Given what has been happening all over the world, many people have the misconception that “Muslim = terrorist” or “most terrorists are Muslims.” This kind of notion is dangerous, irrational, and, worst of all, bigoted.
In fact, according to statistics, those who make up the majority of terrorists in the United States and Europe are non-Muslims. The fallacy that presumes a Muslim is a terrorist should be eliminated as it promotes division and bigotry.
Facebook user Yan Mercado shared an encounter with a Muslim Grab driver. In his post, he admitted he was afraid to ride the Grab cab due to his ignorance, and even went so far as to inform a friend about the so-called “danger” he was at risk of experiencing.
During the ride, Yan engaged the Muslim driver in some small talk. Yan admitted that he was on the lookout in case the driver sprayed something as part of a suspected modus.
Once they arrived at La Salle, Yan saw the driver’s dismay upon being notified that his next passenger cancelled the trip. Yan narrated:
“Nung nasa La Salle Taft na kami huminto siya, nagulat ako akala ko kung ano na, yun pala may nag-book na isa dahil nga GrabShare naman, pero agad agad ay kinancel yung booking at nakita ko sa reaksyon ni kuya na nalungkot siya, siguro maaaring dahil sa nakita ang Pangalan ng driver o marahil ay may nakita na better option.”
“Hanggang sa maikuwento niya sa akin na palaging nangyayari sa kanya yung ganun, madalas kahit malayo pupuntahan daw niya ang nagbook at pag malapit na siya icacancel na, sayang yung oras, sayang yung gas sabi niya pero never daw siyang nag-file ng report against customers.”
At this point, Yan said he felt guilty about harshly and hastily judging the driver just because he had a Muslim-sounding name. Despite Yan’s negative thoughts, the driver still showed him kindness.
Out of guilt, Yan said:
“Ang dami kong inisip na masama tungkol sa kanya pero puro kabaitan ang ipinakita niya, grabe sobrang sama ng pumasok sa utak ko, hindi ko pa man siya nakikilala tinanggalan ko na agad siya ng karangalan dahil lang sa pangalan na meron siya.”
Yan advised the readers of his post not to be like him. He said we should not be judgmental and be more understanding and kind to one another.
After safely being taken to his destination, Yan messaged the driver and asked for his permission to post the screenshot of his Grab profile. Yan also found out, during their message exchange, that the Muslim driver frequently experiences this form of bigotry.
Yan ended with:
“Sana lahat tayo ay maunawaan na hindi ang pangalan, kasarian o relihiyon ang basehan ng pagiging mabuting tao kundi kung ano ang nasasa puso nito. Salamat kuya Abdul Samad Barodi Daurong!”
Hopefully, this story helps eliminate bigotry and promotes love and understanding among people of all races and creeds.
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