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Friday, December 04, 2009

Muslim storeowner in New York helps man steer away from life of crime

New York (CNN) -- Six months ago, a Long Island convenience store owner turned a would-be robbery into an act of compassion. On Wednesday, the shoplifter made amends with a $50 bill and a thank you letter for saving him from a life of crime.

The story began in May 2009, when Mohammad Sohail of Shirley, New York, was closing his Shirley Express convenience store one night. Security camera footage from that evening shows a man wielding a baseball bat barging into the store and demanding money.

Sohail had a rifle ready and quickly aimed it directly in the robber's face, forcing the man to drop the bat and lay on the ground. Unbeknownst to the man, Sohail never loads his gun.

According to Sohail, the man immediately started to plead with him, tearfully saying, "I'm sorry, I have no food. I have no money. My whole family is hungry. Don't call the police. Don't shoot me."


Sohail made the man pledge never to rob anybody ever again, then gave the man $40 and a loaf bread. Sohail, who is from Pakistan, said the man then wanted to be a Muslim like him, so he recited an Islamic oath and gave the would-be robber the name Nawaz Sharif Zardari.


The Shirley Express store has received numerous letters of admiration.

"No person has ever moved my spirit the way you did. From your biggest admirer," one letter says. "Great men are capable of great acts. You are a great American," another reads.

He has also received several checks with such messages for "a couple hundred dollars" in total, says Sohail. He has made a point to give this money "to the people" by offering free bagels, rolls and coffee in his store every night after 9 o'clock.

But the envelope that arrived on Wednesday came as a surprise. Postmarked November 11 without a return address, it enclosed a $50 bill and a note apparently from the would-be robber.

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  • At 8:59 AM, Anonymous Baseball Bats said…

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  • At 3:51 AM, Blogger Scott said…

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  • At 6:33 AM, Anonymous Scott said…

    I've been reading your blog for several months now and really enjoy it. Keep up the good work.

    On my way into work this morning I herd a news story on the local NPR station I thought you might like. The link and text are blow.


    N. Va. Muslims Use Turkey To Reach Out To Community

    December 07, 2009 - By David Schultz

    A group of Muslims are praying in a long hallway outside of the kitchen at Hutchinson Elementary School in Herndon. But instead of prayer mats, they're using plastic aprons.

    After they're done, the Muslims - many of them immigrants - pick up the aprons and put them on. It's time to serve the turkey.

    They chose turkey because it fits with the holiday season, and because eating turkey this time of year is an American tradition.

  • At 6:35 AM, Blogger Samana Siddiqui said…

    Thank you Baseball Bats and Scott.

    Baseball Bats: I don't write these entries. I find them online through Google Alerts and other sources. Some readers also forward me relevant articles. I just post snippets of them along with the link.

    Scott: Thank you for sending me the link to this great article. I will be posting it today.


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