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Muslim Woman Goes Viral For Laughing In The Face Of Anti-Muslim Protesters

A Muslim woman used her smile to fight Islamophobia is being hailed for her unique approach.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, 24-year-old behavioral therapist Shaymaa Ismaa’eel explained that she encountered the protesters, whose signs bore such hateful slogans as “Islam Is A Religion Of Blood And Murder!” while on her way to the Islamic Circle of North America convention in Washington, D.C.

According to Isamaa’eel the protestors were upsetting some of the younger attendees and some of her friends were told they were “going to hell” when passing the group. She decided to respond with unorthodox measures taking the opportunity for a smiling photo op in the face of a hateful background.

Isamaa’eel described the moment to BuzzFeed News, saying:

“I walked up as they continued yelling their hateful speech. I asked the police officer if I could stand at the curb in front of the men. The officer said ‘no’, and in that moment I felt like the biggest rebel.

“I smiled so hard in the picture and the man [started] directing his speech toward me. Silly things like ‘your face should be covered.'”

Her unique approach to fighting hate was hailed by observers online, some of whom wanted the image framed.

h/t: BuzzFeed