Lamyaa is a 17-year-old high school student from Pennsylvania who wears a traditional hijab as required by her Muslim faith.
Recently, she was participating in a group chat with some friends when the subject of Donald Trump came up. “I personally had very strong views considering the presidency did impact me because I am an Arab, Muslim woman,” she told BuzzFeed News.
After Lamyaa criticized Trump’s policies, a “friend of a friend” in the group chat started spewing hate speech. He commented that she “couldn’t take that scarf off or [her] dad would beat” her. Oh, he also called her a bitch.
Most of us would’ve taken this opportunity to furiously unleash an ALL CAPS tirade against this bigot. Lamyaa instead used it as an opportunity to educate. First, she reached out to her dad, who lives in Saudi Arabia, and asked him about potentially removing her hijab. This was his wonderful, moving response:
“Sweetheart that’s not my decision to make,” he wrote. “That’s no man’s decision to make. If it’s what you feel like you want to do, go ahead. I’ll support you no matter what.”
The teen later explained she doesn’t actually plan to remove her hijab.
And Twitter is fully supportive.
And many are praising her dad for being the greatest of all time.
This story was first published on Someecards