Muslim teenager's response to Islamophobia is taking the internet by storm
A 17-year-old named Lamyaa made waves online after a text exchange with her father went viral on Twitter.
According to BuzzFeed News, the texts were brought on by an Islamophobic comment she received in a group text once she said she was Muslim:
"Stop defending Islam b----," a friend of a friend said. "You couldn't take that scarf off or your dad would beat your ass."
Lamyaa said she was used to this kind of treatment from non-Muslim people, but she decided to text her dad, who is currently in Saudi Arabia, to prove them wrong:
When Lamyaa asked if she could take her hijab off, her father said: "That's no man's decision to make...if it's what you feel like you want to do, go ahead."
She shared the exchange on Twitter, where it received an astonishing amount of retweets and likes -- over 140,000 and over 320,000, respectively:
Her father's Arabic text reads, "Are you okay, my love?"
Social media had an outpour of support for Lamyaa and her dad:
She went on to clarify that she's not speaking for all women with her tweet:
"I do not speak for other women. I d not represent anyone but myself," she wrote. "However, I will always stand up for others and it breaks my heart to know that some women do not get to make a choice in what they do with their OWN bodies."