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THE STRANGER ON THE BUS RESTORED MY FAITH IN HUMANITY!

The bus was empty so I decided to sit on the lower deck, at the front, there was only one other passenger on the bus who sat in front of me, a few minutes went by and I noticed that she kept turning back and looking at me. Every time I smiled, she would quickly look away, as funny as it seems she was not very good at disguising it. I didn’t mind the starting it was normal I know some people do it out of curiosity, because they feel sorry for me and others do it out of ignorance, but whatever the reason it didn’t bother me. The glances kept exchanging back and forth throughout the entire journey.

Until we came to a stop where she picked up her bag and stoop up, to my surprise she turned facing towards me and slipped a folded note into my hands and got off the bus. Shivers went down my spine, I was scared at the thought of opening it, not knowing what to expect, what if it was  childish Islamophobic comment or chewing gum folded inside or even worse a death threat. I didn’t know what to do so I convinced myself to open it I told myself if it had something bad written on it than I should just ignore it, because everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that their opinion does not define who I am. (I’m a drama queen I know. Most people would have just opened it already).

When I opened the note I was surprised by what it had inside it. It was a message which read ” Beauty is like a book it cannot be judged by its cover you look beautiful in your Hijab, don’t let society define you. Joslyn.” This was the most heart warming message I have ever read in my life.

The rest of the week went by as normal I saw her on this bus a few time after that were we exchanged glances, but this time when I smiled she smiled back. On Friday she came and sat next to me said “I’M SORRY” I was confused, about why she was apologising, so I asked her why and what she was sorry for. “I’m sorry  for being ignorant, and thinking all Muslims are terrorists , and judging  you based on your religion, and they way you dress, and thinking you are less than me. I’m sorry for the media and how it portrays Muslims in a negative way”. 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 is that, don’t blindly follow what the media says. There are so many good people in this world like you.

At this point I was even more confused because I didn’t know her, but she spoke to me as if she knew me. She must have sensed what I was thinking, as she went on to say,  “I know what you’re thinking and I promise I not a weirdo that is stalking you or anything like that. I am June’s daughter Joslyn.

NOTE: June is an elderly women whom  I often see on the bus. I have known her for about  3 years now. She is the sweetest person I have ever met, she is full of wisdom, stories and laughter. There is never a dull moment when she is around. She also bakes the most delicious treats, now that is just a bonus.

“My mum always talks about this sweet, eccentric girl that she meets on the bus that is full of life, who has so much positivity and love to share with the people. She talks about how you always greet her Good Morning with a massive smile on your face and ask how she is and how her day was. She always looks forward to seeing and talking to you.”

“When my mum first told me you were a Muslim I was a little taken back because my mum is a devoted Catholic Christian who isn’t very fond of Muslims, so it was strange when I heard her say nice things about you. You changed her views and opinions towards Muslim and I know that is not something easy to do especially when the person is stubborn, but I do not know how you did it, but you did. I now understand why my mum adores you. I have observed you for the past week and I have noticed how friendly and approachable you are. Most people on the bus know you by name and vise versa. It amazes me how you interact with people not many people talk to one another these days especially to strangers, but there something different about you.”

We came to my stop so I stood up as I stood up she stood up too and gave me a hug and said, “Thank You for changing our views about Islam and Muslims.”

Truth be told I should be the one thanking her she has restored my faith in humanity. Maybe humanity does still exist, maybe there is still hope for us after all. Needless to say we need more people like this in the world.

Reflecting back on the incident it made me think, 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, and what the media told me. I can still hold people responsible for having such view. It made me consider, how it was up to me to show the world what Islam really is through my good actions. I know one person cannot make much of a difference,  but if we all did our bit the world would be a better place.

 

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54 thoughts on “THE STRANGER ON THE BUS RESTORED MY FAITH IN HUMANITY!

  1. Hammad Rais says:

    Thank you for sharing this encouraging story from your daily life. Indeed, a book can’t be judged up by it’s cover. This is very true for us Muslims as out millions, probably thousands are diverted up from Islam’s righteous path. Western media and people focus on those few and rest like us suffer the consequences.
    But what you are doing is beyond just simple gesture. You are changing minds of those who fall prey to the misconception about Islam. This ain’t a small feat!
    May ALLAH ALMIGHTY shower HIS blessings upon you for this.

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  2. Rodiyahtan says:

    Ma sha Allah, this is a really good one. More importantly thank you for being a good ambassador of Islam, may Allah continually bless you and June and Joslyn. May this love spread round the world. Really beautiful experience, thanks for sharing thereby restoring our hope/faith in humanity

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  3. Syed Viqaruddin says:

    This reminds me of a very beautiful message I read somewhere, and here it goes, ‘Practice Islam as it aught to be and it will take care of the rest’. I see you probably dint go overboard to strike a note with Misses June or her daughter, or for that matter you tried to clear their misconceptions about Islam. You were just your normal self yet you manged to shatter their misconception about Islam and Muslims very effortlessly. Today, when Islamophobia is all time high, we as a Muslim have an additional responsibility to clear this filth from the world and bring the beautiful deen of Islam to the world, and I think that can be possible by just practicing Islam as it is aught to be and Allah will take care of the rest. Masha Allah very proud of you. Keep spreading smiles. Assalam Alaikum.

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  4. M says:

    Wow ! This was truly amazing. At least there is some hope in humanity. You are such a wonderful person 😀
    I’ve never commented but I felt like I just had to when reading this.
    I love reading your posts , especially because they sometimes just on random things that are so relatable. Keep it up 😘👍🏻

    World hijab Day is on Wednesday ( 1st February) and I thought maybe you can do post on it ( if you can).

    Remember me in your duaas 💜
    Xxx

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    • Hijabi-Online says:

      You’re so sweet this comment just made my day, Thank you.

      I plan on writing a post on world Hijab day, keep and eye out for it. (Not sure if the post will make it up on time, but I will try my best). 😊

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  5. bilalsidiki says:

    Humanity by far is above most of the bad stuff that is happening around us and Im glad that we see more love than hate on the different forums such as this one 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your experience. 🙂

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  6. jilldennison says:

    What an absolutely beautiful story … this brought a tear to my eyes, but also a smile to my lips. More importantly, it reminded me, in the midst of all the hate and angst these days, that there are good people out there. Thank you for sharing this!

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  7. jilldennison says:

    Reblogged this on Filosofa's Word and commented:
    Of late, it is easy to wonder where we, as a nation, left our humanity. To wonder if the whole world has become bigoted and intolerant. This story by fellow blogger Hijabi-Online gave me reason for hope and reminded me that there are good people out there. Please take a few moments to read her story.

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  8. davidprosser says:

    Such a shame that people reach negative opinions about Muslims in the first place without having met any.I’m glad this lady at least apologised for her generalities and admitted she was wrong to have done so.
    There’s good every where if you look.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

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  9. Syed Viqaruddin says:

    Reblogged this on Insight into a Wandering Mind and commented:
    Hello guys, please read this inspiring and beautiful incident penned by one of my favorite bloggers. The behavior of people like Joslyn, June, and Hijaabi Online (opps, sorry, I dont know her name) not only come as a fresh breath of air, but also shatters the notion that dialogue do not mend bridges in today’s world filled with hate and angst. This is truly one of my favorites and I am sure you wont regret spending time reading it and I bet you will come again to read, or should I say experience it again.

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  10. chasingsakina says:

    Little notes are always the best, giving and receiving them can be the scariest thing in the world at times, because you’re not sure what to expect, but just like this encounter, it reminded me that sometimes the best thing to do in life, is to think the best of people and to give with a good heart. Regardless of their outer appearance or their religion and to always think and treat others with goodness and kindness. Just like the Prophet (pbuh) did ❤

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  11. Barbara says:

    I found your blog via Chasingsakina. I am so glad I did. This is a beautiful story and I am so glad you have another new friend. A smile can be everything to some people’s day and you give yours freely wherever you go.

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  12. Andrea says:

    I admit to not knowing much about the Muslim religion, very little in fact. When I am on the bus or the tube, I often see women in hijab and listen to them chatting (I’m fascinated by languages and the rhythmic flow of their words). I hope I’m not staring, but I’m sure sometimes I am. I don’t mean to, at least not in a bad way. Where I’m from in America, there aren’t a lot of Muslims. I’m mostly just curious about other cultures, and different ways. I’ve traveled all over the world and I’ve never lived any place more diverse than London. Sometimes I go an entire bus journey without hearing English. (Which I like!)

    With all the decisions happening in my country, I hope I am not judged for them. They are decisions I don’t agree with. We can be on the same bus, Muslim, Jew, Catholic and Atheist. It shouldn’t matter, we should all be able to smile.

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  13. leggypeggy says:

    It’s a beautiful story and I hope more Muslims experience this kind of support and welcome. I have never, ever reblogged someone else’s post, but I’m reblogging this one in the hope that it helps someone else to think a little harder and look a little closer. Thank you.

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  14. leggypeggy says:

    Reblogged this on Where to next? and commented:
    For many years, I’ve lived and travelled in Muslim countries and known countless Muslims. I’ve always been welcomed and treated with courtesy and respect. I don’t know where this encounter occurred (country or city) but I am so gratified to learn that people are making an effort to get to know and accept Muslims as they find them. Please read down to the last paragraph where the author recognises that sometimes our opinions are shaped by misinformation.

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  15. The Bloggerman says:

    That’s so refreshing to read, especially in the current day of media hyped propaganda and ‘fake news’ that we are constantly surrounded by!
    It’s truly appalling that we are judged based on the geographical location you were born and the religion you preach.

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  16. Steph McCoy says:

    Thank you for sharing this story.💖 I wish we could get to a point where we look at people as humans and quit with the broad brush strokes of stereotyping. As you so eloquently put it everyone is entitled to their own opinion but to deliberately hurt by hurling insults or physically assaulting any group of people because of personal biases is unacceptable.

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  17. milliethom says:

    This was a lovely story and a pleasure to read. I certainly agree with the phrase about not judging a book by its cover, and that the media gives everyone a totally biased view of Islam. I sincerely hope that, one day, the world will be a place in which people of all faiths and skin colour can accept each other. Everyone is entitled to hold their own beliefs and deserves to be treated with kindness and respect.

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  18. Forestwoodfolkart says:

    This is a blog post that is worthy of re-blogging over and over again! I think it has positivity, addressing judgementalism and prejudice and definitely restores one’s faith that we can all feel that we are in this together – we, as humans of all kinds and persuasions, but the world’s people first and foremost.
    Thanks to Leggypeggy for directing me here!

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  19. Forestwoodfolkart says:

    Reblogged this on Something to Ponder About and commented:
    It is becoming more difficult to know what to believe from social and commerical media outlets, so blogging from real people is a future force to be reckoned with. We can give good news, positive, inclusive, stories the “air time” they deserve.

    This is a blog post that is worthy of re-blogging over and over again! I think it has positivity, addressing judgementalism and prejudice and definitely restores one’s faith that we can all feel that we are in this together – we, as humans of all kinds and persuasions, but the world’s people first and foremost.
    Thanks to Leggypeggy for directing me here!

    Liked by 1 person

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