shootings that killed 50 people in the southern city of Christchurch and faces life in prison
Mr Raza, who had a degree in mechanical engineering, moved to Auckland In 2014 as a permanent New Zealand resident.
He had only moved to Christchurch a few days before the attack and was renting a home close to the Al Noor mosque – one of two mosques attacked on the day.
His retired father, Ghulam Husain, once worked for Pakistan Airlines.