The Hijabi on Westminster Bridge Tells her Story
The photo of a Muslim woman wearing Hijab and walking by a group of people tending to a victim of the London attack was widely shared on social media. Several people used the photo as an opportunity to attack Islam by claiming the Muslim lady didn’t care about the victims of the attack.
Muslim woman pays no mind to the terror attack, casually walks by a dying man while checking phone#PrayForLondon #Westminster #BanIslam pic.twitter.com/B83Jwno65t— Texas Lone Star (@SouthLoneStar) March 22, 2017
On Saturday, 25 March 2017, the Muslim woman spoke out and said that before the photographer took that picture she had tried to help victims and that she was in a state of extreme shock. In a statement to TellMAMA (an organisation which tracks nti-Muslim attacks in the UK) she said that she was “shocked and totally dismayed at how a picture of me is being circulated on social media.” and continued “To those individuals who have interpreted and commented on what my thoughts were in that horrific and distressful moment, I would like to say not only have I been devastated by witnessing the aftermath of a shocking and numbing terror attack, I’ve also had to deal with the shock of finding my picture plastered all over social media by those who could not look beyond my attire, who draw conclusions based on hate and xenophobia.”
The photographer who took the picture told the Guardian newspaper “We were all being told to clear the bridge at various stages, so it’s not unreasonable to think she’d been told to leave the bridge at some point just like everybody else.”