Obviously we all know that three seconds on the internet is enough to make anyone want to dropkick their phone off of a tall building. There’s a lot of bad news out there, and the web really has a habit of making it seem even worse than it actually is.
Luckily, a story occasionally pops that’s so chock full of good vibes that it reminds you how the world is ostensibly kind and people are, for the most part, pretty good to one another. It also saves you from destroying your phone.
For example, we recently read a story on Ilmfeed written by one Shehroze Khan, in which he recounts how his lost wallet was ultimately returned to him by a good Samaritan.
So gather round, cease those infernal distractions, set that phone to silent, switch off the telly and discover how this slice of life unfolds. OK. Cool.
Khan was recently set to play squash when he realised he’d left his non-marking shoes at home. If you’ve ever played squash, you’ll know that gym staff take unusually zealous pride in ensuring small black marks don’t appear on their courts, and they therefore demand players wear trainers with gum soles.
Khan knew this. And he didn’t want to risk being booted out of the leisure centre. So he took a chance on a local Sports Direct. Despite being open for 4 more minutes, the budget chain lived up to its malevolent reputation by refusing to serve Khan before the 7pm closing time.
Dejected, Khan ended up playing squash barefoot, an act made all the more difficult by the fact he was fasting for Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram that’s widely observed by Shia Muslims around the world.
When he got home, he made a decision to not let the incident bother him. After all, there are bigger issues out there:
“I go home, in my spiritual mindset, not letting the annoyance of the previous incident affect me – I’m fasting, I’m lucky to own shoes, I’m not going to let some non-marked shoes ruin my mood!”
Then this happens:
“On the way home, I get off the bus and realise just a minute later – I DON’T HAVE MY WALLET!”
Khan had left his wallet on the bus, the same wallet that held his Oyster Card, Young Persons and a bunch of other essentials that almost cause you to faint when you don’t feel them in your pocket.
At Friday prayers the next day, he felt his phone vibrating in his pocket, the not-so-silent silent mode causing the rest of the worshippers in the mosque to fix him with a disapproving stare. Embarrassed, he shut it off, then focused on the importance of the moment at hand.
After the service was over, he called the number back. The man who answered, David, says a colleague found the wallet on his street next to a tree that had been felled by a recent storm. He gave it to David after noticing he lived near the address written on Khan’s ID.
Khan drove to Golders Green to retrieve the wallet. After telling David his wallet-losing tale he explained how he had been fasting for Ashura at the time. David, who is Jewish, revealed he had also been fasting to observe Yom Kippur, a holy day that is rooted in the same origins as Ashura.
We like to think these kinds of stories are commonplace, we just don’t hear about them because they happen everyday. But when we do, it really makes for a nice change on our news feed. Or as Khan says…
“It reminds you that the world can be dark and gloomy, but sometimes, just sometimes, it really is a beautiful place, where a Muslim and a Jew from different sides of London who happen to be fasting for the same reason, can be connected by a fallen tree and a lost wallet.”