A Coptic Christian’s stunning willingness to forgive the terrorists who killed her husband during the Palm Sunday bombings that targeted two Egyptian churches earlier this month left one TV host completely speechless, as he attempted to process the woman’s astounding level of grace.
It’s a clip that you might have missed, but certainly one worth pausing to watch, as it shows the profound impact forgiveness can have not only on the person offering it, but also on others observing it.
“I ask the lord to forgive them and let them try to think,” said Samira Fahmi, whose husband, Naseem Fahmi, died during the attacks at St. Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt. “If they think, they will know that we didn’t do anything wrong to them.”
She continued, “May God forgive you and we also forgive you. Believe me, I forgive you.”
Fahmi’s proclamation was so stirring, in fact, that it reportedly led TV host Amr Adeeb of Egypt’s ONTV to take a long, 10-second pause. Then, after hearing her comments about forgiving the suicide bomber, he subsequently showered the woman — and Egyptian Christians more broadly — with praise, as World Watch Monitor noted.
“Egyptian Christians are made of steel,” Adeeb said, according to a translation provided by The Bible Society of Egypt. “Egyptian Christians for hundreds of years are bearing many atrocities and disasters. The Egyptian Christian deeply loves his country … how great is this amount of forgiveness you have?”
And he wasn’t done there. Adeeb continued, “If your enemy knew how much forgiveness you have for them he would not believe it … These people have so much forgiveness. …these people are made from a different substance.”
Watch Fahmi’s comments and Adeeb’s reaction below:
According to Open Doors USA, Naseem Fahmi was a guard who died protecting Coptic Pope Tawardos during the Palm Sunday attacks. And, as it turns out, this apparently wasn’t the only time his wife has spoken out about her stunning level of forgiveness for the terrorists responsible.
“I am sure Naseem has been happy to give his life for Christ,” she said, according to Open Doors USA. “I am proud of what my husband did, but life has become hard for me after his death. He was everything in my life.”
(H/T: Charisma News)
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