Holding my trusty bike, I waited on the platform while six or seven passengers left my homeward-bound train. The first among them dropped a plastic wallet; I expected one of those following to retrieve and return it to her.
No-one did, so that left me.
I duly picked it up; it contained her tickets and Oyster card.
There was a railwayman close by who had not seen the incident. I gave him the wallet; he thanked me and went after the woman.
‘She’s the lady in the blue headdress’, I told him as I boarded my train.
Other passengers must have seen her drop the wallet; some walked around it. Were they just self-absorbed, or were they unwilling or afraid to approach a Muslim woman?
If we want peace, we must live peaceful lives. That does not mean ‘minding our own business’; rather it means treating everyone as a neighbour.
A few days later, on another part of the network:
(Tweeted by NAIB2, 21.6.2016)
Which of these three, in thy opinion, was neighbour to him that fell among the robbers?
But he said: He that shewed mercy to him. And Jesus said to him: Go, and do thou in like manner.