Title: Husna's Story
Authors: Ahmed, Farid
Genre: Non Fiction: New Zealand
Pages: 316
Year: 2020
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Language: English
Description: In the wake of the Christchurch terror attacks on March 15th 2019, there were many families whose lives were irrevocably changed. Included in this number is Farid Ahmed, husband of the indomitable Husna who was a casualty of the attack at the Al Noor mosque. This is his tribute to her: the story of her life, one of dedication and service to the Muslim community, from her upbringing in Bangladesh to life as a wife and mother in New Zealand.

Written with humility and focused on peace and forgiveness, this is a heartfelt testimony to a courageous and selfless woman. [Larger font]

Categories: Non Fiction - New Zealand, Biography, Contemporary, Grief/loss, Morals/Ethics, Religion, Social commentary/perspectives, Tragedy/disaster, 2021 Titles, Larger font


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By: NGON 001 2021-06-23 11:42:42
We all enjoyed 'Husna's Story' and learned a lot about Islam. It was well-written and easy to read. Discussion included how they managed to support themselves after the accident, Husna's motivation for her selfless contribution to her community, and how religion helped the couple bear their suffering. We felt some editing could have eliminated repetition in the closing part of the author's explanations.

By: INVER 017 2021-05-26 13:43:21
The group unanimously would recommend the book to others. Discussion was robust, particularly the discrimination question. The reasons for the positive opinions were varied, ranging from emotional response to being informative.

By: TAUP 006 2021-05-19 11:43:48
Great book to discuss - topics ranging from being judgemental, racism, Muslim immigration, arranged marriages and religion. A story of triumph of love over hate. Beautiful tribute by the author to his wife.

By: ISLA 001 2021-03-29 13:45:27
We found the book topical but lengthy - did appreciate the comments from her community at the rear of the book.

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