Woman ‘insults’ Muslim plane passenger, later regrets and forms a friendship
In a Facebook status that is now going viral, Muslim woman named Jiva Akbor said she was texting friends while waiting for her flight from Glasgow to Malaga to take off.
An Islamic group she is part of, Quran Revolution, messaged her saying that their car had been broken into and completely ransacked.
Jiva sent them a message of support: ‘HasbiAllahu la ilaaha illaahu alayhi tawakaltu, means “May Allah make the day easy for you all!”’
A woman sitting next to Jiva was staring at the cellphone and immediately asked if she could get out, and soon returned flanked by two air hostesses.
Jiva wrote in her post: ‘I looked at her face and she was in sheer panic, clearly flustered and didn’t get into the seat immediately.’
‘Then I heard one of the air hostesses say, “You can take your seat ma’am,” to her. But she stood there, with a look of fright on her face. I was confused. For a split second I thought she had some health issue or something and was about to have a panic attack,” detailed Jiva.
‘At that moment she looked at me and said, “I saw you write a text message and you wrote Allah on it”.’
Despite being in shock, Jiva calmly explained that Allah just means ‘God’ in Arabic. The air hostesses, meanwhile, told the woman that she could leave the flight if she felt uncomfortable.
The woman chose not to leave the flight, but still looked flustered. Jiva told her she was comforting her colleagues who had suffered an incident, and that she was ‘just a regular Muslim girl travelling’.
‘Before too long I could see remorse in her tone, I think she was shocked at her own reaction and the realisation of what she had thought of me was setting in,” she said.
Exchange of pleasantries
Jiva further wrote: “When I ordered a bottle of water she paid for it. And then perhaps one of the most sweetest moments ever- she pulled out a small bottle of perfume which she told me was her favourite one and particularly this bottle because it has a star on the lid. And stars are special to her they inspire her and so she wanted me to have it.”
She added: “We hugged, exchanged numbers and will definitely keep in touch. I know not all similar situations are as peachy and ‘happily ever after’ for many, many Muslims in the world right now. But I have all the love in the world for Beverley and pray we can only basque in the beautiful moments shared today.
Much love to her son and adorable mum too, who were oblivious to what had happened today, but were simply the sweetest.”