One young girl has taken to Facebook to share her views following the recent controversial comments made by Donald Trump regarding ID cards for Muslims.

He suggested registering all Muslims onto a separate database, forcing them to carry special ID cards, and carrying out extra surveillance on mosques.

In an interview with Yahoo News, regarding his push for increased surveillance of American Muslims, Trump said: ‘We’re going to have to do things that we never did before.

And some people are going to be upset about it, but I think that now everybody is feeling that security is going to rule.’

Marwa Balkar, 22, a young Muslim girl from Corona, California, has taken Trump’s views into consideration, and has decided put her own personal span on his proposed rules.

By creating her own ID badge, Marwa is representing every aspect of what she feels represents her Islam.

In an open letter to Trump, Marwa says:

Dear @realdonaldtrump,

My name is Marwa, and I am a muslim.

I heard you wanted us to start wearing ID badges, so I decided to choose one for myself. I am not easily identifiable as a #Muslim just by looking at me, so my new badge will let me display proudly who I am.

I chose the peace sign because it represents my #Islam. The one that taught me to oppose #injustice and yearn for #unity. The one that taught me that killing one innocent life is equivalent to killing humanity.

I heard you want to track us as well. Great! You can come with me on my Cancer Awareness walks at the local middle school, or you can follow me to work where it’s my job to create happiness.

You can also see how my local mosque makes PB&J sandwiches for the homeless and hosts interfaith dinners where everyone is welcome.

Maybe then, you’ll see that me being Muslim doesn’t make me any less American than you are.

Maybe if you walk in my footsteps, you can see that I am not any less human than you are.

Salaamu alaikum (Peace be unto you)

#NotInMyName #FightWithPeace

This young woman picks out and exemplifies everything that is wrong with Trump’s xenophobic rhetoric. ISIS represents a fraction of a percentage of the worldwide Muslim population and does not speak for the vast majority either in the Middle East or elsewhere.

Marwa Balkar’s post has gone viral with thousands of likes and over a hundred thousand shares and with celebrities like Mark Zuckerberg featuring the post, it’s sure to get even more attention.

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4 comments

  1. What most people don’t reaslise is that the majority of Isis victims are in fact Muslims. They have blown up mosques and have murdered 1000’s of Muslims. The media only report when Isis kills non muslims.

  2. She says a fraction. I don`t call 250000000 to 300000000 muslim extremists a fraction. I call it a bloody big army.

  3. Hallo Marwa, you claim to be this peaceful religion and caring for all ,but do you go out to the Christian communities and offer you help there —no you do not.You claim to invite them to you ,what a laugh.You despise them,look at the broken cross you are wearing.It is the symbol that denounces Our Saviour Jesus Christ.Your mosques are the hiding place of your so called liberators ,but in a fact they are just killers that use your mosque as a hiding place. And use the cry baby attitude if someone wants to investigate your mosque. You cry like a pig going to the slaughterhouse –sorry I can not say that then I am a bad person. But we are called INFIDELS AND WHO KNOWS WHAT !!!! Why do you not spend all your time in denouncing what your believers ,if one can call them that ,are doing to the Christians and other religions in the middle east. Your religion has made its own name bad. The way they operate are horrendous. So stop going on on the internet about how good you lot are . Action speaks louder than words. Peace to you in the name of My savoir JESUS CHRIST.

  4. Brilliant response Ms Balkar. I am not Muslim. Neither am I Christian or Jewish. I have friends from all religions and to be honest, the most giving, caring and non-judgemental of them all are Muslim. The biggest hypocrites, the most judgemental, intolerant of my friends are those who call themselves Christians. How quickly the world seems to have forgotten about the atrocities carried out by ‘Christians’ throughout history. Ironically, those who are so comfortable and confident with their moral superiority are the ones spreading hatred and violence…

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