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  • Azim’s Bardo From Murder to Forgiveness: A Father’s Journey (E-Book)


    “Bust him, Bone!”

    A single shot from the 9mm handgun exploded in the night air. Tariq Khamisa, a 20-year-old college student and part-time pizza deliverer, lay dead in the front seat of his car. The killer: eighth-grader Tony Hicks. So began the bardo of Azim Khamisa, Tariq’s father. ”Bardo” is a Tibetan Buddhist concept Azim came upon shortly after the murder. It is a gap between the end of one life state and the onset of another.

    The loss of his only son ended forever the life Azim had known. He was thrown into a nightmarish bardo through which he had to find his way. But his strong Islamic Ismaili faith and his determination to make his son’s death meaningful transformed Azim’s bardo into a remarkable journey. A spiritual teacher started his path by telling him that compassionate acts, undertaken in the name of the departed, are ”spiritual currency” that speeds the soul’s journey. Azim searched his heart. He found no desire for vengeance there.

    “From the beginning, I saw victims at both ends of that gun,” he said. In an extraordinary act, he reached out to the family of his son’s killer. “We both carry a burden of loss. Help me carry mine. Let me help you carry yours,” was the message he conveyed to Ples Felix, Tony’s grandfather. He discovered in Ples a faith as strong as his own, and a similar burning desire to end the plague of youth violence. Azim established the Tariq Khamisa Foundation to do this work. Its award-winning programs in the San Diego schools use powerful, real-life dramas to teach kids that they have the ability—and the responsibility—to choose nonviolent solutions to problems. Ples is vice chairman of the Foundation and serves on the Board of Trustees. Azim’s journey also led him to discover an approach to criminal justice that he believes is a model for the future.

    Restorative justice seeks to restore wholeness to victims and communities when crimes are committed. Importantly, it also offers perpetrators an opportunity to redeem themselves as contributing, responsible members of society. This is a win-win process and is especially valuable in cases involving juvenile criminals. From Murder to Forgiveness is a powerful and inspiring story that offers hope for the restoration of lives brutalized by acts of violence.

  • BOOK – Leadership for the Greater Good – A Guide for Truth to Power Champions


    Azim Khamisa’s twenty-five years of extensive global speaking, books, and media coverage spawned a forgiveness movement that has reached millions. Now Khamisa calls for a new kind of leader—a satyagrahi leader—to follow in the footsteps of some of the world’s most inspiring role models. Building on Mahatma Gandhi’s practice of satyagraha, a method of using passive resistance to spark political and social change, satyagrahi leaders balance their ambition with their spirit and use their skills to benefit the larger community. As you ponder these attributes, how many leaders come to your mind?

  • BOOK – The Secrets of The Bulletproof Spirit


    How to Bounce Back from Life’s Hardest Hits

    In The Secrets of the Bulletproof Spirit, internationally honored author, speaker and peace-activist Azim Khamisa and author, inspirational speaker and interfaith minister Jillian Quinn reveal the thirty keys to emotional resiliency and the corresponding strategies that they themselves have used to transcend their own heart-wrenching losses. Nutritious food-for-thought, these techniques teach us to reframe loss as a bridge rather than an abyss; to appreciate that forgiveness is a practice, not an event; to question the value of consistency and find opportunities in instability.



  • BOOK – Azim’s Bardo: From Murder to Forgiveness


    A compelling true story of a father’s journey from the initial shock of the loss of his son to forgiving the murderer who took his son’s life, the award-winning From Murder to Forgiveness is a journey that will take you from anger to forgiveness, peace and wisdom.  A must read for all.

    Azim Khamisa’s book A Father’s Journey: From Murder to Forgiveness was a very profound read…. I found it to be very inspirational, very impactful, very challenging, very moving, all rolled into one.

    ~Anita Narayan, Founder Breaking Free Unlimited


    Are you interested in the audiobook version? Get access here.

  • BOOK – From Forgiveness to Fulfillment


    From Forgiveness to Fulfillment – a sequel to Azim’s first book, From Murder to Forgiveness – beautifully illustrates how Azim has found fulfillment through forgiveness.

  • BOOK – From Fulfillment to Peace


    From Fulfillment to Peace, a third book in a trilogy, is the culmination of a powerfully transforming journey that began on the morning of January 22, 1995. That was when Azim Khamisa received a devastating call informing him that his only son Tariq had been shot and killed. Along the path of healing, forgiveness and also redemption, Azim created a peace formula that would guide his life and be a backbone for this book, which weaves nuggets of spiritual wisdom to create a road-map with detailed directions. Join Azim on this road-map that guides you to continually return to the high vibratory emotions that are essential to maintaining peace – no matter what happens in your life.