roil

It’s nights like this
When the sky is roiling
And the air trembles
With impatient anticipation
That I find the most peace of mind
The sky falls in tear drops
And the wind whispers
Before howling in frustration
Delays and cancellations
Where I long to be
And have been before
Is a night when the sky
Is on fire above
Yet I am not afraid
It’s nights like this
That remind me
I am whole
I am complete
Yet, alone
On a planet of billions
I am alone inside my mind
For I’ve yet to find a soul
Who watches the sky
With the same sparkle
In their eyes
It’s nights like this
That keep both my hope
And my doubts
Alive

Meet the muslim man who risked his life at a Paris kosher market to save seven Jews: Lassana Bathily

On Friday afternoon, as a string of terror attacks roiled France, 24-year-old Mali citizen Lassana Bathily was at work in the underground stockroom of a kosher market named Hyper Cacher near the Porte de Vincennes in eastern Paris. He heard gunman Amedy Coulibaly enter the store and open fire, killing four customers, it was later learned. Then, according to witnesses interviewed by the Associated Press, Lassana Bathily ushered more than a dozen customers downstairs. He then killed the lights and turned off the stockroom’s freezer.

“We were locked in there,” Lassana Bathily told French channel BFMTV, as the New York Times reported. “I told them to calm down, do not make any noise, or else if he hears that we’re there, he can come down and kill us.”

So the customers shivered inside the freezer for hours. “We’re very afraid, and we’re very cold,” one woman told a friend in a phone call that evening around 5 p.m., reported The Washington Post’s Griff Witte. “Tell the police to hurry.”

Bathily came up with a plan. He said they could get out through a fire escape to speak to police. According to Bathily, he asked others to come with him, but they declined, worried the gunman would hear them.

Bathily slipped out of the basement and walked out of the building to meet police, who initially thought he was perhaps an accomplice. They ordered him to lie down and put his hands behind his head.

Bathily spent the next 90 minutes in cuffs before he managed to convince authorities he was who he said he was. He told the cops he wasn’t alone. There were more than a dozen other hostages locked inside the store’s freezer. And what’s more, he said, he had something that could help French forces break into the kosher mart: a key to unlock the supermarket’s metal blinds. That key and information about the store’s layout he provided to police would prove invaluable, police officials told the Associated Press. They could barge through the market’s front door without putting the hostages in more danger, he told them.

And that’s exactly what the police did, soon killing the gunman.

Following the melee, praise for the Malian Muslim’s heroics came from all quarters. “They were saved thanks to the Muslim employee of the supermarket,” Albert Guigui, the chief rabbi of Brussels and a relative of one of the hostages, told the Sunday Times. “He pushed them towards the back of the shop and down the cellar. It’s thanks to him that they were saved.” One of Bathily’s former co-workers got the newly minted hero on the phone an hour after the hostage crisis ended, and was in awe of his friend. “The guy was so courageous,” Mohammed Amine, 33, told the Associated Press.

Bathily was more taciturn about what he did. When the hostages finally emerged from the basement, he told French media, they thanked him. “They congratulated me,” the New York Times quoted him saying. “They said, ‘Really, thanks for thinking of all these ideas.’ I said, ‘It’s nothing. It’s life.’ ”

Lassana Bathily. He’s a hero. 

(This happened in January but it did not get the recognition that this young brave man deserved. I included (and bolded) his name and added his picture, because he is important) A young muslim man, who risked his life for others, and especially those who the media convinces we are the sworn enemies of. 

Muslims doing incredible things, beyond the headlines.