A video went viral this week after two Muslim students from Metro State University (MSU) in Denver, Colorado were verbally accosted for praying in a computer lab.
According to the men, prior to the start of the video, the woman responded to the men beginning their prayers.
The woman called to the front of the room:
â€œDo this somewhere else!â€
She then proceeded to turn the volume up on her computer, blaring music over the sounds of prayer.
In the video, one of the students from MSU is just rolling his prayer mat out on the floor at the front of the computer lab. The room is essentially empty, except for the two Muslim students, the unidentified woman who is potentially a student or staff member and an onlooker who is not pictured.
One of the Muslim students captured the video. His prayers can be heard from behind the camera.
We see first his fellow student, standing at the foot of his prayer mat, beginning to pray, before the other student swings around to capture the woman on camera.
The woman at first ignores the camera. The music on her computer is blaring.
The student continues praying while taking video, and the woman then waves both of her middle fingers at him.
She says and then returns to her computer work:
â€œF–k your religion. I donâ€™t care about your prayers.â€
The man then asks:
â€œHey, whatâ€™s your name?â€
The woman replies:
â€œNone of your god—n business.â€
You can watch the video here, but please note NSFW language:
Woman confronts and verbally abuses two Muslims praying in a computer lab of @msudenver. She intimidates them by playing loud music.
— DOAM (@doamuslims) December 3, 2019
One of the students identified himself on Twitter, stating:
â€œSo weâ€™re praying Maghreb and this lady starts going off trying to say â€˜DO THIS SOMEWHERE ELSEâ€™ and then starts bumping music. So we confront after and she begins with â€˜F your religion.. F you.. I donâ€™t care about your prayersâ€™ just belligerence. Omar comes to pray and she continues [in the video].â€
The student continues, explaining:
â€œWe come to this lab every [Monday and Wednesday] night to pray and never had an issue with anybody at all. Theyâ€™re very respectful and we keep it as quiet as possible. But with her, she was immediately triggered by the sound of our Salat.â€
We come to this lab every M/W night to pray and never had an issue with anybody at all. Theyâ€™re very respectful and we keep it as quiet as possible. But with her, she was immediately triggered by the sound of our Salat.
— ÙŠÙˆØ³Ù (@BigDaddySif) December 3, 2019
Twitter has been resoundingly supportive of the two Muslim MSU students, showing their support for their beliefs in this situation.
May Allah have mercy on her and show her the right path.
— Bellman | ÚˆÚ¾Ù†ÚˆÚ¾ÙˆØ±Ú†ÛŒ | à¥à¤¿à¤‚à¥à¥‹à¤°à¤šà¥€ (@kaarT00S) December 3, 2019
One who doesnt care doesnt speak. It was her heart that made her uncomfortable of those she saw praying to the Creator. It was shaytan that felt intimidated for what will befall those who deny the message, they donâ€™t want to be reminded so this life will remain their paradise.
— Hola (@Al_Murabitun_) December 3, 2019
Islam teaches you patience and advice you not to offend anyone. The best way was to tell her politely that if she is distressed, then he will pray somewhere else the next time. In this way she might have started to have soft spot for the religious tolerance
— Faisal Abdul Moid (@faisalabdulmoid) December 3, 2019
How can she be so ignorant and hateful? I feel sad for her, and sorry for the gentlemen who couldn't pray in peaceðŸ˜Ÿ
— KissMyShoes (@KISSTHESKY715) December 4, 2019
Sorry for having experienced this in big 2019
— Sheba (@Sheba71168985) December 3, 2019
This is just wrong. Respect everyone, regardless of their religion, ethnicity or gender. I'm sure everyone respects her choices and her life decisions so she needs to just respect theirs.
— Daisy-mai (@MyToeSisG) December 4, 2019
Metro State University in Denver is not letting this rest, stating they strongly support their mission for diversity, and they will continue investigating until they discover if the woman has any affiliation with the university.
A spokesperson for the University tweeted:
â€œMSU Denver takes its commitment to diversity very seriously and places a high value on cultivating and sustaining a respectful and inclusive campus community.â€
(1/2) MSU Denver was made aware early today of a verbal altercation between multiple students in a campus computer lab. MSU Denver takes its commitment to diversity very seriously and places a high value on cultivating and sustaining a respectful and inclusive campus community.
— MSU Denver (@msudenver) December 3, 2019
(2/2) We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident and the students potential affiliation with the University and the Auraria Campus.
— MSU Denver (@msudenver) December 3, 2019
The University is actively investigating the situation, looking to see if they can identify the woman in the video.
Presumably, if the woman is identified as an MSU student or staff member, she will face consequences from the school for discriminatory behavior.