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After Man Lights Muslim Woman on Fire, Wearing Hijab “Has Become Act of Courage”

HeadlineSep 14, 2016

And in New York City, police are looking for a man who lit a Muslim woman on fire as she was shopping in Manhattan wearing traditional religious clothing. On Saturday, the Scottish tourist was standing on Fifth Avenue, when she realized her shirt was on fire. A man was standing next to her with a lighter in hand. Police say the incident may have been a hate crime. It came only days before Eid al-Adha, one of the holiest days for Muslims. In response, Linda Sarsour, co-founder of the Muslim Democratic Club of New York, wrote: “As a Muslim woman, not only is wearing my religious headscarf in public an act of faith, but it has become an act of courage.” The United States has seen a surge of attacks against Muslim Americans over the last year.

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