It's turning into a very happy Hanukkah for the Muslim good Samaritan who is credited with saving a Brooklyn college student from a gang of alleged Jew-bashing goons.
A stunned Hassan Askari, 20, was handed a check for $5,000 by legal eagle Benjamin Brafman, who was touched by Askari's subway heroics.
"Wow. That's amazing. Oh, wow," said Askari, an accounting student.
"That's going to help my college so, so much. I'm at a loss for words."
Askari works two jobs as a waiter to pay his way through Berkeley College in Manhattan.
Brafman, who has represented hip-hop honchos like Sean "Diddy" Combs and 50 Cent, said years ago he stepped in to help a straphanger in a jam.
He got nothing except a beating and bitter memories.
"No one even stopped to thank me. Maybe it's come full circle," he said.
Askari was also honored last night at a benefit dinner at the Foundation for Ethnic Understanding in Midtown.
"What you want for yourself is what you give to others," said hip-hop impresario Russell Simmons. "The idea is one that is central to all prophets, all Jews, all Muslims."
Askari and his family were also offered free Nets tickets for any game they'd like to attend by the soon-to-be-Brooklyn-based team.
Ten men and women were arrested after the Q train fracas on Friday night, including Joseph Jirovec and Zachary Rogalski.
They have been charged separately with hate crimes in the past against blacks.