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Women participate in a group prayer session for the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, U.S., September 12, 2016. (REUTERS/Stephanie Keith)


Following the election outcome, Muslim women share their fears over wearing hijab in public

By WITW Staff on November 9, 2016

A man who ran a campaign on overt and unapologetic Islamophobia and promised to ban all Muslims from entering this country, has been elected President of the United States. Several Muslim women have already expressed their fears of wearing a hijab in public, worried they might fall victim to a hate crime.  They fear the scenario that played out in Britain — where race and religion-related hate crimes shot up 41 percent after the Brexit vote  —  might manifest here in the U.S. as well. “My mom literally just texted me ‘don’t wear the Hijab please’ and she’s the most religious person in our family….” one woman said in a tweet that has since been retweeted more than 60,000 times. Others advised people to not walk alone while wearing a hijab to protect their own safety, while some urged others to not be bystanders when they saw violence directed against Muslim women. Several people joined in to express their concern, with Twitter user Wil Gafney tweeting, “I am afraid for my country but I recognize my Muslim friends are afraid for their lives and the lives of their children.”  The online outpouring of solidarity is a small beacon of hope during a terrifying time for Muslim women across the country.

Read the full story at Mashable.


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