Muslim storekeeper changes robber's mind and religion

Category: Americas, Life & Society Topics: Converts Views: 7238

Surveillance video shows storekeeper Mohammad Sohail holding a robber at bay with a shotgun. 

NEW YORK -- A potential victim became a compassionate counselor during a recent robbery attempt, changing the would-be criminal's mind -- and apparently his religion.

Storekeeper Mohammad Sohail was closing up his Long Island convenience store just after midnight on May 21 when -- as shown on the store's surveillance video -- a man came in wielding a baseball bat and demanding money.

"He said, 'Hurry up and give me the money, give me the money!' and I said, 'Hold on'," Sohail recalled in a phone interview with CNN on Tuesday, after the store video and his story was carried on local TV.

Sohail said he reached under the counter, grabbed his gun and told the robber to drop the bat and get down on his knees.

"He's crying like a baby," Sohail said. "He says, 'Don't call police, don't shoot me, I have no money, I have no food in my house.' "

Amidst the man's apologies and pleas, Sohail said he felt a surge of compassion.

He made the man promise never to rob anyone again and when he agreed, Sohail gave him $40 and a loaf of bread.

"When he gets $40, he's very impressed, he says, 'I want to be a Muslim just like you,' " Sohail said, adding he had the would-be criminal recite an Islamic oath.

"I said 'Congratulations. You are now a Muslim and your name is Nawaz Sharif Zardari.'"

When asked why he chose the hybrid of two Pakistani presidents' names, the Pakistani immigrant laughed and said he had been watching a South Asian news channel moments before the confrontation.

Sohail said the man fled the store when he turned away to get the man some free milk.

He said police might still be looking for the suspect but he doesn't intend to press charges.

"The guy, you know, everybody has a hard time right now, it's too bad for everybody right now in this economy," said the storekeeper.

Source: CNN

  Category: Americas, Life & Society
  Topics: Converts
Views: 7238

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this very impresed ,oh,Allah's true believer,the news in taiwan also broudcast this ,may Alah gives you done a great job~!maybe that man c'not helped axactly, but his childrent certainly we hoped.

Masha allah, that is how muslims are wonderful. I am so glad that i am a muslim. Everyone who is muslim must be like that man, kind, respect and lesten and all of us Allah will help us.

this is the story of a Mumin- a believer! we must find ways to relate in these hard times. that store owner had every right to blow that dude's head off. but instead he shared some compasion, mashallah! Allahu Akbar!!!

May Allah forever protect our brother Mohammad Sohail. Many millions of African Muslims were kidnapped and brought to America beginning around 1556 AD. We were forced into accepting Christianity and other polytheistic ways of life. Allah is calling all of us back to the true practice of righteousness and we need the assistance of compassionate brothers like this great brother and like our Senegalese Mouride brothers. We are eternally grateful for our brotherbidden to

There are two comments i wish to make.First Sohail did manage to protect himself with a gun which makes a difference.If he has no gun it would make a difference in the attitude of the store breaker. However the second comment is Sohail did indeed should compassion and empathy when ordinarily a person in his place would just ignore the pleas.And Sohail was rewarded for his strentghs and values. Congratulations for turning an enemy to a new found Muslim. One lesson to be learnt here is the ability to forgive and trust others. Another to be able to size up the situation fast and take actions. Anti social acts do have the underlying causes which one may not understand at first glance. One has to see beyond the tip of the iceberg.-Rohaty

The said store keeper Mohammad Sohail looks like a Jew able to balance Justice and Mercy in the manner that is proper and fitting according to the state of the soul that changes with time and situation. As his God IS, so is the Jew: judging according to the last state of the soul rather than the first deeds it did in ignorance and blindness.
As regards naming the would be criminal with "Nawaz Sharif Zardari", I think it is very sensible. Nawaz Sharif was ousted on charges of theft of state properties and went to exile. "Zardari" may have been applied to mean he did not hide the causes of his behavior and brought back honor and security for his soul with true confession. Anyways, the store keeper is sensible and just and no creed might venture to possess his soul. He belongs to God.

Inshallah this would be criminal will now pratice a new and true way of life, also show to others who are misunderstood by Islam to see that we are not at all bad people.
Jazakuallah Kharun br.Muhammad Sohail. As salam alaikum.


may Allah protects you brother Sohail. you did what a TRUE moslem should do. you stood against oppression and you shown compassion in the right time. May Allah accepts from you and accepts the new brother to Islam.

Alhamdulillah, stories like this, prove that TRUE moslems are not affected with all the hate and the warmongering propaganda against Islam.

it is about practice my brothers! it is about practice my brothers! it is about practice my brothers! our practice to the TRUTH remaining from the almighty, is what makes satanic plans fail against us. if we do like the disbelievers, the satan wouldn't bother to fight us (with his slaves) anymore...

May Allah protects you brother Sohail and may Allah accepts the new brother to Islam... I wish he finds him a new job and do good in his life. insha Allah.


May Allah protect and bless brother Mohammad Sohail. May Allah guide us all

Mohammad Sohail is to be commended for his courage, generosity and compassion. He did not give in to the threats of the would-be criminal, then when he had over powered him he was generous and compassionate to him. This is an excellent example of compassion and generosity. I hope the would-have-been criminal's life has changed for the better. I am pretty sure; he would remember this encounter throughout his life and be grateful to Sohail.
Mohammad Syed