Rais Bhuiyan has a remarkable story — one that continually inspires people from around the globe to interview him about his campaign, World Without Hate. Bhuiyan’s story took root in Bangladesh and grew from seeds planted by his parents and strong Islamic beliefs in forgiveness. Shortly after he moved to Dallas to seek career opportunities in computer technology, weeks after the tragic 9/11 attacks, that Bhuiyan was shot in the face by a white supremacist, Mark Stroman. Stroman confessed to shooting Bhuiyan, and killing two other South Asian workers and was subsequently sentenced to death.
Despite this, Bhuiyan worked tirelessly to save Stroman’s life with pleas for clemency. Bhuiyan’s honorable actions led him to receive major awards, including: the 2011 American of the Year, and the Excellence for Human Service Award from United for Change, an American nonprofit dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding of Muslim issues. Bhuiyan has delivered his inspiring message not only to journalists, but also to members of the European Union, German Parliament, Amnesty International and the Council on American-Islamic Relations. His speeches will educate others on the regenerative power of forgiveness and how this concept can be incorporated into anyone’s life.
Many wouldn’t blame Bhuiyan if he were to respond to Stroman’s misguided actions with hate and anger. However, Bhuiyan chose to take the high road, mounting an aggressive campaign to convince Texas authorities to reduce his assailant’s sentence from death to life in prison.Bhuiyan worked tirelessly to save Stroman’s life with pleas for clemency that in 2011 reached the U.S. Supreme Court and even met multiple times with his attacker to get to know him as a human being. Though Stroman was executed, Bhuiyan continues his World Without Hate campaign to promote healing, compassion and forgiveness.