Praise Decision by Family to Forgive Son’s Killer


Target: The Hosseinzadeh family

Goal: Celebrate the decision of an Iranian family to forgive their son’s killer

Parents of a young Iranian named Abdollah Hosseinzadeh, who was killed seven years ago, decided to halt the execution of his killer at the last minute. The execution was scheduled to take place this week after many years of pushing back the date. The man was to be hanged, a very acceptable form of punishment in Iran. Families of victims are often encouraged to forgive the perpetrators of crimes rather than have them face the death penalty. This family must be celebrated for choosing to forgive the man, only identified as Balal, before his life was taken from him.

The Iranian news agency ISNA reported that in 2007 the two men got into a street fight. Balal drew a knife and stabbed Abdollah multiple times. ISNA also reported that the family of Abdollah believed that Balal did not intend to kill their son. Hence, they decided to forgive him. Right before the hanging, Mr. Hosseinzadeh’s mother Maryam climbed on a chair, slapped Balal hard across the face and then said the word, ‘forgiven’.

Understandably, Balal’s family was incredibly thankful for the decision of the Hosseinzadeh family. The international community should also commend the family for their decision to save the human rights of the man who killed their son. Sign this petition and thank the Hosseinzadeh family for protecting the ultimate human right to life.


Dear Maryam Hosseinzadeh,

The decision by your family to forgive your son’s killer is an inspiration to the international community. I am inspired by the strength that it must have taken to find forgiveness towards this man. By not allowing the execution to continue, your family has taken a strong stand for the ultimate human right to life.

I hope that by forgiving this man, your family may find some peace. I understand that the last seven years must have been very difficult for you. The international community understands your pain and thanks you for overcoming it. I thank you.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Daniel Case via Wikipedia Commons

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