Non-Muslim students formed a protective circle.
Just days after the election, a Muslim student at the University of Michigan was approached by a stranger who ordered her to remove her hijab under threat that he would set her on fire.
According to Nusayba Tabbah, the internal vice president of the school's Muslim Students' Association, this was not an isolated event, but rather, an acceleration of an anti-Muslim climate on campus.
In response, the school's Muslim students decided to reclaim their space on campus — a reminder that they have the same right to be there as any other student.
MSA program committee member Rami Ebrahim suggested the group gather to pray one of their five daily prayers, ishaa, in public. In doing so, the community would be making a powerful statement, letting those who seek to antagonize them know that they will not be bullied into hiding who they are and what they believe.