In 2007, at the age of 19, Chris Herbert lost his leg because of a roadside bomb when his regiment was ambushed in Basra, Iraq, he told The Telegraph. He lost his best friend Pte Luke Simpson in the same attack. Apparently, a lot of people expect him to be anti-Islam or anti-Muslim or practise racism because of what happened — but his response to them restores faith in humanity.
On his Facebook page, he wrote, “Blaming all Muslims for the actions of groups like Daeshe and the Taliban, is like blaming all Christians for the actions of the KKK or Westboro Baptist Church”.
Herbert narrated how another Muslim man also lost his leg in the attack, a Muslim surgeon performed surgery on him that saved his life, as opposed to a British man who pushed his wheelchair, and another who spat in his girlfriend’s face for dating a ‘cripple’.
As soon as Herbert posted the message, it went viral on social media and has garnered support. It has been shared over 100,000 times in two days.
After the Islamic State attacks in different parts of the world over the past few years and propagating their misguided meaning of Islam, it would not be wrong to say that Muslims — especially in IS-targeted regions — fear backlash and indifferent behaviour. Lately, a lot of people from the community have tested whether locals really trust them. In times like these, people like Herbert provide the reassurance that Islamophobia is not a prevalent phenomenon.
As Herbert says, “If you want to hate an entire race of men and women for the actions of a few d***heads feel free, but don’t push your views on me”.