An unforgettable journey that began in tragedy.

From muder
to forgiveness

Bust him, Bone!” The echo of the 9mm handgun resonated in the quiet night, marking the tragic end for 20-year-old Tariq Khamisa, a college student and pizza deliverer. His assailant: young eighth-grader Tony Hicks.
This marked the start of a profound spiritual journey for Azim Khamisa, Tariq’s grieving father. Drawn to the concept of “bardo” from Tibetan Buddhism— a transitional period between life states—Azim found himself navigating the dark abyss of loss. Anchored by his deep Islamic Ismaili faith and a desire to give meaning to Tariq’s death, he channeled his grief into compassionate actions.
Guided by the wisdom that such acts serve as “spiritual currency” for the departed soul, Azim rejected the path of revenge. Instead, he recognized the tragedy in both lives: his son and the young shooter. This realization led him to unite with Tony’s grandfather, Ples Felix, culminating in the establishment of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation. This initiative advocates for restorative justice, healing victims, communities, and offenders.

About the author

Azim Noordin Khamisa – an author, thought leader, peace activist, and international inspirational speaker – was born in Kenya, Africa of Eastern roots. Azim had early training in mathematics, economics and international finance in the United Kingdom. A successful international investment banker with over 45 years of experience, he has conducted business in Africa, the Middle East, Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia. (

A man always on the go, taking action for societal transformation, he is the Founder and Chairperson of the Tariq Khamisa Foundation now in its 25th year ( Azim is the Co-Founder of the Constant And Never Ending Improvement (CANEI) program established in 2001 in partnership with the National Youth Advocate Program (, currently active in several cities and is in its 19th year (LINK). He serves as Vice-Chair of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (, which studies consciousness and was founded by Edgar Mitchell, the sixth astronaut to walk on the moon, some 46 years ago.