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Through tragedy, God still works. One of the martyrs in the recent Egyptian church bombings was Naseem Faheem, a guard at the church. An Egyptian television station interviewed Naseem’s widow about her husband and life after his death. She proceeded to stun the journalists by forgiving those who had murdered her husband. The interviewers were stunned and publically acknowledged that the religion of Naseem’s widow was one of the reasons for such forgiveness. We may never know the reach of such a testimony, but God’s forgiveness was shared among Muslims.

2017-04-21 Egypt (Eternity News) – Egyptian journalist and television host Amr Adeeb was stunned into ten seconds of silence after watching a colleague interview the widow of Naseem Faheem, the guard at St Mark’s Cathedral in Alexandria, Egypt, who was killed in a suicide bomb attack on Palm Sunday.

“The Copts of Egypt are made of steel!” he finally exclaimed.

“If it were my father, I could never say this. These people have so much forgiveness. But this is their faith and religious conviction. These people are made from a different substance.

“May God have mercy on Naseem Faheem. He is a hero and a martyr and a great example to all of us.”

On Palm Sunday, the guard redirected a suicide bomber through the perimeter metal detector at the cathedral, and was probably the first to die when the terrorist detonated a 12kg explosive. Sixteen people, mostly women and children, were killed but the guard’s action saved the lives of dozens of people inside the church.

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