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Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:03 pm

I don't know if you guys have heard this story, but I thought it was pretty cool.

NYC hails Muslim 'Good Samaritan'
By Alastair Lawson
BBC News

I have friends who are Jews, Christian and Buddhist and would have acted in the same way if they were victims of an unprovoked attack

Hassan Askari
A Muslim Bangladeshi student is to be honoured by the mayor of New York on Wednesday for helping three Jewish people who were being beaten up.

Hassan Askari has been described as a "latter-day Good Samaritan" for coming to the aid of the three, who were attacked earlier this month.

A gang yelling anti-Semitic slogans had assaulted them on the city's subway.

His intervention left him with a possible broken nose, a stitched lip, bruises and two black eyes.

'One family'

But it was sufficient for the attackers to turn their attention on him and allow one of those who was being attacked to raise the alarm and call the police.

"I was brought up to believe that you cannot walk away from an incident like this," he told the BBC.

"I felt I could not just stand there and watch these people being beaten up without doing anything to help.

"I believe we are all members of one family, and my religion teaches me always to come to the aid of my fellow man in distress."

The slightly-built accountancy student - who comes from an aristocratic Bengali family - was travelling from home on 9 December when he saw the attack take place on a crowded train.

Mr Askari has three forefathers who were knighted by British monarchs during the days of the Raj and is a member of the Dhaka Nawab family, an important political dynasty in the Indian subcontinent.

Around 10 people were attacking the three Jews after an argument had broken out.

"As the quarrel turned progressively more violent, scores of people on the train ignored the fight and didn't want to have anything to do with it," said Marc Scheier, a rabbi from the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding, who presented Mr Askari with a bravery award earlier this month.

Mr Askari's grandparents were knighted by British monarchs

"Mr Askari - like the Good Samaritan - was the only person brave enough to intervene.

"The symbolism of his action at Christmas time is striking - a foreign Muslim coming to the aid of three Jews in an act of kindness and cooperation.

"People often forget that Judaism and Islam aren't so far apart as the radicals from both sides would have us believe. We are both Abrahamic religions and in many respects share a common faith."

'Unprovoked attack'

Mr Askari said that he was "overwhelmed" by the publicity his actions have generated, and "embarrassed" that the American press have labelled him a "hero of the city".

"I have friends who are Jews, Christians and Buddhists and would have acted in the same way if they were victims of an unprovoked attack," he said.

The student has been hailed a hero by the New York press

Rabbi Scheier said that he could tell from injuries sustained by one of the three victims that it was a "brutal and extremely violent" attack which would have required "immense courage" from Mr Askari to get involved in.

"He is such a humble and modest man blessed with the most extraordinary bravery," he said.

Ten people have been arrested in connection with the attack and three of them have appeared in court charged with assault and disorderly conduct.

Mr Askari is due to be presented with a medal on Wednesday that will be handed to him either by or on behalf of the Mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg.

The student - whose mother, father and younger brother live in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka - says that his long term aim is to return to his beloved home country where he grew up as a child.

"Home is where the heart is and at least there is no subway there," he said.
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Re: Not all Muslims are bad

Postby moonhead » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:06 pm

are you implying that most are? 8-o
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Re: Not all Muslims are bad

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:32 pm

moonhead wrote:are you implying that most are? 8-o


Referencing this thread title. ;-)
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Re: Not all Muslims are bad

Postby 1crzydmnd » Tue Dec 18, 2007 5:48 pm

This guy was most definitely the exception. I wouldn't be surprised if a fatwa hasn't been issued to have this guy killed.
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Re: Not all Muslims are bad

Postby nameless1 » Tue Dec 18, 2007 8:37 pm

1crzydmnd wrote:This guy was most definitely the exception. I wouldn't be surprised if a fatwa hasn't been issued to have this guy killed.


:-C :-P :,-(

You always have to assume that someone of any race, religion, political orientation, sexual orientation... are good people until that individual convinces you otherwise (just my stance).
This just shows that there are decent and indecent people in all groups.
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Re: Not all Muslims are bad

Postby Omaha Red Sox » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:10 pm

nameless1 wrote:This just shows that there are decent and indecent people in all groups.


And there lies the point of this thread. ;-D
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Re: Not all Muslims are bad

Postby moonhead » Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:11 pm

nameless1 wrote:
1crzydmnd wrote:This guy was most definitely the exception. I wouldn't be surprised if a fatwa hasn't been issued to have this guy killed.


:-C :-P :,-(

You always have to assume that someone of any race, religion, political orientation, sexual orientation... are good people until that individual convinces you otherwise (just my stance).
This just shows that there are decent and indecent people in all groups.

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Re: Not all Muslims are bad

Postby Metroid » Tue Dec 18, 2007 10:36 pm

moonhead wrote:
nameless1 wrote:
1crzydmnd wrote:This guy was most definitely the exception. I wouldn't be surprised if a fatwa hasn't been issued to have this guy killed.


:-C :-P :,-(

You always have to assume that someone of any race, religion, political orientation, sexual orientation... are good people until that individual convinces you otherwise (just my stance).
This just shows that there are decent and indecent people in all groups.

:applaud:

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Re: Not all Muslims are bad

Postby Lofunzo » Tue Dec 18, 2007 11:11 pm

Great story. ;-D

"Home is where the heart is and at least there is no subway there," he said.


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Re: Not all Muslims are bad

Postby josebach » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:02 am

I just read about a poll they took in Saudi Arabia that said only 10% of people supported Al Qaeda.
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