A Blindfolded Muslim man in Stockholm asking for trust got hugs in return

Published: March 29, 2015
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A blindfolded Muslim man standing in the streets of Stockholm, with his arms stretched out, asking for people to trust him.

A blindfolded Muslim man standing in the streets of Stockholm, with his arms stretched out, asking for people to trust him.

“I am Muslim, not the same as a terrorist. Do you trust me? I trust you!” read a sign, placed in front of a bearded man standing in the streets of Stockholm.

The trust experiment, which was earlier conducted in Toronto and New York, was put to test this time by YouTube user STHLM Panda in Stockholm.

Read: Blindfolded Muslim in Canada asks people to ‘show trust with a hug’

In the uploaded on YouTube by STHLM Panda, shows a man standing in the streets of Stockholm, with his arms spread outward.

At first, the guy, who was identified as Ashkan, did not attract much attention.

A Blindfolded Muslim Man Stood With His Arms Out On The Streets Of Stockholm And Got 142 Hugs

Finally a woman, who was passing by, stops and looks at him for the fraction of a second before giving him a hug saying, “I trust you.”

A Blindfolded Muslim Man Stood With His Arms Out On The Streets Of Stockholm And Got 142 Hugs

Then the magic starts and hugs start coming as people watch.

A woman walks up to him and said “Of course, I trust you.”

A Blindfolded Muslim Man Stood With His Arms Out On The Streets Of Stockholm And Got 142 Hugs

After that a man walks up to the blindfolded guy and gives him a warm hug and appreciating his work saying “Good!.”

Then a young man stares at Ashkan for a while and ends up smiling and giving him a hug.

A Blindfolded Muslim Man Stood With His Arms Out On The Streets Of Stockholm And Got 142 Hugs

A woman walks up to him and says “you get a hug from a girl who is Muslim even!”

If it hasn’t restored your faith in humanity, this might do, a young man walks up to him, hug him and say “I am not a Muslim but I respect.”

And then a woman holding her child comes up to Ashkan and he hugs the child.

A Blindfolded Muslim Man Stood With His Arms Out On The Streets Of Stockholm And Got 142 Hugs

By the end of the experiment, Ashkan received 142 hugs

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Reader Comments (29)

  • Hasan
    Mar 29, 2015 - 9:57PM

    Makes me feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside.Recommend

  • cautious
    Mar 29, 2015 - 10:28PM

    I wonder how many hugs a Christian would get if he tried that in Pakistan? Probably be arrested for proselytizing. Recommend

  • Mar 29, 2015 - 10:57PM

    It’s sweet. But when does Islam allows a man hugging a namehram women? :/
    I know the purpose of this experiment is different, but the fact still remains no matter what!Recommend

  • Hypocrisymuch
    Mar 30, 2015 - 12:47AM

    Muslims are not the victim in the West, they live in relative safety Get over yourself! Always pandering a victim role.Recommend

  • Realist
    Mar 30, 2015 - 12:47AM

    Why is always the men who are doing these hugging experiments? Where are the Muslim women?Recommend

  • Nizo
    Mar 30, 2015 - 12:49AM

    Is the average Muslim woman free to do what this guy did? Get hugs from strangers of the opposite sex in public?.. just thinking out loud..Recommend

  • Lars
    Mar 30, 2015 - 12:52AM

    Swedes are too trusting. That’s why their country is going down the hill with all the exotic people migrating to this beloved Scandinavian country….Recommend

  • sarah temple
    Mar 30, 2015 - 12:55AM

    I don’t think this experiment is needed in Stockholm. We already know that Swedes love hugging and that the country embarrasses everyone to a greater degree than almost anywhere else in the world. This experiment should be carried out by Christians (and Muslims for that matter) in Syria, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq etc ..etc ..etc.Recommend

  • Linda Reuters
    Mar 30, 2015 - 12:57AM

    Ok not all muslims are terrorists, and not all are radicalised. ‘Only’ approx 17% (which is over 200 million people), no what makes people suspicious of muslims is the fact that there does exist a homophobic, misogynistic and racist attitude amongst most of the muslim world. Sure this guy is not a terrorist, but scratch under the surface and I wonder what this his attidtudes might be regarding gay rights, women, his future daughters choice of husband, religion etc etc.. All against progressive Swedish values.Recommend

  • Mar 30, 2015 - 2:17AM

    Proud to be a MUSLIM.Recommend

  • Re: Linda Reuters
    Mar 30, 2015 - 2:35AM

    @Linda Reuters approx 17% of the Muslims are terrorists? Really? from where did you got that that figure; care to share the sources? LOL.Recommend

  • Mar 30, 2015 - 2:41AM

    @cautious: Recommend

  • Azi
    Mar 30, 2015 - 3:47AM

    @cautious:

    Similar things will happen to one in India. Given the new amazingly intolerant govt/rss. Plus if the person were a woman, well you can imagine what will happen in a country famous for ….Recommend

  • Kolsat
    Mar 30, 2015 - 3:48AM

    @cautious: He may even be killed by a Muslim because hugging a stranger is against Islam.Recommend

  • pro-humanrights
    Mar 30, 2015 - 4:45AM

    Let’s have another social experiment. Place a guy in a Muslim neighborhood in Swedish city and let him ask for hugs… How many Muslims would hug him?Recommend

  • Dexter
    Mar 30, 2015 - 4:50AM

    it would be nice if non muslim minorities like coptic christians in egypt, jews in yemen, hindus in pakistan could also put singnboard and get a hug in returnRecommend

  • Zack
    Mar 30, 2015 - 4:54AM

    I live in London so I don’t need to meet and hug a Muslim guy. This particular religious group has made me, a honest hard working man who never bother anyone, into a racist.

    https://themuslimissue.wordpress.com/2014/03/13/london-muslim-gang-members-commit-6600-crimes-including-24-murders-in-three-years/Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 30, 2015 - 9:25AM

    He can safely use the blindfold on himself but others dare not. That, in essence, is the trouble.Recommend

  • Ashraf
    Mar 30, 2015 - 9:26AM

    @Zack: WordPress website is banned in Pakistan.Recommend

  • Khanzada
    Mar 30, 2015 - 9:48AM

    Lol !! This the only way he stands a chance of hugging a woman. Great plan man !!Recommend

  • Kumar
    Mar 30, 2015 - 9:49AM

    @pro-humanrights: He may not even return home.Recommend

  • Ammar
    Mar 30, 2015 - 11:02AM

    @Khanzada:
    There should be a limit to stupidity!Recommend

  • Touseef Dar
    Mar 30, 2015 - 5:08PM

    Awesome :) a warm hug to u n all true muslims from Occupied KashmirRecommend

  • Leela4fun
    Mar 31, 2015 - 5:48AM

    This guy is giving the extremists ideas. Recommend

  • Steven Keane
    Mar 31, 2015 - 7:05AM

    Stop people!!!! How do we start???Recommend

  • Steven Keane
    Mar 31, 2015 - 7:06AM

    Amazing!!!Recommend

  • Mudassir
    Apr 1, 2015 - 12:08AM

    Cheap stunt.
    Things people do for publicity.Recommend

  • h miah
    Jul 8, 2015 - 9:23AM

    Why do we have to look for hatred in others? That might be the case in Pakistan but what has Pakistan to do with this man? What has Pakistan to do with any Muslim? We are of all nationalities from all over the world. No could try speaks for me but my own.
    @cautious: Recommend

  • h miah
    Jul 8, 2015 - 9:24AM

    You are the problem in this world
    @Faran: Recommend

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