The short story “Good Advice Is Rarer Than Rubies” by Salman Rushdie focuses on two main characters, Miss Rehana and Muhammad Ali. 

Miss Rehana is a young woman who arrives at the British Embassy to get a visa to England, where her fiancé lives – although it is later revealed that she hopes her visa will be denied. Muhammad Ali is a man who scams vulnerable women who apply for visas to England. Their meeting makes Muhammad Ali have a change of heart, as he genuinely wishes to help Miss Rehana obtain a visa for free. 

You can read a full characterization of Miss Rehana and Muhammad Ali in the following pages.