Manchester is visibly shaken right now after a terror attack carried out by a radicalized youth resulted in the date of 22 people and left more than 100 injured.
However, the city is coming together in a show of strength and a muslim youth decided to showcase that personally.
Video blogger Baktash Noori can be seen standing on MCR’s Market Street wearing a blindfold and holding a playcard that reads: “I’m Muslim and I trust you. Do you trust me enough for a hug?”
Noori carried out the initiative to get a feel of the emotions of the people and how the image of Muslims have been affected by the recent events. He was surprised in a pleasant way:
“The first 30 seconds were nerve racking… but once I got that first hug with a lovely comment from that gentleman in my video, it made me feel a whole lot better,” he told MEN. “With every hug, the comments I received were amazing, some were getting all teary and it’s not hard to tell by a persons hug and tone of voice how much better their and my day became because of this.
“I did not expect so many people to come and hug me, let alone give me such positive comments, but it was the best thing I’ve ever done.”
“Being a Muslim living in Manchester, there is always going to be a couple of people that simply struggle to grasp and understand ‘religion’.
“Muslims typically get represented by some as terrorists. Now usually when I see comments like this on social media when a tragic event happens I try and ignore it regardless of how much it gets to me, but after the incident that occurred in Manchester recently, it affected me a lot, so much hate crime and hate comments being shown all across the web and news it just hurts to see it all.”
It’s heartwarming to see the city is not letting the actions of one individuals as a cause to stigmatize an entire community of people.