While many celebrate Donald Trump's victory, an uncountable number of Americans, including several American Muslim women who wear hijab are now scared for their safety.
Last year Trump called for a ban on all Muslims. Hate crimes have doubled since then with a rise in Islamophobia. Acts of discrimination, harassment and violence are making it challenging for Muslims to go about their daily lives.
American Muslim women are scared of the possible outcomes they may have to encounter now that Trump has won.
Followers of Islam have posted various messages on social media about their fears.
Okay so which hijabi blogger is going to release the "how to make your hijab look like hair for going out in America" tutorial?— Ascia∞AKF (@Ascia_AKF) November 9, 2016
I've worn a hijab since 7th grade w/ no major issues.— S (@Sohaylalala) November 9, 2016
Then Trump ran for prez and I've been verbally assaulted 3x in the past 30 days 🤔 pic.twitter.com/2A9sbjmih1
I'm scared that today will be the last day I felt somewhat safe wearing my hijab. https://t.co/C29V7GGOXj— Blair Imani (@BlairImani) November 9, 2016
As a Muslim woman who wears the hijab and lives in New York City, I am so freaking scared for my safety and the safety of my family https://t.co/E9XPdLL2uc— Asia (@yoitsaxia) November 9, 2016
Some even faced discrimination while they were out to vote.
While in line at the poll:— Sireen (@Sususireen) November 8, 2016
Are you from India?
No. I'm from here.
Oh. So what's that thing? *points at hijab*
"Muslim go back home" shouted at my friend's 50+ year old, head-scarved mother outside of Fresno, CA #IslamophobiaAtPolls— Khaled Beydoun (@KhaledBeydoun) November 8, 2016
Standing in line to vote this morning — got asked how long I plan on staying in “our country”. #IslamophobiaAtPolls— Jana Al-Akhras (@thealakhras) November 8, 2016
Today, leaving my home with my hijab on will be the greatest act of bravery I have yet done. What a shame.— Sameena Hameed (@SameenaHameena) November 9, 2016
The harassment started soon after Trump's victory in the presidential election.
Family members and friends are increasingly advising their loved ones to stay safe by not going out alone while wearing the hijab.
My mom literally just texted me "don't wear the Hijab please" and she's the most religious person in our family....— ㅤ (@harryonmen) November 9, 2016
muslim friends plz don't wear hijabs publicly. after brexit hate crime rose 40% in uk, ppl get more bold when they've been shown favored— nathanial clearwater (@stiffening) November 9, 2016
If you don't feel safe to wear hijab in your area, please reach out to a friend/have a call-buddy/don't walk alone whenever you're out.— Narjis Naqvi (@narjisfn) November 9, 2016
I am afraid for my country but I recognize my Muslim friends are afraid for their lives and the lives of their children.— (((Wil Gafney))) (@WilGafney) November 9, 2016
But many women are not ready to take off their veils at any cost.
To all the hijabis who are scared to wear hijab remember Allah has protected you from anything bad. Don't let a piece of shit stop you— Sami (@vibeswithsami) November 9, 2016
I am not going to take off my hijab, I'm just going to tie it tighter.— kat (@whackkat) November 9, 2016
I'm not going to sacrifice a part of me to adhere to your ignorance.
Other U.S. citizens, not just Muslims, who still can’t accept Trump’s victory, are in solidarity with their Muslim friends.
Imagine telling Muslim women they're overreacting for being scared to wear hijab 😕— her (@herjamila) November 9, 2016
please don't be bystanders to violence toward muslim women that wear hijabs. I know I won't be.— kyra (@kyrageous) November 9, 2016
The fact that muslim women are having to consider not wearing hijabs for their own safety is fucking terrifying— kyra (@akkindaddy) November 9, 2016
can't believe muslim women have to remove their hijabs just to be safe , they shouldn't have to and it makes me so upset i'm so sorry— caterina (@GILINSKYLUH) November 9, 2016
My Muslim student was sitting in class today with a hoodie over her hijab and when I realized this I had a hard time not crying on the spot— Sam[antha] (@superfluoussam) November 9, 2016
Although things look bleak for the American Muslims, there was some positive news for them, when America elected its first Somali-Muslim lawmaker, who was a former refugee and had been subjected to hate crime and religious intolerance. But the rising Islamophobia did not stop her from pursuing her goals.