At a time when Islamophobia is on the rise, tolerance cannot always be expected, especially in typically conservative areas where Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric might carry more weight. But on Christmas Eve, a group of Muslims in Georgia received a pleasant surprise.
It was on that night when a man named Eslam Mohamed decided go to dinner at an Olive Garden with a group of Muslim families. Together, they totaled seven adults, and five children. In a Facebook post, Mohamed describes the family as being visibly Muslim as the women were wearing Hijab.
But instead of being met with intolerance, they were met with something else — kindness.
At the end of their dinner, they received a bill with this note:
Mohamed posted the image to Facebook along with a caption, describing the event:
"Yesterday i went to Olive Garden restaurant to have dinner with nice families. We were a group of 7 adults and 5 children. Everyone in the restaurant was knowing that we were Arabs Muslims on the table coz of the language and the ladies were having scarves over their head ( Hijab ). After finishing we asked for the receipts and the waitress came to us with that receipt in the picture. Yes, someone paid for us and wrote those wonderful words on the receipt. I can't express how this act touched our hearts. Among all the bad things happening to Muslims and the hate speech that the presidential candidate had made lately , there is still light in the dark, there is still hope within the frustration. All what i can say to who did that, Merry Christmas to you too and God bless such a beautiful heart you have."
Perhaps the most poignant part of Mohamed's message is the last two sentences, where he states that there is still hope for us as a nation, that we will be accepting of one another, and get through these dark times.
(H/T: Independent Journal)