I'm not a religious person, and although I was born Muslim, and was a pretty serious practitioner for a really long time, I'm not anymore.
I've got my own person views on religion, specifically Abrahamic ones, but I don't have a problem with those who want to practice it staunchly so long as it doesn't impede the freedoms of others. I grew up with people who were super into Islam (I was too,) and for the most part, they're just like every other person who wants to have a decent job, get married, and live a comfortable life.
But I recognize there's a certain amount of animosity towards Muslims in America, and much of it comes from horror stories in third world countries where men treat women without equality or respect.
So when people started celebrating Muslim Women's Day, it turned a lot of heads.
People started sharing empowering stories and images of Muslim women — like Malala Yousafzai, the young woman who stood up to the Taliban — on social media and participating in marches and community events to honor the day.
Many Muslim women were excited about the holiday.
However, there were a lot of people on Twitter who were to quick to criticize the first ever Muslim Women's Day.
Along with Islam in general.
Some acted like the Quran's the only religious text that has questionable and backwards verses pertaining to women.
While others pointed out the blatant hypocrisy of current Muslim nations.
Others claimed to know more about American Muslim women than American Muslim women themselves.
Which, many American Muslim women disagreed with.
But mostly, people celebrated the day.
Happy Muslim Women's Day, ladies. Rock on.
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