By Carly Stern For Dailymail. A photo of a young woman in a hijab flashing a peace sign in front of anti-Muslim protesters is going viral and inspiring messages of hope and kindness. Kill 'em with kindness! Proud: She posted the pictures on Twitter and wrote, 'On April 21st I smiled in the face of bigotry and walked away feeling the greatest form of accomplishment'. Shaymaa, who works as a behavioral therapist for children with autism, told BuzzFeed that most other people at the convention were getting upset about the protesters standing directly outside the building. The men, one of whom was wearing a shirt that read 'You Need Jesus,' also held up signs with all-caps messages. The blood from Jesus is given as ransom for all mankind. Shaymaa said that when she first passed by them on Saturday to head into the convention — which featured speakers, shopping, food, a 'kids' wonderland,' entertainment, and even a basketball competition — she simply made sure they saw her face while she walked by. All smiles: Earlier that day, she showed the same good mood while posing for a picture outside.
That tweet included photos of Shaymaa, a year-old who works with children on the autism spectrum in schools, posing and smiling in front of a group of protestors with signs attacking Islam and the prophet Muhammad. For an African-American Muslim woman in a hijab, it was a flex of epic proportions. The tweet blew up; it now has over , likes, and 65, retweets, and people have said it belongs in a museum or could really sauce up a history textbook. On Instagram, one of the photos Shaymaa posted got over , likes. Shaymaa told Teen Vogue the photo is from her trip to Washington, D. Protesters were there with Islamophobic signs targeting the gathering and the viral photo op that Shaymaa seized came as she was participating in the conference.
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I was thinking the same thing when I read this. Today, at my ward sacrament meeting, in the back section of the chapel where I was sitting, all the women except one were Mormon wives in interfaith families. It did not go well. Should I bare the pain of being separated from him Which will hurt a lotor do I carry on hoping one day it gets better. You can't reason with fanatics, and you got one. But please also know that the people who love you are hoping you make the right decision because they want you to be happy.