NEW YORK - A Muslim man who survived after being shot in the face during a deadly post-September 11, 2011, rampage has launched a legal bid to save the life of his would-be killer, a move that has even touched the attacker. Mark Anthony Stroman, an admitted white supremacist, is set to be executed on 20 July (around 3 a.m. Thursday PST) for murdering two South Asian immigrants-- a Pakistani and an Indian -- in Dallas, Texas, as he hunted "Arabs" as part of a hate-filled campaign following the 2001 terrorist attacks, according to media reports. A third victim, Rais Bhuiyan, an American of Bangladeshi origin, only survived by pretending to be dead after being gunned-down at close range whilst working at a petrol station. Nearly a decade later, the 37-year-old Bhuiyan is now leading calls to save his attacker from the lethal injection in a remarkable act of personal humanity. Bhuiyan, a former Bangladesh Air Force officer, yesterday filed a lawsuit against Governor Rick Perry and other officials in Texas. He claims his rights as a victim in regards to sentencing have been overlooked by the state, as has his attempts to meet the gunman face-to-face. Bhuiyan still bears the scars from the attack that left him blind in one eye and with 35 pieces of metal in his face. And he recalls the day of the shooting with clarity. "He pointed the gun directly at me. From previous experience I thought it was a robbery," he told The New York Timees, adding: "But then he asked me, 'Where are you from?'. I thought it a strange question to ask." Addicted to drugs and disturbed by the death of his half-sister in the World Trade Centre, the self-confessed Stroman was mid-way through his deadly campaign when he confronted Bhuiyan. It had begun five days earlier on September 15 when Stroman walked into a Dallas grocery store owned by Waqar Hasan, the Pakistani whom he shot dead. The gunman would go on to kill again on 4 October, murdering Indian immigrant Vasudev Patel at a petrol station. Bhuiyan recalls the moment when he became Stroman's second shotgun victim. "It felt like a million bee stings on the right side of my face and then I heard an explosion. I looked down on the floor and saw blood was pouring like an open faucet. I thought, 'I'm dying today for sure'." Despite sustaining horrific wounds to the right side of his face, Bhuiyan survived. And he went on to forgive his attacker. "I never hated him, I just felt sorry for him because he was disturbed and ignorant," he said. But it was only after he went on a pilgrimage to Makkah in 2009 that he started to devote more time to campaigning against Stroman's death penalty sentence. "After I came back from pilgrimage, I thought if we kill him, what are we getting? But if we give him a chance, we can get some good out of it," Bhuiyan said. He continued: "Stroman's execution will not eradicate hate crimes from this world. The cycle of violence should be stopped, we have suffered enough." As part of the campaign, Bhuiyan has now launched legal proceedings against Governor Perry, claiming that the state of Texas ignored his rights as a victim. In an interview with Huffington Post, Bhuiyan said his efforts on behalf of Stroman were motivated by his Muslim faith. The Holy Quran teaches that those who forsake retribution and forgive those who have wronged them become closer to God, he said. "My faith teaches me that saving a life is like saving the entire human race," he said. Bhuiyan is not alone in his efforts to save Stroman's life. He has support from family members of the other victims, including the widows of the two murdered men, Waqar Husan and Vasudev Patel, he said. "We decided to forgive him and want to give him a chance to be a better person," Nadeem Akhtar, Husan's brother-in-law, said. Akhtar said that his sister, Husan's widow, had written a letter requesting that the Dallas district attorney's office support the effort to obtain clemency for Stroman. The district attorney's office declined to support the petition, however. According to those close to Stroman, the efforts by Bhuiyan on his behalf have contributed to a change of heart in a man who called his crimes "patriotic" before his trial and who prosecutors once described as a cold-blooded killer. In an interview last week, Stroman told Ilan Ziv, a documentary filmmaker, that he was remorseful for the crimes and was deeply moved by Bhuiyan's attempts to save his life. "I received a message that Rais loved me and that is powerful," said Stroman, who suffered extreme abuse and neglect as a child at the hands of his alcoholic parents, according to court records. "I want to thank him in person for his inspiring act of compassion. He has forgiven the unforgiveable and I want to tell him that I have a lot of love and respect him," he added. Ziv, who met with Stroman for several hours on Monday, said the condemned man had little hope that Bhuiyan's efforts would succeed in sparing his life. "He's very realistic," Ziv said. "He knows he's got no chance." "Now I have The Islamic Community joining in...Spearheaded by one very remarkable man named Rais Bhuiyan, who is a Survivor of my Hate. His deep Islamic Beliefs have given him the strength to forgive the unforgivable...that is truly inspiring to me, and should be an example for us all. The hate has to stop, we are all in this world together. My jesus faith and Texas roots have deepened my understanding as well. Its almost been 10 years since The world stopped turning, and we as a nation will never be able to forget what we felt that day, I surely wont, but I can tell you what im feeling today, and thats very grateful for Rais Bhuiyans efforts to save my life after I tried to end his," Stroman told the New York Times.