Eminent writer and academician Prof Muhammed Zafar Iqbal has said that he holds no anger or ill-will towards the youth who attacked him with a knife on the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST) campus on March 3.
If anything, he rather conveyed his sympathy for him, after returning to the campus in Sylhet on Wednesday after 11 days.
Addressing a reception program organized by students at the campus’ Mukta Mancha, the same stage where he was attacked by Foyzur Rahman Faizul, Zafar Iqbal opened up about his own thoughts on the incident.
"I do not have any anger for him. I feel sorry and sympathy for him. Why did he do this? For going to heaven, which was pushed into his head? I am afraid how much sad a person could be who believes he can go to heaven by killing someone," said the famed science fiction writer.
Referring to Faizul, Zafar Iqbal said: "Look at this world, how beautiful it is. He cannot see and know any beauty of this world, only knows he can go to heaven by killing someone."
"You people call me atheist, but I have read the Holy Quran from cover to cover. A message of the Quran says that if you kill anyone, you are killing the whole mankind and if you save someone, you are saving the whole nation," he added.
"I repeatedly thought of Avijit, my student Ananta, Niloy, Dipan, Wasif and Humayun Azad, when I returned back after surviving. My name could have also become a memory like theirs," Zafar Iqbal said.
He arrived at Sylhet Osmani International Airport by a Novo Air flight at 12:45pm Wednesday. His wife Prof Yasmeen Haque and daughter Yeshim Iqbal accompanied him.
SUST Vice-Chancellor Prof Farid Uddin Ahmed and Treasurer Illias Uddin Biswas, along with others, welcomed Zafar Iqbal there.
Escorted by police, they reached the campus at 1:30pm.
Madrasa student Faizul, who also worked as a hawker, had swooped on Zafar Iqbal and stabbed him in the back of his head with a knife at Mukta Mancha during a program in the afternoon of March 3.
The renowned writer was first taken to Sylhet MAG Osmani Medical College Hospital and then airlifted to the Combined Military Hospital (CMH) in Dhaka later that day at the directive of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.
He returned home Wednesday afternoon after making a full recovery at CMH.