A Muslim man was touched after a stranger paid for a dinner tab and wished them “Merry Christmas,” he wrote in a now-viral Facebook post.
Eslam S. Mohamed said there was little doubt that the seven adults and five children who belonged to his family and ate at an Olive Garden restaurant in Augusta, Georgia, were Muslims due to the language they spoke and women wearing hijabs.
“Yesterday I went to Olive Garden restaurant to have dinner with nice families. We were a group of 7 adults and 5 children,” he wrote in the post.”Everyone in the restaurant was knowing that we were Arabs Muslims on the table coz of the language and the ladies were having scarves over their head ( Hijab ). After finishing we asked for the receipts and the waitress came to us with that receipt in the picture.”
The post had the photo of his receipt with the writing: “Paid – Merry Christmas — Beautiful family.”
“Yes, someone paid for us and wrote those wonderful words on the receipt. I can’t express how this act touched our hearts,” Mohamed wrote. “Among all the bad things happening to Muslims and the hate speech that the presidential candidate had made lately , there is still light in the dark, there is still hope within the frustration.”
He added, “All what I can say to who did that, Merry Christmas to you too.”
The “hate speech” Mohamed mentioned was likely referring to words said by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, who recently proposed a ban on all Muslims from entering the United States until security measures can be implemented. He made the comments in the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, Calif., that left 14 people dead.
On social media, people had mixed opinions of Mohamed’s Facebook post, and some even claimed the whole thing was a “hoax,” but didn’t elaborate. Some criticized it for taking an overly political tone.