Parents play an undeniable role in the lives of their children. Because of this, strong parenting skills and lots of support are needed in the very early stages of childhood development. Most of our beliefs, morals, and values are shaped by our parents; we even tend to follow in their footsteps (in what seems like synchronicity).
However, there are instances where children end up being vastly different from their parents. Once they are more mature with a better understanding of the world around them, children (or teenagers, rather) may desire to abandon the more traditional values of their predecessors and incorporate more modern values into their own lives.
One muslim girl decided to do just that; the support she received from her father is truly heartwarming.
When Lamyaa, a Muslim American teen, started receiving hateful messages that attacked her faith and her hijab, the traditional head covering for Muslim women, one message in particular prompted a response from her.
The stranger’s message read, ” Stop defending Islam B*tch shutup you couldn’t take that scarf off or your dad would beat your a**.”
The message got Lamyaa thinking, so she texted her father with her thoughts. Her father’s response was full of support, encouraging her to do what she felt was right.
“Sweetheart that’s not my decision to make,” said Lamyaa’s father. “That’s no man’s decision to make.”
Lamyaa uploaded her father’s heartwarming response to Twitter in an attempt to defend her faith and shed light on the truth concerning her family’s traditions.
Backed in Beliefs
It is a common misconception among many Americans that Muslim men are oppressive to their female counterparts, stripping away their freedoms and even in some instances abusing them physically and mentally in the name of religion.
This act of acceptance dispels the misconception that all Muslim parents are so rigid and unwavering in their beliefs that they are unwilling to support their children’s decisions to modify their traditional practices.