On Palm Sunday, Nesim Fahim was a guard at the main gate of the church building at Tanta when a terrorist detonated the bomb. Nesim, was 57 years old when he was instantly killed and listed among those martyred that day.
He left behind his wife Samira and their two sons Mena 29, and George aged 27. Nesim was employed as a church guard and Samira was so proud of him, however learning that a terrorist bomb had been detonated close to him resulting in his death, left Samira heartbroken.
One week after the bombing, Samira was interviewed at her house by a TV Satellite channel and the program presenter asked her, “What would you say to those who killed
Television viewers sat poised, waiting for Samira’s reply. Most people expected Samira to speak of revenge, but her answer shocked the audience. Samira said, “I would ask for forgiveness for the person who killed my husband, as I know that my husband has graduated to heaven with the Lord. But the killer is waiting a terrible end for his life so I forgive him if this will help him!”
Millions of Muslims as well as Christians were watching the broadcast and were amazed by her answer. One local television presenter, angered by the bombings, referred to the interview and commented on Samira’s answer. He was even shouting and directed his question to the Christians who were watching him.
“If someone killed my father or my brother, I will surely kill him to get my revenge, so how come you are able to forgive those who are killing you?”
Forgiveness softens hearts
Many people watching the program would naturally share the same sentiments as the television presenter, but Samira is able to forgive because of her deep love for Christ. Samira’s incredibly powerful testimony has opened a way for many to become curious and desire to learn more about Christianity and the Lord Jesus.
Out of this tragic event, came the amazing testimony of a woman able to forgive. Our national contact who met Samira said, “I was very proud to meet her and hear her story. I was touched by her loving heart.”
But you came
Nesim was the breadwinner in the family but since his death, Samira faces a future of uncertainty and great financial difficulty. VOM Australia however, has provided her with six months’ support to help meet her daily needs.
Samira told our contact: “Did you know that when the attack happened I had many visitors coming to take pictures and put them on the social media. But not many thought of helping any of the families of the martyrs. Then we had no more visits and things went quiet and I was praying to the Lord that he may send an angel to help support us and encourage us. I was so excited when I heard that you were coming like an angel from God and also to provide us the hand of God’s support. I have never told anyone, even my own sons, that at this time I am in great need. I continue to pray to the Lord and He comforted my heart to say that He will find a way. Today He has provided His way by sending you to help me in my time of need.”
Please pray for Samira and her family as she continues to trust God for His faithful provision.