For musician Darren Hanlon, what started off as regular small talk with a cab driver a few days after the Paris terror strikes, turned out to be something that left a deep impression on him.

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In a Facebook post, Hanlon said that his cab driver said he was an Indian Muslim living in Australia , spoke about human common sense.

” I can’t understand these who go around killing other people… in cold blood,” the driver said.

Although the question is something a lot of people around the world have been asking, Hanlon felt this conversation was lot more personal and gave it his undivided attention.

‘”I’m a Muslim,” the driver said almost as a confession, “and this is not what I was taught as a child.”

Hanlon, who sensed that the man needed to talk, listened silently as the driver mentioned that he was praying all day.

“These people say they act under the name of Islam. I’ve studied religion, theology. The etymology of the word Islam comes from a word that means Peace,” the driver said.

As Hanlon saw the driver wiping off his tears, he asked him if the Quran has a “basic law… like the Bible… that says Thou Shalt Not Kill?”.

The driver responded by saying the second highest law in Islam that says, “that if you kill a single soul it’s like killing the soul of all humanity. If you save a single soul, you save all humanity.”

The conversation then veered towards how religion was being manipulated and how young people were being brainwashed. And they continued talking well after they reached the destination about the Paris attacks and religion

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Although Darren Hanlon shared his “emotional Uber moment” as a meaningful message, he told ABC North Coast that he was deeply hurt at negative comments, some of which even accused him of cooking up the whole story to promote his music.