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Muslim Women Are Responding To Trump Using The #CanYouHearUsNow Hashtag

The Republican presidential candidate criticised the mother of a Muslim American soldier for "having nothing to say." But now Muslim women are making sure their voices are heard.

Posted on August 3, 2016, at 7:24 a.m. ET

Last week Donald Trump accused the mother of a Muslim American soldier who was killed in the line of duty of "having nothing to say."

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The Republican presidential candidate launched the attack after Khizr Khan delivered a powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention. His wife, Ghazala, stood alongside her husband but did not say anything.

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Although people suggested that Ghazala did not speak because she was in grief, Trump launched an attack on both the parents of Humayun Khan, who was killed by a car bomb in Iraq.

Criticising Ghazala directly, he said: "If you look at [Khizr's] wife, she was standing there, she had nothing to say. Maybe she wasn’t allowed to have anything to say, you tell me.”

But she has since spoken out, telling ABC that the reason she didn't say anything was because she was in pain. "If you were in pain you fight or you don’t say anything," she said. "I’m not a fighter, I can’t fight. So the best thing I do was [stay] quiet."

Now Muslim women around the world are standing by Ghazala and are using the hashtag #CanYouHearUsNow to show that they won't be silent in the face of criticism by Trump.

There are some powerful Muslim women in the world. Follow #CanYouHearUsNow to hear their roars.

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Muslims from a variety of backgrounds are talking about how they contribute to society on a daily basis.

.@realDonaldTrump I'm a #humanrights scholar, trying to make sure rights & freedoms are protected. What did you do? #CanYouHearUsNow

Hey D. I spend my time creating solutions w presidents & the like (so I guess we'll never meet) #CanYouHearUsNow

Some are explaining how they work to specifically fact-check the sort of "misrepresentations" perpetuated by Trump.

I became a journalist to pursue transparency to clarify misrepresentations. Misrepresentations that u shamelessly create. #CanYouHearUsNow

Some are pointing to Muslim women who have been incredibly successful in their fields, such as Dalia Mogahed, who has worked as an adviser to President Barack Obama.

.@DMogahed also works on global policies with presidents. Too bad you won't meet her either #CanYouHearUsNow

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Or Ibtihaj Muhammad, an athlete who will represent the USA at the Rio Olympic Games.

#CanYouHearUsNow? Ibtihaj is front and center as an athlete wearing hijab. #TeamUSA #Olympics2016 https://t.co/HoTXVEHgRo

Others argue that Trump is himself trying to silence Muslim women: "You just don't want to hear me."

Did I mention I'm a queer Muslim? I speak regularly against homophobia & Islamophobia. You just don't want to hear me. #CanYouHearUsNow

I am a proud Muslim woman. The only one trying to silence me is a presidential candidate who's a misogynist. #CanYouHearUsNow

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