Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Better Man Than I Am, Gunga Din

A man in a ski mask and swinging a baseball bat tried to rob a convenience store near us this week.  But the owner had a rifle, and was prepared to stop him.

The robber collapsed into tears, and said he was turning to crime in order to feed his family.  So the owner put down his rifle and gave the guy $40.  Then he talked to the robber about his religion, effected an on-the-spot conversion, and sent him on his way.

This being the 21st century, the owner was a Muslim, who came here from Pakistan 20 years ago.  The robber -- who has now formally professed Islam -- cannot be identified, because of his mask.

It's a touching story, and a reminder of how converts are supposed to be made. 

3 comments:

mark said...

Right. Effecting an on-the-spot conversion with the gifts of money and bread backed up by a leveled shotgun. Works every time. :))

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVusb_ew-G4&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nowpublic.com%2Fstrange%2Fstore-owner-gives-repentant-thief-40-and-loaf-bread&feature=player_embedded

See you at the mosque, Nawaz Sharif Zardari.

Father said...

I guess you've never attended my new members' class. It's very effective, at least for five minutes.

Diane said...

good story. :)