Why a Muslim teen hides her religion

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By Brett Martin

When I heard a story about a teenager in our area who’s reluctant to reveal that she’s Muslim because she’s worried about being harassed, it bothered me for several days. No one should have to hide their religion, or any other beliefs or personal attributes, to accommodate others or to avoid bullying.

I asked the person who told me the story if she’d put me in touch with the young lady so I could write about her experience. Long story short, I was able to interview her on the condition I wouldn’t divulge her identity. She’s worried that if people find out she’s Muslim, they’ll treat her differently.

She’s a second-generation American. Her mother legally immigrated to the U.S. with her family from the Middle East, works hard, makes an honest living, and enjoys the American dream. You wouldn’t know she’s Muslim by meeting her — just as you wouldn’t know most people’s religion by meeting them — and it shouldn’t matter anyway.

She has a common American name, a bubbly personality, dresses in typical teenage clothing, does not wear a hijab, and stands for the Pledge of Allegiance. And she wants to be free from prejudice and bias.

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  1. I am afraid I heard a story out of Karachi, Pakistan, where Ahmadi youth are not going to the Ahmadi Mosque (or whatever they are calling it in Pakistan these days) for fear of the neighbours. Terrible. There are others of course who would prefer to die in the Ahmadi Mosque rather than miss a prayer.

  2. One should be proud of oneself and one’s beliefs. Having the strength of character to stand up for our beliefs is something that should be taught children, so they can strand up against such attitude from the wider public!

    Parents are to blame for this as they themselves do not have the courage for following their convictions and therefore end up having children following suit….

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