Judgemental, I’m not narrow minded nor am I uneducated. I am a human, just like you.
HUMANITY! What is the meaning HUMANITY? My brother asked.
I was puzzled at first by his question. I didn’t know whether he was being serious or sarcastic. He looked upset, so I asked him what was wrong; I saw a homeless family and there was a little girl among them who was shivering from the cold; she was just laying there, on the ground while people walked over her like she didn’t exist. “Please tell me you did something to help them” I asked. He looked at me with tears in his eyes. I need your help to help them, will you help me, he asked. Of course I’ll help you what do you need me to do. Call all the local homeless shelter and ask if they have any space available. After a long two hours and a number of phone calls we found a shelter that had an available space. We went over to the people with hot drinks and food and told them how we have arranged a place for them to stay and told them that someone from the shelter was on their way to take them to the new home.
They all were in tears it was both tears of sorrow and happiness. The mother held me in tight hug. Saying God bless you my child, God bless you. She went on to telling us that she lost all her hope and faith in God and humanity. She thanked us for everything; she thanked us for resorting her faith in humanity, she thanked us for our kindness saying she doesn’t know how she can ever repay us. After talking for about 20 minutes she said “ Can I ask you a question love” Sure you can I said wondering what she wanted to asked “ Why would you want to help us, we are not Muslims. Don’t Muslims hate Christians? I smiled at her and said, “ma’am why would you think that Muslim’s hate Christians we don’t hate anyone or any religion.” She replied, “On the news, they are always saying Muslims are bad and that you Muslims hate us, but you guys are nothing like that, out of all the people who saw us and walked passed you guys were the only ones that helped us. Hundreds of people have walked passed us, but not a single one of them looked twice at us. She suddenly fell on her knees crying, saying “I’m SORRY, I’m SORRY for thinking all Muslims were bad, I’m SORRY for being so narrow-minded, I’m SORRY for judging you without knowing you, I’m SORRY for everything”. She got up and hugged me again saying, “I wish the media would show us all the kind-hearted Muslims like yourselves. I know a lot of people are frustrated because of recent events, but a small minority of people are to blame. I if there is anything I have learnt today that is, don’t blindly follow what the media says. There are so many good people in this world like you and you and brother. THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING MY LOVES. MAY GOD BLESS YOU BOTH WITH A LONG, HAPPY LIFE?
Reflecting back on today it made me think about, what if I wasn’t a Muslim and never met a Muslim and everything I knew about Islam and Muslims was based on what I saw on TV, how would I feel? It made me realise how it was up to myself to show the world what Islam really is through my good actions.