The Clock And The Overnight Star

The Clock And The Overnight Star 1

Ahmed Mohamed


Be a bit innovative_ get a homemade clock to school_hold a sceptical name and a color tone not-so-cool_wear an innocent smile_all enough to welcome raised brows_ an arrest inviting limelight_followed by a support for innocence from high-profile and the millions around the world online- Congrats, you’ve become a celebrity!

This is now might be the shortest route to fame, with least efforts made. The Texas guy, Ahmed Mohamed- a 14-year old school goer has found this new recipe to stardom out of nothing but a clock in his hand which was replaced by handcuffs. The crime he did? Brought a home-made clock to school. He might be excited about his ‘cute’ innovation, but little did he knew that his clock would be mistaken as a ‘bomb’ by his English teacher and will bring him behind the bars. This might have given his family a blow but made him an overnight internet celebrity.

Ahmed is the son of a fisherman who hails from a Muslim family from Sudan. Interestingly, his father twice has sought to be elected the Sudanese President. The clock he brought to school was a simple work of arrangement carrying a circuit board wired with power supply, compiled in a rectangular case- a keen work of engineering by a young teenager who was appreciated for the same by his engineering teacher. Things turned to get weird when this clock beeped during his English  lecture and his teacher turned sceptical. Taking him to principal’s office, the police later came to the scene and after an hour and a half of interrogation, Ahmed was taken into custody in handcuffs. According to him, he was not allowed to contact his family during long questioning sessions and he was also threatened by the principle for being expelled from the school unless he signed a written statement.

This innocent boy was unable to do much to the situation other than keep mentioning it as a mere clock! Later, when he was proved to be innocent and the ‘informal’  charges against him were withdrawn. Responses began to flow in media calling the subsequent arrest and what followed as America’s ‘Islamophobia’. It called a critical remarks and debates on racial profiling.

The same clock gathered the attention of President Barack Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and even MIT, apart from the rest of the online community which came up with loads of hashtags #IstandwithAhmed within a day.

While the President has invited him to the White House with the clock, Mr. Zukerberg developed nostalgia about how he found Facebook out of his Harvard dorm room, also inviting Ahmed to visit him at the office. Google sent an invitation calling him to its science fair, with a promise to bring the clock. MIT did the icing on the already super-sweetened cake by admitting they would love to have him at MIT.

Ahmed handcuffed, wearing a faded NASA T-shirt.

What more can anyone ask for? Nobody goes out for fishing out of boredom on a lazy day and finds a diamond on the bank. But something similar happened with this guy. Kudos Ahmed,  you made it big. And the clock is priceless. 🙂

Author’s bio:


I hail from Allahabad, the holy city where three great rivers culminate as one at Sangam. I m pursuing bachelor’s in philosophy and all my screws are at its right place. : -D I like reading and travelling.  I like dark humour and a work of critic over fiction since it requires a lot of wits and sincere efforts. I wish to travel to as many places possible.  Writing is becoming my new favorite and I hope to make meaningful writing that deserve honest admiration.  


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