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CNN: ‘Merciful’ Muslim Converts A Robber

From those relentless champions of the faith at CNN:

Merciful storekeeper changes robber’s mind, religion

   Story Highlights 

    * Long Island storekeeper Mohammad Sohail faces man wielding baseball bat
    * Sohail grabs shotgun; stunned man begins to cry, says he has no food at home
    * Man’s story tugs at Sohail’s heartstrings, and he offers man money, bread, milk
    * After act of compassion, man says he wants to become a Muslim like Sohail

From Kiran Khalid

June 2, 2009

NEW YORK (CNN) — A potential victim became a compassionate counselor during a recent robbery attempt, changing the would-be criminal’s mind — and apparently his religion.

Storekeeper Mohammad Sohail was closing up his Long Island convenience store just after midnight on May 21 when — as shown on the store’s surveillance video — a man came in wielding a baseball bat and demanding money.

"He said, ‘Hurry up and give me the money, give me the money!’ and I said, ‘Hold on’," Sohail recalled in a phone interview with CNN on Tuesday, after the store video and his story was carried on local TV.

Sohail said he reached under the counter, grabbed his shotgun and told the robber to drop the bat and get down on his knees.

"He’s crying like a baby," Sohail said. "He says, ‘Don’t call police, don’t shoot me, I have no money, I have no food in my house.’ "

Amidst the man’s apologies and pleas, Sohail said he felt a surge of compassion.

He made the man promise never to rob anyone again and when he agreed, Sohail gave him $40 and a loaf of bread.

"When he gets $40, he’s very impressed, he says, ‘I want to be a Muslim just like you,’ " Sohail said, adding he had the would-be criminal recite an Islamic oath.

"I said ‘Congratulations. You are now a Muslim and your name is Nawaz Sharif Zardari.’"

When asked why he chose the hybrid of two Pakistani presidents’ names, the Pakistani immigrant laughed and said he had been watching a South Asian news channel moments before the confrontation.

Sohail said the man fled the store when he turned away to get the man some free milk.

He said police might still be looking for the suspect but he doesn’t intend to press charges.

"The guy, you know, everybody has a hard time right now, it’s too bad for everybody right now in this economy," said the storekeeper.

What a textbook example of our media’s double standard.

When was the last time you saw a heartwarming story about a Christian pulling a shotgun on a criminal?

And when was the last time you heard about an infidel being converted to Christianity – at gun point – described in such loving terms?

Wouldn’t our watchdog media more typically describe such a thing as a ‘hate crime’ rather than a modern day parable?

Not to mention that our hero is wielding a gun – probably even an illegal one. This is New York state, after all.

We also like how the perpetrator’s plight is all the fault of the economy. Rather than, say, sitting around watching the South Asian news on TV.

Which, by the way, probably requires a cable TV subscription.

(Thanks to Eagle334th for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

21 Responses to “CNN: ‘Merciful’ Muslim Converts A Robber”

  1. proreason says:

    Wouldn’t cartoons be cheaper to produce?

  2. EvaTheFrisbeeDog says:

    Christian converts repent for their sins; Muslim converts go on shooting sprees randomly killing innocent motorists in the DC area, fragging their NCOs in battle zones, gunning down unarmed military recruiters, or intimidating voters at the polls. Which is truly the religion of peace? Turn the other cheek or cut his throat?

    • proreason says:

      We may be on the brink of a tsunami of Christian to Muslim conversions, now that CNN has shown us the overwhelming goodness of the religion of peace.

      I predict something between zero and zero conversions.

  3. curvyred says:

    Um, my bullship detector is ringing loud and clear on this one – will they ever “catch” the would-be robber, things that make me go hmmmmmmmm.

    • Eagle334th says:

      Same here, Curvyred. How did the robber know the store owner was a Muslim, anyways? The timing of it all is just too perfect…

  4. Confucius says:

    So let me get this straight.

    A thief brings a bat to a gunfight > surrenders and cries like a baby > takes a handout, turns and runs like a coward > converts to Islam.

    Sounds about right.

  5. catie says:

    Hmmh, a few months ago there was a lady in front of my crying because she didn’t have enough money for the formula, baby food and diapers and was short by about $17. Well, I was flush with the AMEX Hilton Rewards card and decided to pick up the rest of her bill. She thanked me but maybe I will call CNN and see if they want to come out and do a story on me. Incidentally this gal had on the hajib and twins in the cart. I bet CNN can’t wait to interview the Christian who paid the Muslim’s tab. My mother said I’m a sucker but I am always a sucker for babies.

  6. Reality Bytes says:

    OK. That’s one. Does that make us even?

  7. Odie44 says:

    Not to mention that our hero is wielding a gun – probably even an illegal one. This is New York state, after all.

    SG –

    Just a useless FYI – While NYS has stringent pistol laws, rifle laws are pretty lax, which is most likely why he had one and not a pistol.

  8. AConcernedCitizen says:

    If someone is standing over me with a gun and I’m empy-handed, I’ll tell him whatever he wants to hear.

  9. Icarus says:

    This is staged B.S;none-the-less it will serve as a powrful propganada…to serve you know who??????
    Thanks to CNN for this production.. I mean coverage.
    Wonder who alerted them to this touching fabrication?

    In the end if it were real; it IS in conformity with Islams edict… Convert with the Sword.

  10. MinnesotaRush says:

    So now they’re convertin’ ’em BEFORE they get to prison, huh (?).


    • Liberals Demise says:

      Nothing like a 7 – 11 conversion………….

      “You want slurpee with that?”

  11. beautyofreason says:

    This story is about as much BS as when Obama said “The United States is one of the largest Muslim countries in the world” before the start of his Arab apology tour. Can the libs please stop preaching on behalf of Islam and bashing Christianity – ever? You think they’d get a clue that Shariah law would imprison them, too.

    In most Islamic countries they would just chop his hand off. Guess the media doesn’t want to mention those aspects of the “religion of peace.”

  12. Moonspinner says:

    I am sure Obama will invite this store owner to the White House and tell America this is the example we should all follow. Give our food to robbers, and convert them to Islam. Yes, Obama the great one, we will do as you say. Yes we can. BARF

  13. bousquem says:

    A couple of years ago my parent’s house was having the siding replaced. The delivery driver for the truck with the siding was talking with the work crew and my father. The driver was apparently going to lose his job if he couldn’t find his own transport to work and he was a single father. My father had an old ’84 Yamaha motorcycle in the garage that was gathering dust after my dad had to stop working and his lack of hand strength prevented him from riding it (disability from a combination of heart attack and the after effects of Guillain-Barré syndrome. He had worked for 14 years after getting it and being in the ICU for 9 months). From what my father could gather, the poor man was from a dirt poor sharecropping family down south and basically no one white had ever been nice to his family. My father just told the guy to take the bike, it was just gathering dust and if it could help the guy keep his job and put food on the table then my father was all for it, it was as my father put “the good christian thing to do.” The driver just started crying as no one had been so nice or generous to him. We actually get a christmas card from him every year thanking my father for being so nice.

  14. canary says:

    Well, I think the robber was muslim. That Oakdale (sp?) story where the extremist muslim gangsters rob the stores of muslims that sell beer and cigeretts. So, the owner, gave him the money and bread, because he really didn’t want to shoot him, or the robber’s extremist muslims friends would come back and kill him, for killing the extremist muslim who is better than the store muslim. Just half joking.

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