LONDON The world has woken up to the news that Donald Trump has been elected president of the United States.
While many are celebrating Trump’s victory right now, some Muslim women are expressing fear that they may be targeted by hate crime.
In December 2015, Trump called for a total ban on Muslims entering the U.S., making reference to claims some American Muslims support violence against the United States.
Many have taken to social media to warn Muslim women not to wear the hijab, niqab or burka in public, citing the 41 percent rise in race and religious hate crimes following the Brexit referendum on European Union membership.
Some people have shared the advice given to them by family members. One Muslim woman in the U.S. tweeted that her mother had texted her advising her not to wear the hijab in public.
My mom literally just texted me “don’t wear the Hijab please” and she’s the most religious person in our family….
(@harryonmen) November 9, 2016
Some gave advice to those who don’t feel safe to wear the hijab in their area.
If you don’t feel safe to wear hijab in your area, please reach out to a friend/have a call-buddy/don’t walk alone whenever you’re out.
Narjis Naqvi (@narjisfn) November 9, 2016
Others took to Twitter to warn about a potential rise in hate crime following the election.
muslim friends plz don’t wear hijabs publicly. after brexit hate crime rose 40% in uk, ppl get more bold when they’ve been shown favored
nathanial clearwater (@stiffening) November 9, 2016
Others have urged people not to stand by if they see any violence directed towards Muslim women.
please don’t be bystanders to violence toward muslim women that wear hijabs. I know I won’t be.
kyra (@kyrageous) November 9, 2016
Their fears have sparked an outpouring of support and solidarity on Twitter.
I am afraid for my country but I recognize my Muslim friends are afraid for their lives and the lives of their children.
(((Wil Gafney))) (@WilGafney) November 9, 2016
I was ok this morning until I saw tweets saying that Allah would forgive Muslim women is they’re too scare to wear hijabs & now I’m sobbing
kit cat (@KainesCat) November 9, 2016
The fact that muslim women are having to consider not wearing hijabs for their own safety is fucking terrifying
kyra (@akkindaddy) November 9, 2016
can’t believe muslim women have to remove their hijabs just to be safe , they shouldn’t have to and it makes me so upset i’m so sorry
caterina (@GILINSKYLUH) November 9, 2016