2019-03-16 by W.M.
Christchurch terror attack: Man whose wife was shot dead by terror suspect says he does not hate him
Husna Ahmed was killed in the shooting on Deans Ave Christchurch.
A paraplegic man’s wife was shot dead as she returned to check on him after getting some children to safety.
But Farid Ahmed says he does not hate terror suspect Brenton Tarrant.
Ahmed and his wife of 24 years, Husna Ahmed, were in separate rooms inside the Al Noor Mosque in Deans Ave when Tarrant allegedly opened fire.
Farid Ahmed, who is paraplegic after a crash in Nelson nearly 20 years ago, quickly headed for the exit.
“Being in a wheelchair it was difficult to get out. In the back of my mind I was thinking, ‘in any moment a bullet will go through my brain.’ I was ready, I didn’t panic, I just calmly went out the backdoor.”
Meanwhile his wife and a group of women took some children out to safety as another group of women hid in a toilet inside the mosque.
Once the children were safe she went back to the mosque to check on her husband. As she made her way towards the mosque the mother-of-one was shot dead on the footpath.
Not knowing what happened to his wife Farid Ahmed went back inside the mosque once he thought the shooting was over.
“I went to the ladies room and I didn’t find anyone there, but in the main room there was injured people and dead people.
“It was really shocking, they were screaming, calling for water, calling for help. They were saying, ‘when is the ambulance coming? When would police come?’ And all I could say was it was definitely not too far away, be patient.”
Police arrived shortly after and told Farid Ahmed to leave immediately as officers did not believe it was safe.
Once outside his niece tried calling Husna Ahmed several times on her cell phone but got no answer. A short while later a police officer told him his wife had been shot dead.
Speaking from his Christchurch home on Saturday Farid Ahmed said he did not hate the terror suspect.
“I don’t hold any grudges. I just don’t understand. I have compassion for them, I hope and pray that they will learn, listen and they will be turned as better humans and they will care for people instead,” he said.
“In any fruit basket you get one or two bad fruit, so we should not hold onto that thought. We are one people and some people are trying to spread hate to create animosity between us.”
He said his wife was a “very courageous and caring” person and a “dedicated wife”.
“We worked as a team, we were extremely happy.”
Losing her was a “big loss” for him and their 15-year-old daughter.
“Everything hurts, I’m feeling for her, I’m feeling for all the people hurt and I’m feeling for the whole of New Zealand.”
Four years into their marriage Farid Ahmed was involved in a serious crash in Nelson. He was transferred immediately to Christchurch Hospital.
“The prognosis was very bad. She was with me, holding on, supporting me and then with her support and other people’s help I came out of that situation.”
He said he told his daughter they had two choices going forward.
“Once choice is sadness and to choose the negative and be more suffering or to be positive and resilient and to come on top of it and move on so she’s taking it in and I’m very proud of her.”