Muslim woman spat on while eating in restaurant says female race hate victims must speak out

‘It’s important for Muslim women themselves to have a voice in this narrative and actually set the record straight that we aren’t the threat,’ says Nahella Ashraf.

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A Muslim woman who was racially assaulted and spat on by a stranger in a restaurant has urged more female Muslims who have experienced hate crime to speak out.

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Affirming Our State As ‘Hate Free’

On Dec. 19, I joined local leaders to renew the declaration that Washington state is a “hate-free zone.” As an American-Muslim woman and the executive director of the American Muslim Empowerment Network (AMEN), a new initiative of the Muslim Association of Puget Sound (MAPS), this event had special significance to me. In the month preceding the press conference, maps had its sign viciously attacked twice in clear acts of hate. And I personally have experienced acts of ignorance and hate, while some of my friends have faced physical attacks and assaults, simply on account of our religion.

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War On Muslims: Burqa Bans, Hate Crimes And Laws That Ignore Cultural Norms Challenge Islam Around The World

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In Morocco, officials banned the production and sale of full-face Muslim veils this week to bolster national security. In South Africa, a Cape Town mosque was attacked Tuesday when blood was found spattered on the walls and pulpit of Masjidul Jamiah in Kalk Bay. A pig snout was also left at the entrance of the mosque. Meanwhile, The European Court of Human Rights upheld Tuesday a decision from Swiss officials that required Muslim girls to swim alongside boys against their family’s wishes, the New York Times reported.

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