It didn’t take long, after a call last week by Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump to create a national database of Muslims, for a direct and dignified response to build from members of the American Muslim community, many of them women. One-by-one, doctors, lawyers, journalists and graduate students tweeted a range of ID cards at Trump, with the hashtag #MuslimID.
“I take care of our vets, the underinsured, the indigent — proud to carry my #MuslimID,” wrote doctor Mariam Nawas. “Hey @realDonaldTrump, here is my #MuslimID. Proudly working at the @UN to help address dire needs of the world,” chimed in Hazami Barmada.
— Hazami Barmada (@HazamiBarmada) November 21, 2015
— Zareena Grewal (@ZareenaGrewal) November 20, 2015
— Namira Islam (@namirari) November 20, 2015
— Zainab Chaudary (@chaudary_zainab) November 20, 2015
— Farhana Khera (@farhanakhera) November 20, 2015
Trump first raised the notion of a tracking protocol during an interview that was published on Thursday by Yahoo News, and reinforced the message in a later exchange with an NBC News reporter, although by Friday he appeared to be resiling from his earlier assertions, casting the blame — in a Tweet of his own — onto a journalist.
Asked by the Yahoo reporter about the possibility of a database for Muslims, Trump replied: “We’re going to have to — we’re going to have to look at a lot of things very closely. We’re going to have to look at the mosques. We’re going to have to look very, very carefully.”
Later the same day, as Trump left a campaign event in Iowa, an NBC reporter sought further clarification. Asked if he would set up a database to track Muslims, Trump replied, “I would certainly implement that. Absolutely.”
Critics were quick to draw a comparison with Nazi Germany.
My name is Marwa, and I am a Muslim. I heard you wanted us the start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself. I am not easily identifiable as a #Muslim just by looking at me, so my new badge will let me display proudly who I am. I chose the peace sign because it represents my#Islam. The one that taught me to oppose #injusticeand yearn for #unity. The one that taught me that killing one innocent life is equivalent to killing humanity. I heard you want to track us as well. Great! You can come with me on my Cancer Awareness walks at the local middle school, or you can follow me to work where it’s my job to create happiness. You can also see how my local mosque makes PB&J sandwiches for the homeless and hosts interfaith dinners where everyone is welcome. Maybe then you’ll see that me being Muslim doesn’t make me any less American than you are. Maybe if you walk in my footsteps, you can see that I am not any less human than you are.
Salaamu alaikum #NOTINMYNAME