BOSTON – American Muslims have expressed gratitude to Gillette Stadium security team in Boston, after one of the stadium’s security guards stood to guard a Muslim family praying during their favorite team’s game.
“I think we Muslims should send thank you letters to them so that they realize truly how much it is appreciated!” a Muslim wrote on Facebook.
The incident came to public after Samantha, a Boston, Massachusetts native, a New England Patriots fan attended her team’s game a few weeks ago.
While attending a Patriots game at Gillette Stadium, Samantha and her husband found themselves still watching the game during Duhr.
Duhr is the second of five prayers which practicing Muslims complete every day.
“I was a bit nervous to pray because it wasn’t private at all, particularly in front of everyone, maybe I’m silly but I’m always paranoid I will get attacked while focused in prayer,” she wrote on Facebook page, Muslims Everyday.
Finally able to find a place to pray during a football game, Samantha and her husband began to pray until they were approached by one of the stadium’s security guards.
Samantha immediately believed that she and her husband were going to be escorted out and told they couldn’t pray.
However, the fact was quite the opposite.
“I was wrong, he came up to me and said, ‘I am going to stand here and guard you guys to make sure nobody gives you any problems, go ahead and pray.’ He allowed us to pray and stood in front guarding us to make sure we are safe,” she wrote.
“When I finished he came up to us, shook our hands, and told us to enjoy the game.”
The security guard’s move was hailed as amazing, with many commenters said that “Thank you” letters should be sent to the Patriots organization and the Gillette Stadium security team.
“Thank you email sent. This election may be bringing out the worst, but it is also bringing out the best in some of us!” one wrote.
“I hate that it was even necessary, but I absolutely love that unnamed guard for being so empathetically aware and concerned for this couple. I’m going to have to remember to offer to do this if I ever find myself at an event where Muslims are attempting to begin prayer,” another added.
Support was also coming from non-Muslims.
“I think everyone should send letters. I am not Muslim, but I support your right to your religious beliefs and freedom from hatred,” one wrote
“Thank you just sent from a Catholic in NE as well! We’re all with you!” one added.