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*