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‘Muslim terrorist’ on Air Malta plane turns out to be Caribbean Christian

27 December 2010 General 4 Comments Email This Post Email This Post

by Noel Grima

The story that made the rounds of the world that a Muslim man was apprehended on an Air Malta plane when he persisted in praying out aloud in the aisle just as the plane was taxying to take off at London’s Heathrow Airport, now has to be revised.

It was a Caribbean Christian man, Maria Busuttil who was on the plane with him, told The Times. And the prayer he was chanting was the ‘Our Father’.

Yet even yesterday on In-Nazzjon, Brian Grech who had a hand in restraining the man, still insisted the man was an Arab Muslim.

Writing on The Times comment pages yesterday, Ahmed Sain wrote: “For all of you who made a comment yesterday on this subject, I think you got it all wrong regarding this man’s religion. Now you guys ask for forgiveness.”

Meanwhile, unbeknown to most Maltese, comments on foreign papers were not all unanimously in favour of the crew’s action to remove the man from the plane. Many said that in a multicultural society, a man might be allowed to pray as his religion orders him to do.

Thus, a Max from Amsterdam wrote on the Der Telegraaf comment blog: “This often happens. Even before 9/11. Then it was no problem. The most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen to leave for New York: a Muslim and a Jew side by side were praying. If you’re afraid you must stay home.”

And another person, LLW from Amsterdam too, wrote: “Let the man pray! That was an exaggerated response from the passengers. I hope the praying gentleman can go home again soon.”

And in a comment that in the light of the new developments is particularly interesting, a writer wrote on the comment pages of the German paper Tagespiegel: “The incitement of fear of Islamic terrorism, now makes innocent, devout Muslims into terrorists, when they probably have nothing to do with it.

“Moreover, it is not Islam, it is the man in his interpretation, acting out very, very strange.

“Had another passenger, from another religion, crossed himself several times, and recited the ‘Our Father’ would such panic have broken out among the passengers or would this behaviour have seemed as normal, because that is how the civilised West felt?

“Here there is a lot of ignorance among our leaders, and this results in this fear, which is many times deliberately fomented. It serves a purpose, to justify a war.

“Among the many blind people, the one-eyed man is king. It follows that for 200 Christian passengers, this man must be a Muslim terrorist, he must be. Simple.”

Original post: ‘Muslim terrorist’ on Air Malta plane turns out to be Caribbean Christian


  1. Irregardless of the individual’s Religion, Race, Ethnicity or any other rational or irrational justification, a “passenger” is bound to follow civilized behavior when flying, especially in the days post 9/11. The fact that He disobeyed an order to return to His seat, became violent and disruptive to the Flight Crew, upset other passengers, caused unnecessary delay and disruption, that behavior invalidates any other Rights He may have to exercise His right to Pray. He is obviously not a person possessing full mental faculties, and as such, presents a clear and present danger to the safety and well being of the Aircraft, Passengers and Crew. He is lucky that the Maltese used restraint in dealing with Him.

  2. None of the religion has room for extremism. “Religious extremism” this term is wrong and can confuse and make the religious people afraid of being religious. That could benefit the Power Syndicate in the world. Extremism itself is viral and affects the human brain, causes the brain functional disorder, the outcome is the social animal behavior transformed into the wild animal behavior. Violence is the common symptom for this wild behavior. Treatment for this varies for different geographic boundaries of the earth.

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