UCF Muslim Student Calls for Expulsion of Student Who Declined to Wear Hijab
It happened on “World Hijab Day.”
A Muslim student at the University of Central Florida, Rayyan Sukkarieh, grew enraged when another student, Kathy Zhu, refused her invitation to don a hijab in solidarity with supposedly oppressed Muslim women.
Sukkarieh took to Twitter to admonish Zhu: “You didn’t take the time to even ask questions or try to understand what Hijab is. That’s ignorant of you. You literally sprinted after taking the photos. Pathetic.” Sukkarieh added: “TWITTER DO YOUR THING. Let’s get this girl expelled….Ignorance will not be tolerated at my campus.”
Happily, UCF officials rejected this call to expel Zhu. That Sukkarieh made it at all, however, reveals the authoritarianism and coercion at the heart of both Leftism and Islam.
Sukkarieh’s demand is the problem many in the West have with the hijab in the first place -- wearing it is not a choice for all too many Muslim women, but rather a symbol of their oppression and subjugation.
Indeed, World Hijab Day is a sick farce in the first place. Muslim women all over the world are forced to wear the hijab and subjected to violence if they do not. Courageous women in the Islamic Republic of Iran are taking off their hijabs as a sign of resistance to the oppressive Sharia regime under which they live, and at least 29 women have been arrested for doing so.
Yet instead of recognizing reality, women in the U.S. are fed the false narrative that hijab-wearing women are actually being harassed and persecuted in the West -- and that standing in solidarity with them is feminist.
The harassment and persecution is more manufactured than real. Just weeks ago, an eleven-year-old girl in Toronto made international headlines with her claim that a man had followed her and cut her hijab with scissors. After an investigation, police concluded that the attack never happened.
Likewise, Yasmin Seweid, a Muslim teen who claimed in December 2016 that Trump supporters on a New York subway tore off her hijab and no one in the packed subway car helped her. She, too, gained international media attention, and she, too, made up the whole thing.
Shortly before that, a hijab-wearing Muslim student at San Diego State University also falsely claimed that she was assaulted by Trump supporters.
In July 2017, a Muslim in Britain falsely claimed that a man had pulled off her hijab in a “race hate attack.”
In November 2016, a University of Michigan Muslim student claimed she was “accosted by a white man who told her to remove her hijab or he would set her ablaze with a cigarette lighter.” She also fabricated the whole event.
Nonetheless, on World Hijab Day non-Muslim women all over the country wore hijabs in solidarity with Muslim women who are supposedly plagued by “Islamophobic” harassment.