An unforgettable journey that began in tragedy

From muRder
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 delivery man. 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 – 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, Azim founded the Tariq Khamisa Foundation in October 1995 ( He co-founded the Constant and Never Ending Improvement (CANEI) program in 2001 in partnership with the National Youth Advocate Program (, established in 1978. He serves as Vice-Chair of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (, which studies consciousness and was founded in 1973 by Edgar Mitchell, the sixth astronaut to walk on the moon.