My daughter is Jewish. Her best pal is Muslim. For Halloween they created a superhero team: The Juslims. I've rarely been more proud. Truly. pic.twitter.com/zqPCCwzshR— jeffpearlman (@jeffpearlman) October 30, 2016
At a time when the country is experiencing a wave of anti-Islamic sentiments and hate crimes against Muslims and Jews are at their peak, two teenagers in California are restoring the nation’s faith in humanity with their brilliant Halloween costumes.
Casey Pearlman and Yasmin Idris, both 13, are best friends and classmates in Laguna Niguel, Orange County. Since Casey is Jewish and Yasmin is Muslim, the duo decided to give their annual costume and inspirational spin by dressing up as a superhero team, “The Juslims.”
The glittery logo on their t-shirts read “JM” — abbreviation for Jewish-Muslim — along with a disclaimer saying, “Don’t worry, it’s not religious, it’s not offensive.”
Jeff Pearlman, Casey’s father, shared the photo of the superheroes on Twitter, which immediately went viral.
“There’s just so much hostility in the air and in this election season,” Pearlman told BuzzFeed. “This was just a refreshing, innocent reminder that we don’t have to be this way. We do not have to let this divisiveness take over right now.”
Casey and Yasmin not only won the Halloween, they won millions of hearts across the internet as well.
“I’m Muslim and she’s Jewish; I’m black and she’s white. I think it’s really empowering for people to see us as role models in saying let’s stop the war and to show equality between all people,” said Yasmin, recalling how some people thought their costumes were “racist” or “offensive.”
“We explained to them that it wasn’t, but we can’t change somebody’s mind,” the teenager added.
The display of interfaith harmony has even inspired a trending hashtag: #Juslims.
“I think a lot of people find it really interesting that kids are standing up against a lot of what’s happening in the media and the world right now,” said Casey, referring to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's hateful rhetoric against Muslims. “People were impressed that kids realize that and want to change something.”
In this atmosphere of hatred and bigotry, these teen superheroes serve as a beacon of light and hope.