Another woman clad in a hijab and this time donning a Qur'an attended a recent Donald Trump rally to see for herself if the GOP candidate's supporters are the racist caricatures they've been painted as. To Kaddie Abdul's surprise, they are not.
The woman was brave enough to speak out about her experience at the Trump rally and tell the truth about Trump supporters in an opinion column for the Guardian. Key excerpts from Abdul's piece follow below:
After Rose Hamid’s horrifying experience at Trump’s rally on Friday in South Carolina, many people might wonder how I survived a Trump rally wearing a bright-orange headscarf while holding a giant Qur’an – or why I went at all.
I went because I firmly believe that Hamid was on the right path: it is important for people to stand up peacefully for the right things, even if we are confronted with physical and verbal intimidation. It is important to give people that may not have ever met or interacted with a Muslim an opportunity to meet her and learn about Islam from someone that actually practices it. And it is important, at a time when people like me too often face discrimination and hatred living our daily lives, to be polite, and yet be visible and present when we are the subject of political speeches.
And nothing bad happened to me at the rally: there were some hard stares and dirty looks, but no outright rude behavior. I spoke to several lovely people and had the type of informative and substantive discourse that one should expect at a political event.
Abdul went on to state that, as a guest at the rally, she had a "duty" to the people there to "be a good guest." She said that, in return, she "felt like they were good hosts."
And whether they engaged me directly or not, many of them had to acknowledge the presence of someone who disagreed with them, but who did not fit their stereotypes by being disagreeable.Yes, what I did could have been dangerous: the Trump campaign, like many movements, has been dogged by its share of mischief makers. The thugs and bullies who have hurt other dissenters are a small, but very real, part of the ultra-nationalism that vague, implausible rhetoric like Trump’s attracts.
But it was worth the risk to me to show them that their insecurities about Muslims were unfounded. It was worth it to humanize Muslims for them. And it was worth it, to me, to recognize their humanity, too.
The point of the article proves that too often events are staged -- like Ahmed the clock boy or Rose Hamid's attendance of a previous Trump rally. Trouble makers go out of their way to stir up problems and then point the finger afterwards to declare themselves victims of racism. Kaddie Abdul showed a different side of the story.
While carrying a Qur'an around a Trump rally was certainly provocative in its own right (and in honesty, many would probably look with curiosity if not suspicion on anyone at a political rally even if they were simply carrying a Bible), the woman acted respectfully and was in turn treated with respect -- far from the narrative the Left would like the country to believe.