If attacking someone because they are wearing a hijab is Islamophobia, would it be called reverse anti-Islamophobia for attacking someone who is brave enough to not wear their hijab anymore? Did that even make sense? That’s what Twitter user @erihs (Hafsa) had to go through when she was harassed by a vast majority of Muslims when they saw her photos going viral. The photos of Hafsa were of her celebrating over the fact that she is hijabi-free. These photos went viral and although some individuals were saying congratulations and hoping the best for all, others were not very happy.
There were Muslims who respected her choice and applaud her for her decision and then there were Muslims who were very appalled by it. Maymoona Monae, a makeup artist and YouTuber who is a strong believer of her faith, Islam, said that Hafsa had disappointed her.
One of Hafsa’s friends joined in the conversation saying no one asked for Monae’s opinion. Monae replied stating no one asked for her’s. The friend then said it is because who she is shaming is her friend, and it is her right to defend those attacking her. Monae then replied saying that if she was her friend, that she should be praying for Allah to guide her back to Islam.
Monae is not new to these similar discussions. Just a few days ago, Chick-Fil-A posted on Twitter their new BBQ Bacon Sandwich. Monae responded to them stating that they are hypocrites for calling themselves a Christian company but serving pork referencing to a verse in the Bible saying not to eat pork. Then others jump in explaining to her that because of Jesus, those laws in the Old Testament are not to be followed anymore because Christians are under a new law: the law of Grace.She’s also a Black Lives Matter advocate so it is not a surprise for her radical response towards Hafsa.
Other negative responses to Hafsa’s photo were that she is committing a sin and using memes to mock her bold decision. Muslims and non Muslims quickly responded to the hate saying that is not Islamic behavior and that it is a wrong way to represent the religion with inciting hate. Many others would troll them back saying they are just representing their leader Muhammad.
“Because I wanted to do something like this in order to let those like me who are struggling in silence realize that they are not alone in this fight for freedom!” Hafsa told Halsey News.
“It makes me feel horrible that they don’t even TRY to understand where I’m coming from. I tweeted that I was no longer a hijabi, a tough decision for many to make for exactly this reason. They’re afraid of the backlash they’ll get from their families/peers/communities. They claim being a hijabi is a choice, and that we have a freedom of religion, but if these things were truly ours to decide then we wouldn’t have to worry about a negative reaction from others if CHOOSE to take the road less traveled,” she later added.
Because of the backlash, Hafsa decided to put her Twitter account on private.
If these teenagers want to preach how tolerant and peaceful their religion is, they should start being more tolerant and peaceful to those who leave that faith.
Why report on this? Video outlets such as AJ+, NowThis, and Buzzfeed will only report an incident where a Muslim is the victim. They wouldn’t report if it was the other way around or if a girl made a bold move, such as deciding to be hijabi-free.
They would easily have found a photo of someone who feels good of vandalizing a school project or a woman triggered by seeing the North Virginian Battle flag at a grocery store and then would praise the “victim” for sharing their story.
But why not cover these incidents Hafsa’s? It is because it does not fit their narrative.