(December 9, 2015) – A soldier in the United Kingdom wrote a very powerful Facebook post about Islamophobia because he says he was frustrated with people expecting him to be racist
Chris Herbert lost his leg while serving in the British Army. He says in his Facebook post, “Yes. A Muslim man blew me up, and I lost my leg.”
But then Herbert goes on to cite examples of kindness exemplified by Muslims after the incident.
“A Muslim man also lost his arm that day wearing a British Uniform.
A Muslim medic was in the helicopter that took me from the field
A Muslim surgeon performed the surgery that saved my life
A Muslim Nurse was part of the team that helped me when I returned to the UK
A Muslim Healthcare Assistant was part of the team that sorted out my day to day needs in rehabilitation when I was learning to walk
A Muslim taxi driver gave me a free ride the first time I went for a beer with my Dad after I came home.
A Muslim doctor offered my Dad comfort and advice in a pub, when he didnt know how to deal with my medicines and side effects.”
In contrast, he says plenty of British people have been rude to him during his recovery.
Ultimately, his message is simple: “Get a grip of your lives, hug your family and get back to work.”
His post has already gotten over 91,100 shares since it was posted yesterday.
Warning: Some people may find the language in the Facebook post graphic.
Additionally, Herbet is an ambassador for Toe in the Water, a competitive sailing team with the purpose of inspiring injured servicemen and women. He spoke at Kensington Palace back in November.
— Kensington Palace (@KensingtonRoyal) November 11, 2015