Rais Bhuiyan, an American Muslim from Bangladesh, is an extraordinary human being with a remarkable story. After military boarding school, and becoming a Bangladesh Air Force Officer, he moved to New York to study computer technology.
Shortly after relocating to Dallas, Rais found himself clinging to his strong family and faith-based roots after barely surviving a life-altering, traumatic incident after 9/11. On September 21, 2001, Rais was shot in the face by a white supremacist, calling himself “the Arab slayer.” That fateful day forced Rais to rebuild his life, but also sparked his path as peace and human rights activist.
After returning from a religious pilgrimage in 2009, Rais became a crusader for compassion, peace, and forgiveness. In 2011, he worked tirelessly to save his shooter’s life, requesting clemency and later turning the international campaign, World Without Hate, into a non-profit. He speaks at schools, universities, non-profit and religious organizations, and conferences all over the world. Rais’ efforts have been widely recognized, receiving the Excellence for Human Service Award, United for Change; Search for Common Ground Award, Search for Common Ground; 2011 American of the Year, Esquire Magazine; 2014 Human Relations Award, Muslim Public Affairs Council Foundation, among others.
While working full-time at Sabre Corporation, Rais relentlessly works to end the cycle of hate and violence. He believes to form a better world we need peace, love and forgiveness, and must spread it to our neighbors, citizens, colleagues, and friends--fellow human beings--knocking down the walls of difference.