Amiirah Salleh-Hoddin

July 11, 2017

“The first time I really got struck with the necessity of being involved in interfaith cooperation was during a trip to Stockholm on a ferry-boat. At that time, my Finnish was at a minimum level and I didn’t have enough practice to respond or react efficiently. I was wandering around the boat with my friends when a man verbally assaulted me. My Finnish friends, who weren’t even Muslims themselves yet were outraged by this attitude, gathered around me to protect me and answer back. Moments later they decided to collectively wear the Hijab to show how much a piece of cloth around my head was nothing to be afraid of. I felt loved and and accepted wholeheartedly for who I am. I hope that I can make people feel the same way by my actions and words.”