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:
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)
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.