WATCH: Muslim student at Auburn University asks for trust, hugs

Published: Dec. 4, 2015 at 4:29 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2016 at 4:29 PM CST
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AUBURN, AL (WAFF) - The Muslim Student Association at Auburn University says an experiment in blind trust ended with a lot of hugs being exchanged.

A student stood wearing an orange blindfold next to a sign that read, "I'm Muslim and I trust you. Do you trust me enough for a hug?"

In a YouTube video posted by Auburn MSA, student Basim Ismail said the experiment was based on a similar one posted in Paris by a Muslim after last month's terror attacks.

"I expected not that many hugs, so I was surprised there were a lot of hugs," said Ismail.

The video made on campus on Dec. 1 shows student after student walking up and giving Ismail a hug.

The MSA says it wanted to know if Auburn is different from a national conversation that has become more negative about Muslim's after recent terror attacks.

Ismail said he never heard any negative comments but that he got so many hugs he lost count.

"I appreciated all of them.  It was awesome," said Ismail.

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