Published On: Thu, Jul 21st, 2016

Woman ‘insults’ Muslim plane passenger, later regrets and forms a friendship


There have, sadly, been a lot of instances of Muslims being asked to leave flights because of complaints from other passengers – but one woman’s experience ended up a little differently.

In a Facebook status that is now going viral, Jiva Akbor said she was texting friends while waiting for her flight from Glasgow to Malaga to take off.

An Islamic group she is part of, Quran Revolution, messaged her saying that their car had been broken into and completely ransacked.

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Jiva sent them a message of support: ‘HasbiAllahu la ilaaha illaahu alayhi tawakaltu may Allah make the day easy for you all!’

A woman sitting next to Jiva asked if she could get out, and soon returned flanked by two air hostesses.

Woman ‘insults’ Muslim plane passenger, later regrets and forms a friendship

‘I looked at her face and she was in sheer panic, clearly flustered and didn’t get into the seat immediately,’ Jiva wrote.

‘Then I heard one of the air hostesses say, “You can take your seat ma’am,” to her. But she stood there, with a look of fright on her face. I was confused. For a split second I thought she had some health issue or something and was about to have a panic attack.

‘At that moment she looked at me and said, “I saw you write a text message and you wrote Allah on it”.’

Despite being in shock, Jiva calmly explained that Allah just means ‘God’ in Arabic. The air hostesses, meanwhile, told the woman that she could leave the flight if she felt uncomfortable.

Woman ‘insults’ Muslim plane passenger, later regrets and forms a friendship

The woman chose not to leave the flight, but still looked flustered. Jiva told her she was comforting her colleagues who had been burgled, and that she was ‘just a regular Muslim girl travelling’.

‘Before too long I could see remorse in her tone, I think she was shocked at her own reaction and the realisation of what she had thought of me was setting in. In her own words she said, “It’s so scary what the media can make us think” and “I just panicked”.’

Jiva and the woman, who is called Beverley, then ended up having a three-hour heart-to-heart for the rest of the flight.

Woman ‘insults’ Muslim plane passenger, later regrets and forms a friendship

‘Today I had one of the most interesting and most memorable flights of my life,’ Jiva wrote. ‘I made a friend called Beverley who made a mistake and acknowledged it.

‘I met a lady who is deep down inside a wonderful, wonderful human and showed me that the fear-mongering purposely and strategically carried out in this world by the powers-that-be today are very, very real and can make an ordinary person have the most shocking of reactions.

‘But if we’re blessed enough ALLAH can easily turn them into the most amazing of life’s moments.’

You can read Jiva’s Facebook status in full here:

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About the Author

Syed Ammar Alavi

- is Lahore (Pakistan) based journalist & writer with 25-year experience in print, wire and broadcast forms of journalism. His major fields of interest are politics, film,tv,sports, climate change and technology