In order to defend Muslim students, several hundred students of different faiths along with the faculty of University of Michigan gathered to form a protective circle.
The move came in response to a Muslim student being threatened for wearing hijab in the university. After receiving news of this, hundreds showed up to stand guard in a protective circle around the Muslim students who had gathered to offer Isha prayers in the main square of the university.
The Isha prayers were organized by the Muslim Student Association of the University. The president of the club, Farhan Ali, explained that they wanted the group to show they were proud to be Muslim.
Some individuals were afraid that we might be vulnerable during our prayer, so we had the idea of calling allies to support us and create a circle around us while we prayed and they ensured our safety, – Said Ali.
But he hadn’t anticipated a such a gathering to begin with. He was surprised to see so many Muslim students along with the other communities showed up.
Hundreds and hundreds of people came out for both prayer and showing their support. The amount of support was overwhelming and absolutely wonderful, and it brought some ease to the Muslim students [and] showed that we have other individuals who are willing to stand with us.
Students came with signs held in hands
According to a spokesperson, several hundred students from different faiths came with signs in their hands that read ‘ You Belong Here’. The group was surprised to see the support given it was a really gold night.
But they are glad that events like these are giving hope to Muslims who are fearing for their well being after Trump won the recent elections.
Intimidation, hate acts and other forms of misconduct against Muslims are on the high, especially after Donald Trump won the presidential election.
Donald Trump had vowed to ban Muslims from America. This has now turned into an extreme removal of people who are immigrants.
One of his proposals were also posted on his official website suggesting a complete ban on Muslims.
Via Huffington Post