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Monday, December 3, 2012

Ela Goes to the Mall... Dressed as a Muslim...

I recently came across this on Facebook. It was posted on the ZaidAliT page, although I'm not actually sure who "Ela" is. Either way, the story is extremely touching and one that needs to be shared!

I find it disturbing that this type of idiocy is STILL going on in a country which is supposedly based on Freedom! Even more so when you factor in to the story that Muslims are NOT the only ones who wear head scarfs! There are a growing number of women - Christian, Pagan, Jewish, etc  - who choose to cover their head - for numerous reasons! And NONE of them deserve to be ignored or accused of being terrorists simply because they have a scarf on their head!

"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 wake-up 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."
 Please post your reactions in the "comments" section below - I would LOVE to hear them -  and remember to pass this story on! 

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