A young woman has created a guide on how people should respond in situations where Muslims are being targeted by Islamophobes.
Marie-Shirine Yener said she was “glad my guide on responding to Islamophobia went viral”.
“We always rely on some sort of a ‘bridge’, a more familiar, non-Muslim person like me and I wish we didn’t have to.”
Extremists in the UK have dubbed 3 April ‘Punish a Muslim Day’.
But many non-Muslims are using the hashtag ‘#WeStandTogether to express solidarity with Muslims.
Among other things, Yener’s the guide recommends ignoring the abuser, approaching the victim of the Islamophobic attack and engaging them in conversation.
This is the guide:
- Engage in conversation
- Pick a random subject and start discussing it
- Keep building the safe space
- Keep the conversation until the attacker leaves and escort them to a safe place if necessary