When a group of Muslim families finished their meals at an Olive Garden on Christmas Eve in Augusta, Georgia, they asked for the check.

But when the bill arrived, it came with a note: “Paid. Merry Christmas, beautiful family.”

Eslam Mohamed posted a photo of the receipt on Facebook where it has been shared more than 19,000 times. Mohamed wrote in the photo’s caption that the group of seven adults and five children were clearly recognized as Muslims due to the hijabs worn by the women and the language they spoke. 

Yesterday i went to Olive Garden restaurant to have dinner with nice families. We were a group of 7 adults and 5…

Posted by Eslam S. Mohamed on Friday, December 25, 2015

“Yes, someone paid for us and wrote those wonderful words on the receipt. I can’t express how this act touched our hearts,” Mohamed said in the Facebook post. “Among all the bad things happening to Muslims and the hate speech that the presidential candidate had made lately, there is still light in the dark, there is still hope within the frustration. All what I can say to who did that, Merry Christmas to you too and God bless such a beautiful heart you have.”

According to Facebook, Mohamed is from Egypt but is studying immunology at Augusta University.

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(H/T: IJ Review)