By Bassel Barakat
A Muslim call center has received more than 200 hate calls in a week for commencing a campaign to raise awareness against negative stereotypes about hijabs and Islam.
The Islamic Center of North America’s Dallas, Texas branch (INCA) and sister organization GainPeace claimed that their hotline has received more than 200 hate calls in a week for starting a campaign to raise awareness against negative stereotypes about hijabs and Islam.
Dr. Sabeel Ahmed, director of the GainPeace call center and a representative of INCA Dallas said that out of the first 200 calls the call center received 180 were hate calls
“I have never been abused the way I’m getting abused now,” one of the operators told Ahmed.
“They could try on a hijab for a day. They asked us questions on why we wear it and what rights Muslim women have,” Ruman Sadiq represents the Islamic Center of North America Dallas and GainPeace said. “It was amazing how much positive feedback we received and how little people knew about our faith.”
The aim of the campaign was to crystallize the hijab as a symbol of empowerment and not repression. However, the response was a trauma.
GainPeace call center received more hate calls “than from any billboard in the last 12 years of GainPeace’s campaigns,” according to Dr. Sabeel Ahmed,
According to Fox4News, Call center employees touch on several talking points when responding to these hateful callers:
Muslims are not new to the USA – living here for around 500 years.
Muslims are Americans as much as anyone else.
Muslim women wearing the hijab of their own choice, not forced by anyone – freedom of choice.
If Christians can have billboards about Jesus, why cannot Muslims on hijabs.
Hijab (modest clothing) is also found in Judaism and Christianity and was worn by Mary (mother of Jesus), Mother Teresa and Catholic nuns.