The generous Muslim giver refused to be identified because Islam teaches that good deeds should be done only for the pleasure of Allah. Surjit Singh Virk was traveling home on a bus in Surrey, Canada when he witnessed the touching encounter between two strangers.
For a few minutes on a cold and rainy Saturday, two humans found each other.
A Muslim man gave his shoes and socks to a fellow bus passenger who was wearing plastic bags on his feet. The generous Muslim man then walked home barefoot.
Surjit Singh Virk was the witness of this pleasing happening.
“It was a very emotional thing for me to see.” Virk told The News.
The off-duty bus driver was heading home from a religious parade in his hometown of Surrey, in Canada. He took a city transit bus, route No. 341. It was a busy day, but for some reason everyone on the bus had crowded into the back.
There was just one person sitting in the front, a man in a black t-shirt who didn’t have a jacket to ward off the cold. Instead of shoes, he wore flimsy bags.
Virk saw the Muslim man climb on board and sit next to the lonely stranger. The man took off his socks and shoes and slid them quietly on the floor, as if he didn’t want anyone to see.
“At first, I was like, why is he taking his shoes off, is he going to pray?” Virk recalls thinking. “And then he said ‘Just take it, don’t worry about me, I live close by.’”
The recipient was shocked by the unexpected gift by bearded Muslim person.
“Did that really happen?” Virk remembers him asking after watching the Muslim man get off the bus.
The 27-year-old Muslim man was coming home from a British Columbia mosque; he refused to be identified because according to Islamic teachings, it is better to do a good deed in secret.