“This man’s grandson killed this man’s son.” This is how our guest, Azim Khamisa, is often introduced when he appears before groups gathered to hear him speak. His story begins back in 1995 when his only son, Tariq – a 20-year-old student – was shot and killed while delivering pizzas in San Diego. His killer, Tony Hicks, became the first 14-year-old to stand trial as an adult in the state of California. Tony received a 25-year-to-life prison sentence. Not long after his son’s death, Azim founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation – an organization committed to stopping children from killing children. He also invited Tony’s grandfather and guardian, Ples Felix, to join him in this cause, and the two of them have since been sitting side-by-side on stages across the country sharing the power of forgiveness. Azim has also forgiven Tony, lobbied for his release from prison, and plans to hire him at the Tariq Khamisa Foundation when he is freed.
An eye for an eye, and soon the whole world is blind.
Forgiveness displaces resentment and guilt, and leads to a fuller and more peaceful life.
An Eastern Muslim and Southern Baptist team up to promote forgiveness and nonviolence.
FULL AZIM KHAMISA INTERVIEW