Hijab-wearing pharmacist stands up to bigot


Sana Rashid

A New York City pharmacist has stood her ground after being verbally attacked by a customer for wearing hijab.

Pix11 reporter Narmeen Choudhury posted on Facebook that family friend and pharmacist Sana Rashid was called a terrorist and told to “get out of his country” by the customer.

“She defended herself as best she could trying to explain she was an American and this is her country just as much as it is his,” wrote Choudhury.

“He still continued his awful verbal attack for minutes in front of other customers before he was finally kicked out of the store by another employee.”

Several days later, Rashid, who blogs on fashion and has worn the hijab since she was 14, received a letter from a customer who had seen the incident.

The customer said she was sorry Rashid had been attacked and praised her for “responding to him and defending yourself so eloquently.

“This Thanksgiving season, I’m thankful for you, for the wonderful work you do, and for inspiring me to find strength during these times of unrest in our world,” she wrote.

Rashid told PIX11 that the patient’s kind words meant a lot to her.

 

Image: Rashid’s blog, Mod-Hijabi.

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