Every so often a story crops up in your news feed that restores your faith in humanity. This is one such story.
A Muslim woman, flying from Scotland to Spain, struck up an unlikely friendship with a fellow passenger who, at first, was too frightened to even sit next to her.
Jiva Akbor had taken her seat and was sending some last minute text messages when the woman seated next to her got up suddenly and left, only to return with two air hostesses.
“She stood there, with a look of fright on her face. I was confused. For a split second I though she had some health issue or something and about to have a panic attack,” Jiva wrote in a Facebook post.
“At that moment she looked at me and said, ‘I saw you write a text message and you wrote Allah on it’.
“She was literally shaking, breathing heavy and had gone flush in the face.”
The air hostesses, who she described as “wonderful”, encouraged the woman to return to her seat as Jiva calmly explained that ‘Allah’ is simply the Arabic word for God.
“I quickly filled her in and told her that ‘I’m just a regular Muslim girl travelling, on my way to tour Spain, I was born and bred in Greater Manchester, England and she has nothing to worry about being sat next to me’.”
After around 15 minutes of conversation Beverly finally began to calm down.