I went to the mall, and a little girl called me a terrorist.
My name is Ela. I am seventeen years old. I am not Muslim, but my friend told me about her friend being discriminated against for wearing a hijab. So I decided to see the discrimination firsthand to get a better understanding of what Muslim women go through.
My friend and I pinned scarves around our heads, and then we went to the mall. Normally, vendors try to get us to buy things and ask us to sample a snack. Clerks usually ask us if we need help, tell us about sales, and smile at us. Not today. People, including vendors, clerks, and other shoppers, wouldn’t look at us. They didn’t talk to us. They acted like we didn’t exist. They didn’t want to be caught staring at us, so they didn’t look at all.
And then, in one store, a girl (who looked about four years old) asked her mom if my friend and I were terrorists. She wasn’t trying to be mean or anything. I don’t even think she could have grasped the idea of prejudice. However, her mother’s response is one I can never forgive or forget. The mother hushed her child, glared at me, and then took her daughter by the hand and led her out of the store.
All that because I put a scarf on my head. Just like that, a mother taught her little girl that being Muslim was evil. It didn’t matter that I was a nice person. All that mattered was that I looked different. That little girl may grow up and teach her children the same thing.
This experiment gave me a huge wakeup call. It lasted for only a few hours, so I can’t even begin to imagine how much prejudice Muslim girls go through every day. It reminded me of something that many people know but rarely remember: the women in hijabs are people, just like all those women out there who aren’t Muslim.
People of Tumblr, please help me spread this message. Treat Muslims, Jews, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus, Pagans, Taoists, etc., exactly the way you want to be treated, regardless of what they’re wearing or not wearing, no exceptions. Reblog this. Tell your friends. I don’t know that the world will ever totally wipe out prejudice, but we can try, one blog at a time.
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muslim women dont need your white saviour attitude, you might now finally realise what it’s like to be excluded from society because of a piece of garment but you’re never going to experience it in the way we do.
she literally worded this so well and so honestly and tried so hard not to be rude, she just tried to understand what you go through. she’s not trying to be a saviour, she’s trying to raise awareness. she never said she’d solve anything or experience it like you do. stop doing exactly what other people do to you and shut down someones ideas just because of their color or religion or anything. this is a valid and completely pure hearted thing.
It’s funny how people act like white people are the biggest douchebags, and then act like total asshats themselves, huh?
She did this to get a GLIMPSE into the shit Muslim women are put through. She never claimed total understanding; in fact she said that she “can’t even begin to imagine how much prejudice Muslim girls go through every day.” She ADMITTED that she doesn’t know everything these women go through, and yet she’s STILL attacked? I cannot fathom why it’s deemed “okay” to be prejudiced against white people, even when we try to understand what it is people of other ethnicities/skin tones/nationalities/religions/etc go through. If you want, we can stop trying to understand and let everyone wallow in their self-pity.Okay we’re going to keep this short and sweet, so that those who think white people can’t help could have time to take in what I am about to say. Islam has made it VERY clear that it does not like prejudice, racism, and discrimination. The most important aspect we have to consider is that the Quran keeps INSISTING: We are ALL the children of Adam. NONE of us are either superior or inferior. We were created as different races, genders, ethnic backgrounds, and cultures as a means to LEARN from each other and be peaceful with one another, not demean and bash each other.First verse: “We have certainly honored the children of Adam and carried them on the land and sea and provided for them of the good things and preferred them over much of what We have created, with definite preference.” Surah Al-Isra 17:70Second verse: “O mankind, verily, We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Verily, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Verily, Allah is knowing and aware.” Surah Al-Hujurat 49:13Those two verses talk about how we are meant to get along and not fight each other and exclude each other from getting to know other people. We are MEANT to be knowledgeable about other people and we are meant to live in PEACE with them. We aren’t supposed to exclude them because they aren’t like us. Like, any Muslim who rages about this being a white woman doing so clearly hasn’t looked over what the verses mean whilst reading them, even though they’re as clear as daylight. In addition, we also have this valuable gem: “O people, verily, your Lord is one and your father Adam is one. There is no favoritism of an Arab over a foreigner, nor a foreigner over an Arab, and neither red skin over black skin, nor black skin over red skin, except through righteousness. Have I not conveyed the message? ” - Prophet Mohammed (PBUH).There is no FAVOURITISM of an Arab over a foreigner nor vice versa. Do not favour someone simply because they’re of the same skin tone/race as you. That is a legitimate quote from the Prophet of Islam and you have people stating that white people shouldn’t butt into the issue because they’re white. You lot are disgusting and disappointing excuses of people reaching for equality without knowing Islam. Islam isn’t in any way a religion that excludes people based on their race.If you want a racist and wrong ideology, follow the nation of islam, not the actual scriptures that would go against your racist ideologies and help promote peace. P.S. Even white people can be Muslim. Converting to Islam doesn’t “unwhite” you, nor is it exclusive to a specific race.