The photograph of a hijab-wearing young lady flashing a peace sign in front of angry Islamophobic protesters is going viral and encouraging messages of love, compassion and co-existence.24-year-old Shaymaa Ismaa’eel, this weekend, went to the Islamic Circle of North America convention located in Washington, D.C to attend a conference dedicated to advancing and promoting Islam as a religion in the United States. The conference attracts thousands of participants every year.However, while exiting, she came across a gathering of anti-Muslim protesters outside the circle. Instead of ignoring or confronting them, Shaymaa chose a sassy and silent form of protest, showing up a peace symbol and posing for photographs with a smiling face just in front of them.“On April 21st I smiled in the face of bigotry and walked away feeling the greatest form of accomplishment,” she wrote on her twitter page. Then, she posted the photo on Instagram, captioning it with a saying of the Prophet Muhammad: “Kindness is a mark of faith. Those who aren’t kind have no faith.”The image rapidly went viral, with more than 63,000 people liking her Instagram post and over 26,000 liking it on Twitter as well, with thousands showing support and admiration.“This is the best thing I have ever seen,” wrote one follower on Instagram.“The epitome of a power move,” wrote another, while a third called it “real boss moves.”The 24-year-old works as a counsellor and behaviour therapist for kids with autism. She wrote on her post, “I wanted them to see the smile on my face, and see how happy I was to be me and walk around being a Muslim woman. I wanted to show them that we are going to remain kind and unapologetic, and continue to spread love in the face of bigotry.” We'll get through this! Meanwhile, here's all you need to know about the Coronavirus outbreak to keep yourself safe, informed, and updated. The Quint is now available on Telegram & WhatsApp too, Click here to join.