So i sat there for a good 10 minutes before i started recording this, while i listened to this woman bad mouth muslims and call the lady sitting opposite me an ISIS supporter because she wore a scarf, then she told me to go join ISIS because i was sticking up for her. People like this make me sick. People who are so ignorant and disrespectful to other people who were clearly sitting there minding their own business. She was saying some pretty horrible and hurtful things before i spoke up then as soon as i started defending them she stopped. People need to stop judging and putting others down over religion! EVERY RELIGION HAS GOOD AND BAD but if you take it back to the foundations, every religion is also built on LOVE. To LOVE one another.The purpose of religion is to control yourself, not to criticise others.Posted by Stacey Eden on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Twenty three-year-old Stacey Eden was travelling on the Airport Line to her home in Mascot when she saw an elderly woman verbally berating a Muslim passenger from wearing a headscarf. The woman brought up the incidents of Christian massacre in Kenya and labeled the quiet commuters “ISIS terrorists.”
Not being able to withstand the verbal abuse, Eden decided to interfere and gave the raving woman a piece of her mind. She even recorded some of the incident and posted the video on her Facebook page.
“She wears it because she wants to be modest with her body, not because of people like you who are going to sit there and disrespect her,” says Eden in the footage. “[ISIS] is not her doing it. That is a minority of people. Not a majority of people OK?”
However, the older woman continued her tirade and told her to shut up, to which a fuming Eden replied with: “No, you shut your mouth. You've got nothing nice to say, don't say anything, simple.”
The young woman has received a positive reaction on social media.
A young Australian by the name of #StaceyEden defends a muslim women verbally attacked on a syd train. Hats off to her & all decent Ozzies.— Jamil El-biza (@Jamil_Elbiza) April 16, 2015
Stacey Eden stands up for a Muslim woman on Sydney train "She was picking on her for the way she was dressed & that's what really got to me"— Mohamed Taha (@Mo_Taha1) April 16, 2015
Unfortunately, this is just the latest in the series of similar Islamophobic incidents in Australia. Last month, a Muslim woman was reportedly shoved, kicked and called names on a jam packed Sydney train while other commuters decided to stay silent and not intervene.