Good and bad news came from the US. The good news was the winning of Oscars 2017 by Mahershala Ali, who became the first ever Muslim actor to win Academy Award in its long history. The bad news has been that as US President Donald Trump gets ready to sign new travel order on Wednesday, a hijab-wearing staffer just lasted for eight days in White House, according to reports.
She quit her job after US President Donald Trump announced his controversial travel ban on several Muslim countries.
Rumana Ahmed, who was hired during Barack Obama time by the National Security Council [NSC], said: “My job there was to promote and protect the best of what my country stands for. I am a hijab-wearing Muslim woman –– I was the only hijabi in the West Wing –– and the Obama administration always made me feel welcome and included,” she wrote in an article published in The Atlantic. Ahmed said that like most of her fellow American-Muslims, she spent much of 2016 watching with “consternation” as Trump “vilified our community”.
Despite this she had decided to stay on the NSC staff during the Trump Administration, aiming to present more nuanced view of Islam to the new presidents and his aides. But it appears she decided otherwise after eight days or so. And this is what she told the media: “I lasted eight days. When Trump issued a ban on travellers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all Syrian refugees, I knew I could no longer stay and work for an administration that saw me and people like me not as fellow citizens, but as a threat.”