A man in Georgia took to Facebook to praise the unknown person at a local Olive Garden who paid for his party of 12, who are all Muslim.
In a Facebook post on Christmas Day, Eslam S. Mohamed wrote that there was no doubt that other people in the Augusta, Georgia, restaurant were aware that the seven adults and five children present were Muslims, both because of the language that was being spoken and the fact that the women at the table were wearing hijabs, Raw Story reports.
When Mohamed asked a waitress for the check, she came over to the table with a receipt that read "Paid - Merry Christmas - Beautiful Family."
Mohamed praised the generous stranger in his Facebook post, noting that the episode shows how there is "still hope" in the midst of tensions and hate speech around the country and that there is "still light in the dark."
Mohamed's Facebook post reads:
"Yesterday i went to Olive Garden restaurant to have dinner with nice families. We were a group of 7 adults and 5 children. Everyone in the restaurant was knowing that we were Arabs Muslims on the table coz of the language and the ladies were having scarves over their head ( Hijab ). After finishing we asked for the receipts and the waitress came to us with that receipt in the picture.
"Yes, someone paid for us and wrote those wonderful words on the receipt. I can't express how this act touched our hearts. Among all the bad things happening to Muslims and the hate speech that the presidential candidate had made lately , there is still light in the dark, there is still hope within the frustration. All what i can say to who did that, Merry Christmas to you too and God bless such a beautiful heart you have."