A bus driver has had his faith in people restored after witnessing a rider wearing plastic bags instead of shoes given a surprising gift this holiday weekend — a stranger’s own shoes and socks.
The “soul-touching” interaction Saturday on the No. 341 route, according to Surjit Singh Virk, a Coast Mountain Bus Co. driver of 16 years who was off-duty at the time while returning from Surrey B.C.’s Vaisakhi parade.
“It made my heart melt,” he told QMI Agency. “He just took his shoes and socks off and said, ‘You can take these, don’t worry about me — I live close by and can walk.’
"People usually don’t care or even look at other people on the bus, they didn’t even want to sit beside this guy because of how he was dressed.”
Reached by phone, the giver of the shoes asked QMI Agency not to identify him because in his Islamic faith, charitable acts should be anonymous. He was also reluctant to have his photograph published.
“I felt bad for the guy,” the 27-year-old Surrey resident said. “He was wearing plastic hairnets on his feet. I was only about a two-minute walk from home, so I thought I could give him my shoes.”
The Good Samaritan was coming from a nearby B.C. Muslim Association mosque and association spokesman Mufti Aasim Rashid said the act would qualify as sadaqa, a general act of charity.
“Whenever we do a good deed, even if it’s to help someone out, the Islamic teachings maintain this should remain only for the pleasure of God,” he said. “It’s nice to see people practicing the teachings … it looks like he’s really benefited.”
Singh Virk said the recipient was “shocked” by the gift and afterwards remarked, “What a nice guy… Did that really happen?”
Al-Hasan Al-Basri (rahimahullaah) said:
”When a man used to seek knowledge, it did not take long before (the effect) was seen in his eyesight; in his fear of Allah; on his tongue; on his hands; in his prayer and his abstinence from the lawful but unnecessary worldly things.”
[Reported by Imam Daarimi 385]
— Imām Ibn al-Qayyim.
[Shoutout to all my fellow over thinkers. Stop. 🙉]
It is such a immense blessing to wake up everyday with our eyesight, speech, legs, arms and so forth to still be fully functioning.
Nahī ʿan al-munkar (forbidding what is wrong) is strongly attached to īmān; your level of īmān will determine your ability (or lack thereof) to forbid evil – even if it is a simple disapproval of something in your heart.
In a Ḥadīth, “Whosoever of you sees an evil, let him change it with his…
"Know that a man floating on a piece of wood in the sea is not in more need of God and his kindness than a person in his home, sitting between his family and property. When this meaning becomes ingrained in your heart, then rely on God like a drowning man who knows not any other means to salvation but God."
~ Ibn Qudama al-Maqdisi
This fairy-tale treehouse in Hokuto, Japan is supported by a single cypress trunk and surrounded by a bevy of cherry blossom trees. Built by architect Terunobu Fujimori for the Kiyoharu Shirakaba Museum, the charming treehouse is actually a Japanese teahouse that was built specifically for enjoying the cherry blossoms in full bloom.
Then I swear by the setting of the stars,
And indeed, it is an oath - if you could know - [most] great.
— Qur’an, al-Waqi’ah 56:75-76