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17 February 2017 / leggypeggy

THE STRANGER ON THE BUS RESTORED MY FAITH IN HUMANITY!

For many years, I’ve lived and travelled in Muslim countries and known countless Muslims. I’ve always been welcomed and treated with courtesy and respect. I don’t know where this encounter occurred (country or city) but I am so gratified to learn that people are making an effort to get to know and accept Muslims as they find them. Please read down to the last paragraph where the author recognises that sometimes our opinions are shaped by misinformation.

P.S. This is the first time I have ever reblogged someone else’s post.

Hijabi Online

The bus was empty so I decided to sit on the lower deck, at the front, there was only one other passenger on the bus who sat in front of me, a few minutes went by and I noticed that she kept turning back and looking at me. Every time I smiled, she would quickly look away, as funny as it seems she was not very good at disguising it. I didn’t mind the starting it was normal I know some people do it out of curiosity, because they feel sorry for me and others do it out of ignorance, but whatever the reason it didn’t bother me. The glances kept exchanging back and forth throughout the entire journey.

Until we came to a stop where she picked up her bag and stoop up, to my surprise she turned facing towards me and slipped a folded note into my hands…

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  1. beetleypete / Feb 18 2017 12:31 am

    That’s a good re-blog, Peggy. The world needs to see more stories like this.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2017 7:16 am

      I thought this was such a wonderful story and, like you, I hope that many more are happening around the world.

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  2. circusgardener / Feb 18 2017 12:33 am

    Thanks for sharing such a lovely post Peggy. I have also commented on the original.

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  3. mommermom / Feb 18 2017 2:47 am

    I am so glad reposted this. It is very timely in our world today.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2017 7:17 am

      You are most welcome and, yes, items like this are very timely.

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  4. Sy S. / Feb 18 2017 5:43 am

    Hello Peggy,

    Thanks for this timely post based on current events…and prejudices by many people against minorities here in America. I have learned to appreciate almost everyone (except criminals…) and not judge anyone on their religion, country, looks…and I dislike close-minded people who have never made an effort to meet people that are different than they are. The blog also points out the power of being friendly to others and not being so negative in meeting new people.

    Sy

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2017 7:20 am

      Hi Sy, I had to laugh at you not appreciating criminals—I don’t either. 🙂 And I agree completely that being friendly and open is a wonderful way to curb prejudice and foster good relationships.

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  5. Laurie / Feb 18 2017 6:26 am

    I have tears in my eyes from your post. How wonderful this would be if it happened more often.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2017 7:20 am

      I got teary too. It’s that kind of wonderful story.

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  6. Dorothy / Feb 18 2017 7:28 am

    Loved this post Peggy, thanks for the re-blog. I think people who have lived in a lot of different countries are more accepting of different cultures. I for one never judge people by their religion, I prefer to judge people by their character and personality. You have to feel sorry for the narrow minded people who want everyone to be the same as them, what a boring world that would be.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2017 1:28 pm

      We spent this morning at Canberra’s annual Multicultural Festival. What a joy! I’ve eaten foods from Tibet, Iran and Czech, and seen performances from China, Tonga, Poland and Peru. We came home because it’s raining, but we’ll be back later today. How lucky we are to have all these influences.

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      • Dorothy / Feb 18 2017 1:49 pm

        Yes, the diversity in food alone makes you wonder about Trump’s stand on things foreign. I wonder how he would like to live by only eating foods native to USA . Including their genetically modified foods.

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      • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2017 2:00 pm

        Oh my, that comment made me laugh.

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  7. Curt Mekemson / Feb 18 2017 11:37 am

    Good re-post Peggy. We all need to be reminded of how importance this is. Over and over. –Curt

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  8. gerard oosterman / Feb 18 2017 12:36 pm

    A great post, Peggyleggy. Thank you for doing that re-blog.

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  9. calmkate / Feb 18 2017 6:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing it’s a delightful story … so many are so quick to judge, let’s open our hearts and minds to all?

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2017 9:40 pm

      Such wonderful advice—yes, let’s open our hearts and minds to all! Thanks.

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  10. Louise M Oliver / Feb 18 2017 6:53 pm

    Thanks for this Peggy. It reflects how I feel when I go up to women wearing hijab and tell them not to worry about what the politicians and Pauline Hanson are saying. If we don’t speak to each other we won’t know. And the relative minority doing evil don’t reflect the values of the Koran or indeed of all Muslims. Our politicians seem to have forgotten that. It’s just like when the Irish Catholics started coming to Australia in great numbers. It used to be illegal to have Mass celebrated in public. Thanks again.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 18 2017 9:42 pm

      Oh Louise, it is so wonderful to know that you approach Muslim women to say everything is okay. I do the same. Speaking up in support is one of the very small gestures we can make.

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  11. Brenda / Feb 19 2017 7:18 am

    Sigh. Hope for the world, one person at a time perhaps.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 10:25 am

      Yeah, sometimes one person at a time is the best we can hope for.

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  12. Steph McCoy / Feb 19 2017 7:26 am

    Peggy thank you for sharing this young woman’s story. As I was reading it I was brought to tears because it’s so sad that we live in a world where we are so unaccepting. As an African American female, over 55, with a disability I understand marginalization and having to prove myself because in this world by some I can never be accepted as a person.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 10:32 am

      It confounds me that so many people are unable to put themselves in another’s situation. We’re all in this life together. Our bottom line should be to support and accept one another.

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  13. lmo58 / Feb 19 2017 10:43 am

    Peggy, the first time I did this was quite a few years ago, maybe when Pauline first emerged. I saw two women in black burqas, is that the right description? I’m talking about the women who are dressed totally in black with just slits for their eyes. Anyway, I went up to them told them not to worry; that all Australians weren’t like that. The upsetting thing was that, when I first approached them, I think they were worried that I was going to abuse them. My latest effort was to stop the car and tell a couple of guys going to prayer at the mosque in Yarralumla that they, and their religion, are welcome here. People probably think I’m weird but what the heck. There’s way too much nastiness and vilification in our country.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 19 2017 10:54 am

      What wonderful gestures, Louise. I wish more people would follow your example. How honourable!

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  14. stephanie / Feb 22 2017 8:07 am

    What a wonderful post! Thanks for sharing😊

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  15. Jack & Barbra Donachy / Feb 25 2017 11:39 am

    Just a terrific, wonderful story…

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 25 2017 1:13 pm

      It sure is. And we could do with more of the same.

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  16. macalder02 / Feb 26 2017 2:30 am

    A story to make us think that the mind is too light to judge and that we have the opportunity to open our hearts to do good. As always, always one step ahead with your writings. Excellent writer.

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 26 2017 10:33 am

      Thanks so much. I appreciate you stopping by and commenting.

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  17. eths / Feb 27 2017 1:11 pm

    Wonderful story!

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    • leggypeggy / Feb 27 2017 5:31 pm

      It sure is, and we hope to hear more like it.

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  18. philosophermouseofthehedge / Mar 2 2017 11:47 am

    We live in a very international city/area – has been that way for a long time. I guess I forget others are not lucky enough to do so and to grow up around all sorts of people. Smiles cross all language barriers. Always a good start.

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 2 2017 4:25 pm

      Smiles almost always break through language barriers. I try to take mine everywhere.

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  19. artandkitchen / Mar 18 2017 2:41 am

    Thanks Peggy! You really help people being open minded! That’s a great reblogg! HUGS!

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    • leggypeggy / Mar 18 2017 2:11 pm

      Thanks, Adriana. It was such an uplifting post, I couldn’t resist re-blogging it.

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  20. Nusrath Sariffo'deen / May 19 2017 3:37 am

    Thanks for sharing! I reblogged this!

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    • leggypeggy / May 19 2017 6:29 am

      Thanks so very much. It’s a message that needs to go far and wide.

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      • Nusrath Sariffo'deen / May 19 2017 9:15 am

        Very very true!

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