A blindfolded Muslim man spent hours giving “free hugs” in Manchester in the wake of a deadly terrorist attack that targeted the city, killing 22 people.
Following the attack which occurred at an Ariana Grande concert and was claimed by ISIS, Baktash Noori decided to show his kindness to strangers in Britain to show that he and millions of other Muslims were condemning the attack.
He has been spending the last few days standing alone on Market Street, holding a sign that read “I’m Muslim and I trust you. Do you trust me enough for a hug?”
Mancunians welcomed his act of kindness, and hugged him to show that the attack has not divided them.
“The first 30 seconds were nerve racking, but once I got that first hug with a lovely comment from that gentleman in my video, it made me feel a whole lot better,” he told Manchester Evening News.
Noori filmed his experience while waiting for passerby and posted the video on Youtube under the name “Life of Bako”.
“I did not expect so many people to come and hug me, let alone give me such positive comments, but it was the best thing I've ever done,” he added.
Noori’s video was posted as to combat anti-Muslim sentiments.