Paris: Near mourning sight at Place de la Republique in Paris, an unknown man drew much attention of the mourners by blindfolding himself and putting out two signs reading “I’m a Muslim, but I’m told that I’m a terrorist” and “I trust you, do you trust me? If yes, hug me.”
The video, uploaded on YouTube on November 16, soon went viral on the Internet and other Social Media platforms. It has been viewed so far by more than 500,000 internet users, and has also been subscribed by over 18,500 people.
"I'm a Muslim, but I'm told that I'm a terrorist" and "I trust you, do you trust me? If yes, hug me," said the signs held up by the blindfolded man.
According to The Times of India, Parisians didn't let the man down. As a tearful crowd of mourners looked on, they approached the man, one by one, and embraced him, as a heartwarming YouTube video shows.
The beleaguered European city is fraught with tension following terror attacks last Friday by the Islamic State that killed 130 people.
After taking off his blindfold, the unnamed man thanked every one who gave him a hug. "I did this to send a message to everyone. I am a Muslim, but that doesn't make me a terrorist. I never killed anybody. I can even tell you that last Friday was my birthday, but I didn't go out," he said.
He further said that he feels deeply feel for all the victims' families.
"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.'
The video has also received more than 200 comments, many in support and some also against it.
"I have friends who are Muslims. One is an artist, another follows a pop star & another works at my local shop. None of them are terrorists, they are no different to you or me. Altho they are very different to many of the idiots in these comments because my Muslim friends would never behave so revoltingly and stereotype a whole religion based on the behaviour of homicidal thugs. Christians kill people too. Christians rape and abuse children. That doesn't mean all Christians are rapists or child abusers", read one comment.
"This video brought me to tears. Poor people those who have to deal with being called and being looked at as terrorists just because a group of mad and savage people are constantly killing others in the name of a religion", another comment read.
A Japenese wrote in her comments: "I'm from Japan. My religion is Shinto. It's state religion. But I have many Muslim friends. They run a NPO in Japan and save the poor children in their country. They are very kind and wonderful!! I respect them."