A Muslim Woman Thanks Fellow Train Passengers Over Facebook For Defending Her From Islamophobes
Ruhi Rahman, 23, was riding the train with her sister when a man began shouting Islamophobic comments at them -- a reminder of the kind of hateful xenophobic attitudes that are still all too common.
But what stands out about this story is that the rest of the passengers did not stand for that kind of garbage behavior. They stood up for the young women and kicked the train bully to the curb.
In a touching post on Facebook, Rahman recounted her story and gave a heartfelt message of thanks to her helpers:
"Before I even got a chance to react to his comments the women beside me supported me and helped. After a while most of the people on the metro came over and spoke up for us and were being so supportive," Rahman wrote. "Also they even told the man to get of the metro. It was so sweet to see how everyone in the metro got the man off and then clapped at the end."
Rahman added that the woman who sat next to her even started to cry "because she was so disgusted with his comments and she said no one should go through this."
In an interview with the Newcastle Chronicle , Rahman said that she later reported the attacks to the police but added that the response from the other passengers -- many of them local sports fans -- made her feel "really optimistic and hopeful."
"I'd never seen anything like it," she told the Chronicle. "I have never felt more proud of being a Geordie. It was lovely that everyone came together to help us and I can’t thank them all enough."
"It was so sweet to see how everyone in the metro got the man off and then clapped at the end. It really shows me how this world is full of such sweet people and some dogs too," Rahman wrote. "I hope more people can not be so narrow minded and realize how Islam should not be blamed for an individual's act because Islam stands for peace not terrorism."
You can watch Chronicle Live's interview with her here: