Muslim groups in the US have launched social media campaigns to break the stereotypes about Muslim women, following Donald Trump's comments on Ghazala Khan — mother of slain American Muslim soldier Humayun Khan.
Scores of Muslim women fired back at Trump using the campaign's #CanYouHearUsNow hashtag, showcasing solidarity with the mother of the fallen hero to push back against Trump-like misconceptions.
The Muslim Public Affairs Council and other Muslim groups started the campaign, in efforts to shed light on the diversity and fortitude of Muslim women. According to the organisers, the campaign is slated to run until 10 August, the Politco reported.
"When I think of Muslim women, I think of all the beautiful women who are working hard every day to spread good and change the world for better," said executive director of the Muslim Student Association National and Central zone representative for Islamic Society of North America (Isna), Fatima Salman, the Daily Dot reported. "This campaign is designed to show Donald Trump and the rest of America this reality."
"When Trump bashed Ghazala Khan, many of us Muslim women activists were not only upset at his insensitive remarks toward a mother of a fallen hero, but also were thinking how he sure doesn't know how outspoken Muslim women are!" Salman added. "The hashtag was a direct response to...'You think we don't talk? Hear us now.'"
Trump's controversial remarks came after Ghazala Khan's husband Khizr Khan spoke at the DNC (Democratic National Convention) criticising the Republican presidential nominee and his inflammatory comments on minority groups in the US.
When asked to respond to Khizr Khan's DNC speech, Trump deflected attention to his wife, intimating that her silence may be a by-product of religious oppression. "If you look at his wife, she was standing there," he said. "She had nothing to say. She probably, maybe she wasn't allowed to have anything to say. You tell me."
Ghazala Khan later said she was asked by her husband if she too wanted to speak but declined as she was too disconsolate. "When Donald Trump is talking about Islam, he is ignorant. If he studied the real Islam and Koran, all the ideas he gets from terrorists would change, because terrorism is a different religion," she wrote in the Washington Post.