The Place de la République in Paris has become the place where people go to pay tribute to the victims of last week’s terror attacks in Paris.
Recently, one Muslim man did something that took everyone there by surprise. He went to the square with the aim of showing the world that France is not divided and that he’s not the enemy even though he’s Muslim.
He Blindfolded himself and lay a sign on the ground that read:
“I’m Muslim, but I’m told that I’m a terrorist. I trust you, do you trust me? If yes, hug me.”
Almost immediately, strangers gathered and gave the unnamed man a hug. It was very moving and many shed tears.
After the demonstration the man said:
“I would like to thank every one of you for giving me a hug. I did this to send a message to everyone. I am Muslim, but that doesn’t make me a terrorist. I never killed anybody. I can even tell you that last Friday was my birthday, but I didn’t go out. I deeply feel for all the victims’ families. I want to tell you that ‘Muslim’ doesn’t necessarily mean ‘terrorist. A terrorist is a terrorist, someone willing to kill another human being over nothing. A Muslim would never do that. Our religion forbids it.”
This brave man said exactly what people in France needed to hear. There have been many calls of vengeance towards French Muslims after the ISIS attack.
Only love will overcome the hatred Paris has seen lately, and this man has made a good start.