Muslim posing as homeless man in social experiment left stunned by response he receives
Cii Radio|Sabera Sheik Essop| 10 October 2016| 08 Muharram 1438
A MUSLIM blogger says he was “overwhelmed” by the response he received after posing as a homeless man dressed in religious dress in a new video.
The social experiment saw Hassan Saleemi sitting in Leicester Square, London holding a cardboard sign reading ‘I’m homeless’.
Many people walk past and ignore Mr Saleemi but a number stop to ask him if he is alright.
After 20 minutes a young man approached him and offered to buy Mr Saleemi food as a group of men stood next to him smoking. Others walked past and looked at the blogger but did not offer to help during the experiment which saw him sit on the street for an hour.
A young woman with her two friends approached the blogger, known as Hstar Vlogs on Youtube, and asked if he was ok.
One of the girls offered a £50 note.
Mr Saleemi said: “It was a feeling I couldn’t explain, the fact a stranger is helping a stranger.”
One of the girls said she made a silent prayer for Mr Saleemi before she was told of the social experiment.
Others are seen going over to the man and offering money.
The 20-year-old, whose family are from Pakistan, said: “My purpose for doing this experiment was not to receive money but to see if humanity still exists in this world.
“Religion or colour shouldn’t matter when it comes to these things. Help others who are in need. Your help could make someone’s day.
“I went out to do a homeless Muslim social experiment in London and the reaction I received was breathtaking.”
Speaking to media the University graduate said: “I was born and bred in London and I have never experienced some of the negativity you see and here about.
“As a Muslim I wanted to show that there are people out there who want to help and it doesn’t matter if you are homeless, Muslim or anything.
“When the three girl’s approached me and asked if I was OK and one of the girls offered me a £50 note it was a feeling I could not explain.
“To be honest I had to let them this was a social media experiment. After the kind gesture I just had to let them know.’
“I was only out for about an hour and in that time about 15 to 20 people acknowledged me or came up to me.”
Source : Express