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November 22, 2016 4:01 pm

British Muslim Jogger Reunites Lost Kippah With Its Owner Through YouTube

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A screenshot of the video Muhammed Abdullah posted online. Photo: Screenshot.

A screenshot from the video Muhammed Abdullah posted online. Photo: Screenshot.

The quest of a British Muslim to reunite a lost kippah with its owner finally paid off on Sunday, the UK’s Jewish Chronicle reported.

Thirty-two-year-old Muhammed Abdullah — who came across the Jewish skullcap while he was out jogging in the London borough of Haverstock Hill last month — said he decided to “test the power of social media” in his attempt to locate the person to whom the item belonged.

Abdullah said that when he picked up what “look[ed] like a prayer hat” — something he said he “would normally like to wear when I pray as a Muslim” — he saw that it had the name of a boy, Elliot Assor, and the date of his bar mitzvah, printed inside.

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“I knew that it had some sentimental value,” Abdullah said. “I don’t think any mother would want her son to lose such a thing.”

He was thus spurred, he said, into producing and posting what he described as a “short snappy video” on his YouTube channel, urging Assor or anyone who knows him, to make contact. He even addressed his online audience with the Hebrew greeting, “Shalom aleichem.”

It would be weeks, however, before his effort bore fruit. Abdullah said when he heard nothing, he considered going as far as contacting the maker of the kippah in Morocco. But then, according to London’s Camden New Journal, he received a call from the mother of Assor — now 15 years old — and the two met in Belsize Park, where Abdullah was able to return the kippah to the family.

Watch Abdullah’s video appeal below:

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