Answering absurd questions and refuting ridiculous assumptions is second nature to Muslims living in non-Muslim communities, especially 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 us up … that is, after triggering an eye-roll, a long hopeless sigh and the occasional face-palm.
I’m talking about the 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 8 times people took it to a whole other level:
Well, those women weren’t really that far off. Several movements in Islamic prayer are actually similar to yoga positions, and prayer itself aims at meditation.
It’s the latest hit single ft. Sheikh Khalifa.
Another Twitter user asked “What’s up with the Mecca concert?” … sarcastic replies ensued.
WHEN 2 CHAINZ WORE A HIJAB IN DUBAI IM CRYING ICONIC pic.twitter.com/BYCVB7SVqk
You hear that, Marine Le Pen? That’s protocol!
“So do you like speak Muslim?”
“Muslim isn’t a language..” pic.twitter.com/ZF3DoIVrGr
This probably comes from the same people who use Arab and Muslim interchangeably.
Who knew the Qur’an can impress foreigners? But, kids, please don’t try this with strangers, especially closet Islamophobes.
We just make lots of du’aa praying for babies, that’s how we have the highest fertility rate in the world.
Well, when you’ve heard people refer to the hijab as ‘towel’ and ‘rag’, ‘Allah hat’ sounds impressively accurate.