In the days following the terror attacks in Paris, there have been numerous accounts of assaults, vandalism and threats towards Muslims in the U.S. and Canada. Despite this resurfacing of Islamophobia, one man is taking a brave stand in the City of Light to show that people can still love each other despite having religious differences.
A Muslim man stood inside Paris' Place de la Republique, a major public square with large crowds after the recent terrorist attacks. He stood in that location, blindfolded, and he only wanted one thing.
He wanted strangers to give him hugs.
This Muslim man also had two signs next to him. One sign said, "I'm a Muslim, but I'm told that I'm a terrorist." The second sign said, "I trust you, do you trust me? If yes, hug me."
Numerous Parisians hugged the blindfolded Muslim man.
Hours later, the Muslim man removed his blindfold and delivered an inspiring message to the crowd that had gathered there.
"I did this to send a message to everyone. I am a Muslim, but that doesn't make me a terrorist," the man said in the video. "I want to tell you that 'Muslim' doesn't necessarily mean 'terrorist.' A terrorist is a terrorist, someone willing to kill another human being over nothing. A Muslim would never do that. Our religion forbids it."