A young Muslim woman from Corona, California, decided she would take up Donald Trump on his call for American Muslims to wear some form of identification showing their religious affiliation, and the letter she wrote and posted on Facebook has gone viral.
Marwa Balkar posted her response letter last week, and since then it has garnered more than half a million “likes” on Facebook, including one from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
And the identifying mark Balkar chose to proudly wear on her shirt? A peace symbol.
Balkar told a local TV station:
“We are still Americans, and I feel like if he’s running to be the leader of our nation, he shouldn’t be alienating us.”
In her Facebook posting, Balkar wrote:
“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. 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.”
Since her social media letter was placed on Facebook, Balkar says she has received positive responses from around the world. One woman wrote and told her:
“Marwa you have more love and compassion and integrity in your heart than Donald Trump has and we can only pray that one day his eyes and ears will be opened to the truth. Good on you for being a remarkable human being Bless you heaps.”
Marwa Balkar has just shown all of us how to best counter hatred and fear: With love, kindness, and creativity.
This article was originally published by the same author at LiberalAmerica.org.