Forgiveness not vengeance shown to Iranian murderer

This article actually made me feel like there is still some good left in the world. I was so surprised to read that after Balal Abdullah stabbed and killed Abdollah Hosseinzadeh during an argument, the young boys parents forgave him. Abdullah was sentenced to death by public hanging, and the Iranian penal law hands responsibility for the final sentencing to the victim’s families. This is known as an eye-for-an-eye punishment. Families are encouraged to participate in executions, often by pushing away the chair beneath the hanged person’s feet. (THIS IS CRAZY)  but when the time came instead of actively helping kill the young man, when the execution day arrived, Hosseinzadeh’s mother slapped her son’s killer across the face and forgave him. Hosseinzadeh’s father removed the noose, and his wife and Abdullah’s mother embraced. The mother dreamt she had seen her son in a “good place”, where he encouraged her “not to retaliate.” I find this to be so inspiring and powerful, I know for a fact that I would not have been able to hug the person who just killed my son. This shows that people really can be forgiving and are able to move past whatever issues they may have with one another. Props to the family for forgiving the boy.


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