Muslim Father Forgives the Murderer of His Son, Hugs Him in Court [Video]

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In 2015, Trey Relford was convicted of robbing and murdering 22-year-old Salahuddin Jitmoud in the U.S. city of Lexington, Kentucky. Earlier this week, he was brought to court for a sentencing hearing. But to everyone’s surprise, a most unusual thing happened.

Salahuddin’s father, Jitmoud, was allowed by the presiding judge to address the court before the verdict was delivered. Many people thought he was going to plead with the court to deal mercilessly with the convict. However, Jitmoud shocked the courtroom by saying that he forgave Relford for killing his son two years back.

Even as people in the courtroom struggled to make sense of what they heard, Jitmoud told Relford why he forgave the murderer of his son:

“I’m angry at the devil, who is misguiding you and misleading you to do such a horrible crime. I don’t blame you. I’m not angry at you. I forgive you.”

According to WLEX, Relford tearfully responded by saying:

“There’s not much I can really say. I’m sorry about what happened that day. I cannot do [anything] to give that back to you.”

Jitmoud then embraced Relford in the middle of the courtroom. As the two men held each other, the event became so emotional, the judge had to call for a recess. Later, Relford was sentenced to 31 years in prison.

After the hearing, Jitmoud reportedly told him to “do good deeds”, that he has “confidence that Allah is forgiving”, and that he will have the “opportunity to build a better future” once he gets out of prison. Watch the emotional video below:


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  1. “The believers are those who spend in charity during ease and hardship and who restrain their anger and pardon the people, for Allah loves the doers of good.” [Surah Ali-Imran 3:134]

    “And whoever is patient and forgives – indeed, that is of the matters [requiring] determination.” [Surah Ash-Shura 42-43]

    “The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, said:
    Charity does not decrease wealth, no one forgives except that Allah increases his honor, and no one humbles himself for the sake of Allah except that Allah raises his status.” [Source: Sahih Muslim 2588, Grade: Sahih]

    “Abdullah ibn Amr (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:
    The Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, was upon the pulpit and he said:
    Be merciful to others and you will receive mercy. Forgive others and Allah will forgive you.” [Source: Musnad Ahmad 7001, Grade: Sahih ]

    ” Anas ibn Malik (may Allah be pleased with him) reported:
    I never saw a case involving legal retaliation being referred to the Messenger of Allah except that he would recommend pardoning the criminal. ” [Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 4497, Source: Sahih]

    “A man came to the Messenger of Allah, peace and blessings be upon him, with the killer of his relative.
    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
    Pardon him. But the man refused.
    The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
    Take the blood money. But the man refused.
    The Prophet (peace and blessings Allah be upon him) said:
    Go and kill him, for you are like him.
    Anas (may Allah be pleased with him) said:
    So the man let him go.”
    [Source: Sunan An-Nasa’i 4730, Grade: Sahih]

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