The whole incident we're about to introduce got triggered by a racist message Lamyaa had received on April 14, 2017 from a stranger on Twitter.
The stranger said:
"Stop defending Islam Bit*h shut up you couldn't take that scarf off or your dad would beat your as*."
So in order to prove this ignorant person wrong, Lamyaa decided to text her dad and inform him that she decided to stop wearing her hijab just to see what his reaction would be, her dad's response definitely destroyed that guy's argument and was the reason why her tweet went viral.
The tweet included this conversation with her dad:
Lamyaa: Baba, I want to tell you something.
Lamyaa's father: Talk to me [asks her if she's OK in Arabic]
Lamyaa: Yeah I'm okay. I was thinking. I want to take my hijab off.
Lamyaa's father: Sweetheart that's not my decision to make. That's no man's decision to make. If it's what you feel like you want to do, go ahead. I'll support you no matter what. Is everything okay? Did something happen?
Lamyaa's tweet got an insane amount of love on Twitter and managed to reach more than 300k likes and 150k retweets.
"I have gotten many heartwarming messages of people showing me support, but also of people wanting to learn more about Islam or wanting to be a part of it," she explains. "I felt like I could help in a way, and it was very humbling."
Lamyaa took this opportunity to educate people about Islam and rectify some misconceptions about the Hijab and the freedoms Muslim women have.
"Personally, being an Arab Muslim woman in America, these sort of hateful messages aren't uncommon," she explains.
"People believe that Islam is misogynistic, hateful, or violent, and I think that stems from their inability to differentiate culture and religion," she explains. "Islam is a religion and, like all religions, it is what you bring to it."
Then she added that she is well aware that some Muslim women are indeed forced to wear the Hijab, and that her tweet wasn't dismissing that fact at allvia:Twitter
"I wear my hijab because it is sacred to me," Lamyaa says. "It displays my connection to my faith and God. When I have the hijab on, I act kinder and I am more aware of what I say and do. This is because not only am I representing myself, but I am representing a faith much bigger than me."
"If I had one thing to say to people who have misconceptions about Islam, it would be: Speak to a Muslim," Lamyaa says.
"Have a conversation with a Muslim. Many of us are willing to answer any questions and clear up any misconceptions. Muslims are not some separate group. We are a part of America. We are people."
It doesn't help that when Trump was called in, he enforced a Muslim ban which ruined many lives. Check them out to see just how people were affected by this law.