A young Bangladeshi Muslim man who runs a leather store in Rome, Italy, has been hailed for his honesty after returning a wallet with €2,000 cash and refusing to be rewarded for that, IlmFeed reported.
Mossan Rasal was going about his day when he found a wallet on the street on Friday.
“The first thing I did was to check the documents. I immediately realized that, for whoever had lost it, it was a real problem. Inside there were credit cards, a driver’s license and identity documents,” Rasal told La Repubblica.
“Then of course, I saw that it was full of money. I didn’t know the amount because I didn’t count it, I just took everything to the [police] station.”
He went immediately to the police to deliver the wallet, without event trying to know how much money was in it.
“I didn’t even have to think about it, that money wasn’t mine that’s why I returned it,” the 23-year-old said.
Police thanked the young man for his honesty.
“They were the first to thank me but, for how I was raised, I only did my duty… It was about being honest, as my family taught me to be,” he said.
A few hours after handing in the wallet, the police called Rasal and told him that its owner really wanted to meet him, but humble Rasal was hesitant.
“At first I didn’t want to go because I didn’t want all this attention. Then, in the end, I convinced myself. Now I understand I was right to meet him, he was genuinely happy to meet me and to be able to thank me in person.”
The wallet’s owner, a local businessman, wanted to give Rasal a reward, but he refused insisting that he did nothing special.
“…it wouldn’t have been dignified. Rather, I invited him to visit my stall. I would be happy if he became my client. But I didn’t want any money for returning his wallet that fell right next to my stand.
“It was a pure coincidence and it wouldn’t have been right to be paid for it,” he added.
Rasal is not the first Muslim to impress people for honesty.
In 2008, a world-class violinist gave a free concert at a New York airport taxi stand to show his gratitude to an honest Muslim cab driver who reunited him with his lost 4-million-dollar violin.
In November 2014, a Muslim owner of a Burger King branch in San Jose returned to police a backpack which contained US$100,000 after finding it abandoned at one of the restaurant’s tables.
More recently, a Pakistani Muslim was highly praised for returning Dh50,000 he found on an ATM machine in Dubai.