Blindfolded Muslim student asks for hugs, trust at Auburn

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AUBURN, Ala. – “I am Muslim and I trust you. Do you trust me enough to hug me?”

A simple message on a poster accompanied a blindfold on the face of Muslim student Basim Ismail. Tuesday, he stood outside Auburn University’s Student Center with his arms out, simply requesting friendly strangers in these troubling times.

“I expected not that many hugs so I was surprised,” Ismail said after the experiment. “That was a lot of hugs… I appreciated all of them.”

The “BlindTrust” experiment performed by Ismail was part of a project led by the Auburn University Muslim Student Association, according to our news partners¬†

It is a conversation-starter that was reassuring for Ismail, who stood there for 90 minutes. More than half of the passers-by stopped to hug Ismail, reminding the campus, and Ismail, that the campus supports and embraces diversity.

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