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This Muslim Woman Took A Smiling Stand Against Anti-Muslim Protesters And Went Viral
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This Muslim Woman Took A Smiling Stand Against Anti-Muslim Protesters And Went Viral

This Sunday Shaymaa Ismaa’eel – a 24-year-old behavioral therapist for children with autism woke up to a pleasant surprise as one of her tweets, or picture to be exact, went viral. The day before Shaymaa went to the Islamic Circle of North America convention she encountered a group of men with protest signs standing outside the venue. One of the signs read “Islam is a religion of blood and murder! The blood from Jesus is given as a ransom for all mankind” and another one read that “Jesus is the only begotten son of God.” In that instant, Shaymaa decided to fight bigotry in her own way.

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This 24-year-old went to the Islamic Circle of North America convention and was met with a group of men protesting outside

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Shaymaa later revealed to the media that people attending the convention felt uncomfortable and were visibly getting upset. She also mentioned that, while walking by, her friends were told by the protesters that they were going to hell.

Shaymaa decided to combat the hatred with kindness

Image credits: ShaymaaDarling

So, she asked her friend Jamilah to snap a picture of her in front of the hateful protesters. Shaymaa walked up while the men continued yelling and asked a police officer whether she could stand on the curb in front of the men. The officer declared ‘no’ blatantly and this incited a rebellious feeling inside Shaymaa. She later recalled to one media outlet: “I smiled so hard in the picture and the man [started] directing his speech toward me. Silly things like ‘your face should be covered.’”

The woman posted the picture to her Instagram and later to Twitter and both of the posts soon went viral

Image credits: ShaymaaDarling

“On April 21st I smiled in the face of bigotry and walked away feeling the greatest form of accomplishment,” Shaymaa’s caption on Twitter read. She was soon flooded with responses and support from hundreds of people.

She later tweeted that she wasn’t ‘expecting this AT ALL!’

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“The positivity from this is very uplifting and it’s making me happy to know that the youth can see someone being unapologetic in the face of people who hate their religion,” Shaymaa said to the media.

Shaymaa thanked everyone to the overwhelming amount of support she received over the weekend

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And clarified that the photos were not Photoshopped or altered in any way

Image credits: ShaymaaDarling

Other people who went to the convention also shared their experiences

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And some were even inspired to recreate Shaymaa’s picture

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People were impressed and some called Shaymaa’s move ‘bold’

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Mike Crow
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3 years ago

Anyone else notice one of the protestors had a T-shirt that said “women belong in the kitchen”?

blugeagua
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3 years ago (edited)

No surprise there at all. To them, anyone who is not a straight white man, is not a real human being.

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Cassie
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3 years ago

"Islam is a religion of blood and murder" - This man apparently doesn't know much about how self-proclaimed Christians have behaved over the years or maybe he just enjoys being a hypocrite. This behavior is not Christian nor is this how Christianity should be shared.

R L
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3 years ago

Wish I could upvote this more.

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Octavio Díaz
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3 years ago (edited)

As a Christian myself, what I love about this is watching the protesters using the "blood of Christ" as an argument, and saying muslims are killers and ignorant animals and etc., and quite conveniently forgetting that most of the bloodiest, deadliest actions in human history have been executed precisely for this "blood of Christ"... Do they really thing Christ, or any other deity from any other religion, would look with good eyes all the BS we've done in their name?? They're all supposed to preach love and we interpret "love" as f#ck everyone who doesn't believe what I believe. As a christian myself, I'm increasingly convinced that what we all need is atheism...

Lingon
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3 years ago

What is far more interesting, is that they have no clue what so ever, on the fact that muslims believe in Jesus to.

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Mike Crow
Community Member
3 years ago

Anyone else notice one of the protestors had a T-shirt that said “women belong in the kitchen”?

blugeagua
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

No surprise there at all. To them, anyone who is not a straight white man, is not a real human being.

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Cassie
Community Member
3 years ago

"Islam is a religion of blood and murder" - This man apparently doesn't know much about how self-proclaimed Christians have behaved over the years or maybe he just enjoys being a hypocrite. This behavior is not Christian nor is this how Christianity should be shared.

R L
Community Member
3 years ago

Wish I could upvote this more.

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Octavio Díaz
Community Member
3 years ago (edited)

As a Christian myself, what I love about this is watching the protesters using the "blood of Christ" as an argument, and saying muslims are killers and ignorant animals and etc., and quite conveniently forgetting that most of the bloodiest, deadliest actions in human history have been executed precisely for this "blood of Christ"... Do they really thing Christ, or any other deity from any other religion, would look with good eyes all the BS we've done in their name?? They're all supposed to preach love and we interpret "love" as f#ck everyone who doesn't believe what I believe. As a christian myself, I'm increasingly convinced that what we all need is atheism...

Lingon
Community Member
3 years ago

What is far more interesting, is that they have no clue what so ever, on the fact that muslims believe in Jesus to.

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