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From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Muslim in Orlando


“Leave your religion – it’s violent!” That’s what a man yelled to Farhana Yunus and her daughter as they were with a Girl Scout troop in Mount Dora. “Go back to where you came from!” he barked at them. The words brought Yunus’ 10-year-old daughter to tears. When she replied, “Have a nice day,” the man shot back, “I’ll have a nice day when you leave.” Yunus, who is Muslim, says the recent political rhetoric directed at her religion has been hard to take. But rather than shrink into the background, she and her husband have made it a point to reach out and be more visible in their community. Last month, the Oviedo couple hosted a meet-and-greet barbecue for …
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Mohammad Akhtar, president of Muslim Council of America, orlandoweekly.com
From the Pages of Orlando Weekly

Local Muslims gathered to share their thoughts and fears with the public.


Two weeks after the shooting in San Bernardino California, in which a couple thought to have been inspired by ISIS killed 14 people, local Muslims gathered to share their thoughts and fears with the public. A group, which included U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson and Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings, listened as men and women talked about feeling threatened, bullied or looked at with suspicion. One woman said she was afraid to wear her hijab out in public after the San Bernardino shootings. A 17-year-old girl, who has lived in the United States her entire life, said she has a hard time making friends at school. Over and over again, Muslim Americans are asked to prove their humanity and that they …
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