Failed Robbery Ends in a Pledge to Islam???

New York – Role reversal at gun point: After an attempted robbery of a store near New York City, the owner showed generous mercy instead of calling the police.

The thief came charging into the convenience store in Long Island shortly before closing armed with a baseball bat and demanded money, according to the security videotape broadcast Wednesday on US television.

As the store owner, Mohammad Sohail, pulled out a rifle – it wasn’t even loaded – the would-be thief collapsed to his knees.

‘He started begging,’ Mohammad Sohail, the store owner, told television crews. The thief said ‘I got no money, my family hungry,’ Sohail said.

Sohail gave the thief bread and 40 dollars, and the masked thief said, ‘I want to be a Muslim just like you,’ Sohail told CNN.

Sohail performed a brief naming ceremony to declare him a Muslim, then gave him 40 dollars and some bread.

But while he went to fetch a jug of milk, the man had vanished.

Sohail said he did not intend to press charges against the would- be thief. (source)

Holy God! That is crazzzzyy!

But honestly, what an example to us all. Sometimes we get so caught up in the aggressive, individualistic, materialistic, selfish, etc, etc, nature of life these days we lose touch with the simple things, the things that bind us together: compassion, empathy, caring. 

Sohail seemed so good-hearted about it! He said that he emphasized with the man, and his plight. And he gave him bread and 40 dollars. The man then said that he was inspired and wanted to be just like him. He asked to convert, and Sohail had him recite the shahada (I witness that there is no God but God and Muhammed is His messenger). 

Now, put all your cynicism aside – I know I had plenty negative thoughts – and realize: Sohail made a difference. He changed someone. He taught someone something. He made a difference!

How many of us can say that?

And what really had me laughing was that it came directly after the announcement that Osama Bin Laden *cough cough* declared Obama was continuing the Bush era. And then this: something that kinda makes you realize: guess what? we’re human too. *smile*

Yay =)



Filed under Canada, islam, News, Obamania, Reflections

6 responses to “Failed Robbery Ends in a Pledge to Islam???

  1. Ayesha


  2. That’s sweet of the guy to give the would-be robber some money and food. I don’t know if I put much stock in those kinds of conversions though. It seems like he was only trying to save his butt. Why else would he vanish when the guy was going to give him some milk? Nice of the store owner though. Enjoyed the story and who knows? Maybe the robber will become a good NY Muslim after all. 🙂

    • Well, I’m not to sure about the conversion either, but I generally leave matters of the heart to God, lol. But what really inspired me was the reaction of the store owner. When you think of the way it *could* have ended, the way that many of these conflicts end, and then see this it gives hope. I mean even if he didn’t convert convert, he could have been touched by it. I don’t know. It could be that he starts viewing others and their plights with compassion rather than disdain. You never know, eh?

  3. I can’t help but view this kind of ‘conversion’ with a hint of cynicism but it really is an inspiring story as far as the attitude of the store owner is concerned!

    • Yeah, exactly. But I like I said above, I prefer leaving it to God to judge. Not that I’m saying either you or Susanne are judging! But it feels right, lol. And yes, acts of empathy are always inspiring =)

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