#WATWB: Iranian Mother Who Spared Her Son’s Killer

Posted: 2020/08/29 in Fiction

In Autumn of 2007, Samereh Alinejad’s son was stabbed to death in a street brawl, and she promised to avenge him by having the killer hanged.

Abdollah Hosseinzadeh was stabbed and killed in a street brawl in the autumn of 2007 when he was only 18. He had known his killer, Balal. The two, barely out of their teens at the time, had played football together. Abdollah was the second son Alinejad had lost, her youngest died as a boy in a motorbike accident when he was 11. Furious in her grief, she was determined Balal would hang.

 However, minutes before the killer was to be executed, she pardoned him.

Speaking by phone from Iran’s northern Mazandaran province, on the Caspian Sea, Alinejad said she had no intention of sparing Balal’s life until the moment she asked for the noose to be removed from his neck. Her last-minute pardon was a remarkable act of humanity that moved hearts across Iran – and the world – but it took Alinejad by surprise as much as it did Balal, his relatives and her own family.

The rest of Alinejad’s story can be found here and here.

Balal, stands in the gallows during his execution ceremony in the northern city of Nowshahr on April 15. (Arash Khamooshi/AFP/Getty Images)

This is the 38th celebration of the WE ARE THE WORLD BLOGFEST #WATWB which is carried out every last Friday of the month, and which aims to spread love and positiveness in this vulnerable world. A celebration of heroes who can still restore our faith in humanity, especially in this period when our world seems to be full of endless series of horrible happenings.

Our generous co-hosts for this month are: Shilpa Garg  , Lizbeth Hartz, Sylvia Stein, Roshan Radhakrishnan, and myself.


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  1. Susan Scott says:

    Well, I’m blown away Peter. Reminds me of the saying ‘Vengeance is mine, saith the Lord’. Also amazing is that Alinejad had two dreams of her own son about Balai’s upcoming execution …
    I especially liked that her message is for people not to carry knives as not only do they kill, but also those who are left behind suffer terribly. Thank you for this powerful story, and for co-hosting this month.

  2. Dan Antion says:

    That seems like it would be do hard to do. What a heartwarming story.

  3. Damyanti Biswas says:

    It must have been a difficult decision to make.

  4. dweezer19 says:

    Forgiveness hopefully healed two souls in that moment. Thanks for sharing. Things would not happen so easily here. Too much red tape within the system.

  5. I really have fallen by the wayside with blogging but this brought tears to my eyes. I hope all is well Peter!

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