An honest Brooklyn cab driver Thursday answered the prayers of a Canadian jewelry dealer by returning a diamond-stuffed suitcase that had been left in the trunk of his cab, the New York Daily News.
“It’s like a perfect miracle,” said Thierry Delisha, 32, of Montreal, told the newspaper. “I am so proud to meet such an honest gentleman.”
Hossam Abdala made the discovery Thursday, hours after dropping off Delisha, owner of Crown Ring, and two other men at LaGuardia Airport for a flight to Canada, the newspaper reports.
In their haste to unload eight pieces of luggage, the men didn’t notice until it was too late that Abdala, 30, had driven off with a suitcase loaded with hundreds of thousands of dollars in bridal jewelry, the newspaper reports. They didn’t take a receipt, and had no way of tracking down the cabbie.
“I was in a complete panic,” Delisha told the newspaper. “I called all the rabbis I know in Israel and asked them to pray for me.”
In a stroke of good fortune, Delisha accidentally dropped his business card in the backseat, the newspaper reports. Abdala noticed the name on the card matched the name on the suitcase.
One call later to Crown Ring, the company Delisha owns, and Abdala tracked down the grateful diamond dealer.
Abdala received what Delisha reportedly called a “very nice reward” for his good deed.
The episode reaffirmed Delisha’s belief in the power of prayer.
“I’m Jewish and he’s Muslim, so there has to be a message from God in this,” he reportedly said. “I wish there could be more people like him.”