Guard To Niqab-Wearing Muslim Woman In Jersey Mall: “You Cannot Wear That Mask In Here”
Wakeelah Salaam, a native-born American Muslim, says she felt threatened when approached by security at Bridgewater Commons mall.
“He said, Maam, Im telling you, you cannot wear that mask in here,” Salaam told ABC. Salaam said she felt so uncomfortable she eventually called the police. After speaking to police, she left the mall.
“He came as close to me as though he was going to kiss me,” she said. And then he made the hand gesture like he was going to lift it up for me.
Salaam regularly wears a face covering, a hijab, or headscarf, and a long dress in public, leaving only her eyes exposed, the ABC reported
Some women choose to wear the scarf so men don’t judge them by their appearance.
“This is a protection for me,” Salaam told ABC. “This is my honor.