Rashid Dar, going for Friday sermon, beaten up due to 'Islamic clothing'
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Muslim man, going for Friday sermon, beaten up due to ‘Islamic clothing’

A young Muslim man, while his way to deliver a Friday prayer sermon was beaten up by an unknown individual near a train station in Washington, DC.

Rashid Dar, the 27-year-old man was punched into the collarbone. He believes that such an harassment; was due to his appearance depicting his connection to Islam.

Rashid Dar told that he was walking with his brother when a man approached them through a sidewalk. “He dropped his bag, he wound up and punched me straight. I’m sure he was aiming for my throat, but he hit my collarbone,” Dar said.

Dar’s brother began yelling at the man after he hit him. He said the assailant “put up his arms in a fighting position,” and the two began to circle each other as if they were about to fight. “A couple of guys in the street had seen what happened and tried to break it up,” Dar said. “Then, in all that ruckus, he took the opportunity to run,” he added.

Rashid Dar also mentioned that he was in a black overall, otherwise known as Jubbah, along with a black taqiyah.

Dar has tweeted his story to DC Metro Police and later filed a report. The department has already assigned a detective to his case. Dar described the attacker as a black man in his 20s or 30s with a grey baseball cap and dark clothing.

“I’m not so concerned about bringing this specific perpetrator to justice,” he said. “I’m more concerned about the permissive environment that made this person feel, in his mind, that it was OK to punch a Muslim person.” He added, “I’m not ashamed of being a Muslim.”

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