07.04.2016 06:57 AM

My hero is a Muslim named Faraz Hossain

Quote, from the New York Times:

Early in the morning, the gunmen released a group of women wearing hijabs and offered a young Bangladeshi man, Faraz Hossain, the opportunity to leave, too, said Hishaam Hossain, Mr. Hossain’s nephew, who had heard an account from the hostages who were freed.

Mr. Hossain, a student at Emory University, was accompanied by two women wearing Western clothes, however, and when the gunmen asked the women where they were from, they said India and the United States. The gunmen refused to release them, and Mr. Hossain refused to leave them behind, his relative said. He would be among those found dead on Saturday morning.

In the coming days – when ISIS et al. commit yet more mass murder (as they did on an extraordinary scale in Dhaka and Baghdad), and as Donald Trump et al. actively recruit for ISIS (as they do every single day, by whipping up hatred against moderate Muslims) – remember that name: Faraz Hossain.  I have been thinking about him all weekend.  He left me in awe.

He was a Muslim, and he was free to go.  But he stayed to die with two women who the killers hated, simply because they wore Western clothing, and because they came from somewhere else.  He stayed with them, knowing he was going to die.

Remember him, not just because he was extraordinarily brave.  Remember him because Faraz Hossain is quite literally the kind of person we need if we are ever going to save the world from itself.

Let his memory be for a blessing, my Jewish friends always say.  I’ll bet Faraz Hossain would be okay with that.



  1. Andrew says:

    Thanks for publicizing this. Mr. Hossain is a hero.

  2. Peter LeTourneux says:

    Why oh why do our leaders allow ISIS to exist? Rest easy Faraz…

  3. e.a.f. says:

    Thank you for making this information available to us. The man is a hero. My condolences to his family.

  4. P. Brenn says:

    God , Mohammed , Buddha love him …

  5. kevin says:

    Yes, he is a hero however it could be postulated that he didn’t believe these gunmen would kill these young women, or him, a Muslim. It’s difficult to understand how these savages reason, especially in relation to how we in the west think. He’s still a brave young man though and it’s impossible to imagine what he went through as his friends were murdered. The short period of time between when they were killed and his death is the true definition of terror.

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