Prejudice often stems from a lack of understanding, and a fear of the unknown. That's why educating ourselves on other races, cultures and religions is so important.
Isra Mohammed, a 15-year-old Muslim student from Kenton School in England, addressed Islamophobia with a powerful speech at her school's assembly. Mohammed might be just a teen, but her words are mighty powerful and important to hear.
"I am Muslim and I am proud," Mohammed says in her speech.
"Islam is a beautiful religion, just like many others. It's a religion of peace and mercy."
"As a Muslim, I use the word 'As-Salaam-Alaikum' every day of my life. It's a wish for the other person to be blessed with peace."
"This is what it means to be a Muslim [...]"
"I have a 7-year-old sister. She came home from school last Monday, crying. When I asked why, she said to me, 'People are blaming me in school for the Paris attacks.' "
People link us to terrorism, but we are not terrorists. They have hijacked our religion and used it against us."
Watch Mohammed's entire speech in the video below.
Pretty powerful stuff.
(H/T: Mashable )