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: WHITIAN 002 2022-05-16 11:18:38
An emotional, moving story of love, forgiveness and faith. A little repetitive and sermon-like at times, but such an interesting insight into faith.

By: WHANG 008 2022-05-05 15:08:56
A powerful insight into the teachings of Islam, and the healing strength of love and forgiveness. Every New Zealander should read this book.

By: NELS 023 2021-11-01 09:41:49
The majority of the group found the book - and particularly the author - inspiring. The message of love and forgiveness was clear. Others found the writing repetitive and sermon like.

By: CHCH 137 2021-10-29 09:39:15
A compelling read, but generally felt to be a bit long, and to Western minds rather "precious" in places. However, we all acknowledge Husna and Farid as a lovely couple, and there were great descriptions of a far more open and accepting religion than that normally portrayed in the West. No one could understand the killer.

By: CHCH 194 2021-09-14 16:40:03
Our group felt it was good that we read this book and its first hand perspective, but it was very repetitive, showing the author's devotion to, and admiration of, his wife. Tolerance and the message of peace were the dominant and positive aspects.

By: CHCH 312 2021-09-10 11:52:50
Not all of our group read this book. It was interesting to read a first hand account of this tragic event. The author obviously loved his wife and his writing was a way to help him process his grief. His response of forgiveness to such a massive tragedy was amazing.

By: PAHIAT 001 2021-09-08 09:58:41
It was an inspirational commentary on our need for love towards our fellow men in the violence of our present world. Feedback from the group was very positive, and all were very moved by how courageous Farid and his fellow mosque members were all through this book. Farid had a generous and simple faith which he and his beloved wife practised daily, living their highest ideals in their adopted country. The book was an inspiration and hopefully will make a difference in our attitude to our fellow men, of whatever culture or religion.

By: CHCH 468 2021-09-06 10:27:30
Hopefully this has been cathartic for both Farid and Shifa, but worry that it has been written too soon. No doubt Farid discussed his writing of the book with Shifa, and their amazing faith has helped them accept the loss of Husna. A thought provoking read with real lessons for humanity.

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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