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Woman Goes Viral Posing In Front Of Anti-Muslim Protesters

Emily Reily 24 Apr 2019

A woman in a hijab who posted selfies of herself in front of anti-Muslim protesters, in an effort to shine a light on bigotry, has gone viral.

Protesters at Circle of North America Convention

It all took place at the Islamic Circle of North America convention last Saturday, where Shaymaa Ismaa'eel, 24, said she saw protesters.

"Most people were very upset and didn't know how to embrace their presence. Some teens were getting upset, trying to approach the men," she says, according to Buzzfeed.

"I yelled to my friend Jamilah, 'There they are! Can you take a picture?' " Ismaa'eel said according to Buzzfeed.

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Combating Hate Speech

Ismaa'eel spoke to Buzzfeed about her experience. Ismaa'eel says the protesters told her friends they were going to hell.

Ismaa'eel decided to post the photos on the third day of the convention. She had her friend Jamilah take a picture of her.

"I walked up as they continued yelling their hateful speech. I asked the police officer if I could stand at the curb in front of the men. The officer said 'no', and in that moment I felt like the biggest rebel."

"I smiled so hard in the picture and the man [started] directing his speech toward me. Silly things like 'your face should be covered.' "

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Pics Went Viral

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Ismaa'eel posted the pictures on social media. In the pics, she's smiling and posing in plain view of anti-Muslim protesters.

The protesters, meanwhile, are not really sure how to react to this person exercising her right to be there.

Ladbible says the woman's picture garnered 150,000 likes and 42,000 retweets on Twitter.

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She Wanted To Make An Impact

She couldn't stop thinking about the protesters.

"I wanted them to see my face and walking by wasn’t enough. We were busy Saturday and they had left by the time things at the convention slowed down."

"I kept thinking about them during the workshops. What if we had a loud speaker so they can hear the beautiful things we’re learning about our beloved prophet?!' I kept thinking to myself."

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She Quoted the Prophet Muhammad

Over on Instagram, she posted a photo while quoting the Prophet Muhammad:

“ 'Kindness is a mark of faith. Those who aren’t kind have no faith.' -Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) ."

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'Smiling In the Face of Bigotry'

And underneath another of Ismaa'eel's photos, she wrote:

"On April 21st I smiled in the face of bigotry and walked away feeling the greatest form of accomplishment."

Bravo to Ismaa'eel.

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