This Muslim Lady Took Some Hilarious Photos In Front Of An Anti-Muslim Protest

"I smiled in the face of bigotry and walked away feeling the greatest form of accomplishment."

Cover image via ShaymaaDarling/Twitter

Meet 24-year-old Shaymaa Ismaa'eel

She is a behavioural therapist for children with autism from the Washington DC area.

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Black, Muslim, Woman. I’m a triple threat.

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Recently, Shaymaa went viral for her attitude in the face of bigotry

On Sunday, 21 April, while attending an Islamic conference in Washington DC, Shaymaa passed by a group of angry men holding signs against Islam.

According to the Guardian, the men were shouting that she and her friends were going to hell. In response, she crouched in front of them and flashed a peace sign.

Shaymaa says she wanted them to see "how happy I was to be me"

I wanted them to see the smile on my face, and see how happy I was to be me and walk around being a Muslim woman.
Shaymaa Ismaa'eel.

"I wanted to show them that we are going to remain kind and unapologetic, and continue to spread love in the face of bigotry," she said, as reported by the Guardian.

A second photo she posed for, in which she flashed her tongue.

Image via ShaymaaDarling/Twitter

Shaymaa's photos have since gone viral

On Instagram, her post has been liked over 200K times.

And on Twitter, where Shaymaa shared a set of three photos that she posed for in front of the protesters, her post has been retweeted over 65k times.

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