- A social experiment revealed how people react when a “thief” steals bag of a praying Muslim man
- Muath Saif and Idris Alrawani are two men and close family friends who took part in a social experiment
- The duo filmed in Victoria Square, located in New Street and a grassed area close to Millennium Point
BIRMINGHAM, England – A social experiment revealed how people react when a “thief” steals the bag of a praying Muslim man.
Muath Saif and Idris Alrawani are two men and close family friends who took part in a social experiment in order to see the reactions of the public when a Muslim man is being aggrieved.
Muath and Idris filmed people’s reactions to the hoax thefts in Birmingham’s city center to see what would happen.
Andy Richardson mentioned in his article for Birmingham Mail that the duo filmed in Victoria Square, located in New Street and a grassed area close to Millennium Point.
“It was a really mixed response. Some people just watched and did nothing as I stole Idris’s bag as he prayed,” said 22-year-old Muath, a media production student.
“We have to approach people for permission to publish the video and many refused,” he added.
The duo said that despite other people not giving care on the situation, there are some great responses coming from other people.
“While some shouted at me, others chased after me and right at the end of the video at Millennium Point a man runs after me and in the heat of the moment does punch me,” Muath said as quoted in an article by Mirror Co UK.
Muath said that there were people who were just so angry with what he did and said he totally understood why people reacted like that.
“There was also fantastic responses from homeless people in the city center,” he said.
A video of the social experiment that has been posted on YouTube last June 19 has already been viewed more than 424,000 times.
“It was great to see the majority of people in the city react to the situation in a positive way,” Muath said.
“They saw a wrongdoing and wanted it put right,” he added.