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There are good samaritans out there (or their islamic equivalent) [Jul. 23rd, 2004|11:45 pm]
Tonight, I was cycling back from a company social along Banbury road. All was good, I was merry but not too pissed, and looking forward to getting home to sleep. I was going at a fair pace - not too fast, not too slow, a reasonable speed to get me home.

Somewhere, roughly outside St Hughs College, I hit something. I was cycling quite fast, so I didn't get a chance to see what it was I hit. It didn't matter; one moment I was cycling along Banbury road, the next I was sliding along on my left hand side with my bike somewhere in front of me, in the cycle lane.

Before I had even finished sliding along, a blue van that was previously just behind me had pulled to a stop. Before I was staggering to me feet, three guys of arab origin had appeared from the blue van. By the time I was stood up, these three quite concerned men were around me, helping me up, and asking if they could help any further.

Quite before I knew what had happened, I had a bottle of mineral water in my hand (Valley Spring, as it now transpires). They were asking if I was ok, if I needed anything, if I wanted to call anyone, if I wanted more water etc. Quite amazing. Before I had finished moving, these guys were out of their van, trying to help a random cycling stranger.

After a minute or so, I managed to convince them I was OK. After much more convincing on my part, they eventually agreed to leave me. So, there I was, on Banbury road with my bike, a few grazes, a bottle of water, and the recipient of a random act of kindness.

As I slowly tried to co-erce the chain back onto my bike cogs, a taxi pulled up. The driver was lost, and looking for the route to Woodstock and the A44 (my route to work). I was only to happy to oblige him with directions, and he disappeared off into the night.

To those very nice arab(esque) men in the blue van who helped me out, many many thanks. It makes me wonder though - I almost certainly would've stopped had I seen it, but would I have been quite as helpful as they were? Truthfully, would I have been quite as friendly and helpful as they were?

In these days of frequent doubt of things and people of the middle east (be them islamic or not), it's pleasing to note just how many good souls there are out there amongst them.

Tomorrow, I really must get round to reading the pamphlet on Islam I picked up many moons ago. I'm not going to convert, but I feel the least I can do is learn more about them. (And yes I realise they might not have been religiously muslim, but there's a good change it was their cultural background)

From: hsenag
2004-07-23 11:47 pm (UTC)
How do you know they were Muslims, OOI? You might have had some explicit evidence, but from what you say above you seem to be assuming it from the fact that they seemed to be Arabs. I'd be rather offended if you typecast my religion based on my apparent ethnicity, whether it was for positive or negative reasons.
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From: gagravarr
2004-07-24 11:27 am (UTC)
You're right, I can't know for sure. I've tweaked the entry to make this clearer
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