A Muslim woman from Australia who wears the niqab (face veil) has described how she responded to hate with good character when she was told to ‘get out’ whilst out shopping.
She recorded a video aimed at other Muslim women where she said:
“Whilst I was shopping, this lady actually asked me to get out. She said that how could you ever be allowed in this place with this thing on your face.
I don’t know what got into me, I just had to give her a hug. I said, ‘sister can I please give you a hug.’ And I just gave her a hug. I hugged her and subhanAllah it was amazing how she just burst out crying on my shoulder. She just cried and cried and cried her heart out subhanAllah.
And then I just lifted up my Niqab and I told her, ‘sister, I’m not doing this out of oppression, I’m doing this out of my own choice’ and she started crying even more.
And I said ‘why are you so upset?’ And she said, ‘because I just saw a documentary this morning about how Muslim women are forced and oppressed…to wear the hijab and this thing on your face.‘ I said, ‘that’s exactly why you have so much hate, because you are watching these things on the media and you’re believing what you see on the media.’
SubhanAllah, she had a completely different picture of us…of Muslim women.
And she apologised to me, she hugged me, she was so happy subhanAllah. She kept on thanking me for telling her.
My reason for telling you guys this is it’s amazing what akhlaq can do, It’s amazing what good character can do. It’s absolutely amazing what just a hug and just a smile can do.
Loosen up, loosen up and have good character.
You’ll conquer the world with that.”