It was just two days ago that Kansas University student Bazigha Tufail was taunted for being Muslim.

Tufail, 20, stopped at a food court on campus for a bite when she casually made eye contact with a young man. Tufail wore a headscarf as she does wherever she goes.

As the man walked by, he muttered in her direction, “Bombs away.”

The words stung. They gave her pause and left a lingering sadness.

“I’ve never done anything to anybody,” she said. “I’m like, ‘why?’ … There’s no way to counter that ignorance.”

KU’s Muslim Student Assn. is hosting Islam Awareness Week through Friday to better students’ understanding of Muslims and Islam. The aim is to correct stereotypes and encourage tolerance.


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