Hundreds of Muslim women all over the world refused to stay silent after Donald Trump attacked Gold Star mother Ghazala Khan for remaining silent at last week’s Democratic National Convention.
Khan stood beside her husband, Khizr, who talked about their fallen son, a U.S. soldier who died in the Iraq war, and was so emotionally distraught she was unable to speak. However, Trump, as his wont, exploited the poor woman’s emotions to fulfill his own Islamophobic and misogynistic agenda and claimed perhaps she was not allowed to speak out because of her religion.
While Khan quickly denied Trump’s words and revealed the real reason behind her reticence, Muslims activists quickly rallied behind the heartbroken mother under the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow and called on other women of the faith to dispel the misconception about Islam.
Instantly, social media was a blur with female Muslim veterans, Ph.D.s, athletes, public speakers, politicians, lawyers, doctors and others belonging to all walks of life.
Some women thought Trump should be reminded of the fact that Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is also a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.
We raise Nobel Peace Prize winners, we are Nobel Peace Prize winners. #CanYouHearUsNow— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) August 1, 2016
The women used the hasthag to reject Trump’s stereotype of them and showed how they receive respect from Muslim men in their lives.
I became a journalist to pursue transparency to clarify misrepresentations. Misrepresentations that u shamelessly create. #CanYouHearUsNow— Noor Wazwaz (@nfwazwaz) August 1, 2016
The trending hastag is powerful testament for the female empowerment Islam provides in the Muslim community.
Check out the video above to see what intelligent, educated Muslim women have to say to Trump.