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Glasgow stabbing victim says his faith helped him forgive attacker

by Premier Journalist

A victim of the Glasgow stabbing attack has said he forgives the attacker. Max Aubin was among six people stabbed in a city hotel on 26th June by asylum seeker Badreddin Abadlla Adam, who was later shot dead by police. 

Aubin remembers being knifed twice by Adam after the man called him over. He told the BBC: 2I heard the guy (Adam) say 'hey you' and I was surprised because it was the first time he had talked to me. He didn't talk to anyone. He said 'Can I see you?'".

Thinking that Adams required help, Aubin attempted to shake his hand. At this moment, Adam blocked the handshake, slapped Aubin in the head and began stabbing him. 

"It was real quick, he slapped me, I started to panic and he started to stab me - two seconds, so quick," Aubin explained. 

"I felt something on my body but I didn't see the knife. I went to go to the ground but he grabbed my t-shirt and tried to stab me again.

"He stabbed me on both sides. I didn't feel pain but when I saw the blood I realised he had stabbed me."

"When I saw my blood I thought I would die.

"My eyes wanted to close. But in my mind I thought, if I close my eyes I will die, so I fought to stay awake."

While he is recovering well from his injuries, Aubin said the trauma of the attack is often fresh in his mind. So, when he experiences flashbacks, Aubin, who is a Christian said he chooses to respond by praying and leaning on the word of God. "When I remember, I take my bible and I start to pray. I am a Christian," he said. 

Aubin also insisted that, in accordance with his faith, he had chosen to forgive the attacker.

He added: "I thank the Lord every morning that I am alive. It was just a bad day. He is dead but I prayed for him. It wasn't him, I think maybe he was sick. We have to forgive him. I am alive and once the doctor said I would be okay, I prayed for him.

"I forgave him already."

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