Answering absurd questions and refuting ridiculous assumptions is second nature to Muslims living in the West.
Insufficient representation and negative portrayals of Islam in the media often leaves many non-Muslims with little knowledge of basic Islamic teachings. This has given rise to Islamophobia, fueled hate crimes and asserted degrading stereotypes.
But, on a lighter note, it has led to quirky incidents in which people’s ignorance simply cracks you up … Like those questions you just can’t get yourself to answer without resorting to sarcasm, and the incidents that leave you unsure whether to laugh or cry.
We’ve all heard things like, “Do you shower with your hijab on?” and “You’re Muslim, so you must be Arab”, but here are times people took it to a whole new level:
When someone thought hajj was a concert
Please don’t try this with strangers, especially closet Islamophobes.
When this guy asked how Muslims reproduce
When this girl assumed Hijabis never wash their hair
When this Muslim accidentally led a yoga class … while praying
Well, those women weren’t really that far off. Muslim prayer is actually quite similar to yoga positions.
When the adhan was music to people’s ears
When this guy freestyled al-Fatiha
When your friends think suhoor is a person