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Zaineb Abdulla Teaches Muslim Women Self Defense

This 24-Year-Old is Teaching Muslim Women Self-Defense

24-year-old Zaineb Abdulla isn't your typical self-defense teacher. At 105-pounds and just five feet tall, she's hardly who you'd imagine teaching a group of nine women essential safety tips and tricks, but that's exactly what she's doing. Abdulla told the Washington Post that she was 8-years-old the first time someone spit on her for being Muslim, and now--especially since Donald Trump's election--the fear she's always felt as a Muslim American has increased.

In the aftermath of the election, an increase in hate-crimes committed against Muslims prompted Abdulla to contact help from Misho Ceko of Chicago Mixed Martial Arts. Her goal? To teach herself and other hijabis the skills they need to defend themselves if someone tries to pull their hijab.

According to the Washington Post, Abdulla decided to teach a two-hour "hate crime survival" seminar to nine women on the Sunday following election day. During the seminar, the women learned how to escape a "hijab grab," how to identify and report hate crimes, and what steps to follow as a bystander."

After posting a video of herself perfecting the moves, she received over 6,000 shares and 300,000 views. "In this post-election hate-crime spike, self defense is more important than ever," she wrote. "Practice this move until it becomes muscle memory and teach your body to react before thinking."

Hijab Grab Defense: Front

Learn to defend yourself against a bigot grabbing your hijab! In this post-election hate-crime spike, self defense is more important than ever. Practice this move until it becomes muscle memory and teach your body to react before thinking. Huge thanks to Misho Ceko and Patrick Gatbunton of Chicago MMA! www.deafplanetsoul.org/self-defense-sign-up This video is public: please share widely, especially with our sisters in the "redder" states.

Posted by Zee Abdulla on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Abdulla's story is now being spread widely, and more and more people are watching her tutorials. In a second video, Abdulla demonstrates how to approach an attack coming from the front.

Hijab Grab Defense: Front

Learn to defend yourself against a bigot grabbing your hijab! In this post-election hate-crime spike, self defense is more important than ever. Practice this move until it becomes muscle memory and teach your body to react before thinking. Huge thanks to Misho Ceko and Patrick Gatbunton of Chicago MMA! www.deafplanetsoul.org/self-defense-sign-up This video is public: please share widely, especially with our sisters in the "redder" states.

Posted by Zee Abdulla on Tuesday, November 15, 2016

While Abdulla's workshops certainly are helpful and can help Muslim women feel safer, let's hope that there's no need for this in the future.

Image Source: Zaineb Abdulla
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