This Muslim Woman Hilariously Trolled An Anti-Muslim Protest

Shaymaa Ismaa’eel was on her way to attend the D.C. area Islamic Circle of North America convention one recent weekend when she noticed a crowd of unhappy-looking people who were protesting the convention. Or the entire religion. Either way, they were telling everyone who looked Muslim in the area that they were going to hell, which is never a nice thing to hear.

Ismaa’eel was disheartened at first to see this kind of bigotry in front of a peaceful gathering of people who enjoy the same religion and want to talk about issues facing their communities. According to the young behavioral therapist, people were getting upset and teenage Muslims were trying to engage the protesters, which probably would not have ended well for the teens.

“Most people were very upset and didn’t know how to embrace their presence,” she told BuzzFeed. “Some teens were getting upset, trying to approach the men.”

Instead of getting upset herself, Ismaa’eel decided to have some fun and counter the ugly scene with some positivity. The end result was a brief photoshoot that can’t not make you smile.

Beautiful, hilarious, perfect.

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

Fact check: Depending on how liberal or conservative one is in their faith, Muslim women might wear head coverings that show their whole face, only their eyes, or not wear a head covering at all. It’s her choice, baby.

Ismaa’eel said that the protesters “didn’t ruin the experience for me in the slightest” and she had a good convention. Now, she’s having a great time as her photos get tens of thousands of likes on Instagram, and have spread to Twitter where people are calling the photoshoot “iconic” and are praying that they end up in the history books.

Others could not resist making fun of the ridiculous-looking anti-Muslim protesters, because just look at them.

It takes a lot of dedication to waste your Easter weekend hating instead of loving people like Jesus told you to.