Muslim woman goes viral after posing in front of anti-Muslim protesters in Washington D.C.

A smile and a pacifist V to “fight hatred by kindness” – Le Monde

Shaymaa Ismaa’eel, a 24-year-old African-American woman, posted a photo on Sunday, April 21, posing in front of a group of protesters hostile to Islam.

A bright smile, a sign of peace addressed with the right hand, a peach hijab, a washed denim jacket and rust-coloured trousers … Shaymaa Ismaa’eel, a 24-year-old African American, released Sunday, April 21 on his Instagram account, a photo that looks like … a finger of honour to the intolerance of Muslims in the United States. To make good measure, she accompanied her photo with a word of the Prophet Muhammad:

“Kindness is a sign of faith and anyone who does not know how to be kind does not have faith. “

Shaymaa Ismaa’eel, who works as a therapist for children with autism in the Washington area, was attending a conference of the Islamic Circle of North America at Washington’s Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Saturday. She saw a group of protesters brandish placards hostile to the Muslim faith and the prophet Muhammad. 

On one of them, we read: “Islam is a religion of blood and murder! The blood of Jesus was given for the salvation of humanity. “

Back in front of them on Sunday, she asked a friend to take a picture to send a message to these people: “I wanted to fight their hate with kindness,” she told CNN. It was not about my content to pass before them, I wanted them to see my face. “

“I wanted them to see the smile on my face”

“My face lit up when I saw them ,” she says. I walked towards them as they continued to shout their hate speech. I asked the policeman who was watching[their gathering] if I could get on the sidewalk in front of them. He said “no” and at that moment I felt like the biggest rebel. I made a big smile for the picture and the man who was making a speech started to send it to me. “

“I wanted them to see the smile on my face and see how happy I am to be who I am, walking around as a Muslim woman ,” she told the Guardian again . I wanted to show them that we will stay kind, without having to apologize , and continue to spread love in the face of sectarianism. “

Barely published, his picture became viral on Instagram, with more than 151,000 mentions “I like”. “On April 21, I smiled on the face of sectarianism and I left feeling that I had accomplished something great,” she also wrote on Twitter .

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She says she is surprised by the attention paid to this publication: “I am a discreet person. But it’s refreshing to see so many people support . “

His mother urges him to be careful. “It makes her nervous because it’s clear that people like that are not usually the most likeable. She reminds me constantly to pray for me, “ says Shaymaa Ismaa’eel. She adds that friends and family have already been harassed or discriminated against.

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