Muslims aren't catching a break from Islamophobia; a young Muslim woman's recent encounter is proof that the hate is going nowhere.
Aniso Abdulkadir was recently attacked on the London Underground as a man approached her, trying to pull her hijab off before hitting her.
He did not stop there. He verbally abused Abdulkadir's friends and spit in one's face.
Abdulkadir shared the horrific experience in a tweet that has since gone viral. The tweet garnered more than 35,000 retweets at the time of writing.
"This man at Baker Street station forcefully attempted to pull my hijab off and when I instinctively grabbed a hold of my scarf he hit me," Abdulkadir wrote.
"He proceeded to verbally abuse my friends and I, pinning one of them against the wall and spitting in her face," she added.
Bystanders did nothing to help
Abdulkadir's friend - who goes by @itsluxi on Twitter - explained that there were up to 30 people watching the incident, none of whom did anything to help.
"[They] just watched and filmed [the incident]," she tweeted.
"Racism is a real thing people choose to ignore, we really do live in a pathetic society where people are all talk and completely useless … I’d just like to take a moment to emphasize on my disgust on the people who witnessed a grown man pull an 18-year-olds hijab and remain silent," she added.
The attacker has responded via a series of tweets
He goes on to attack the media, saying "the media is siding with a false story."
Police are investigating the incident as a "hate crime"
A British Transport Police spokesman confirmed that the incident is under investigation as a "hate crime."
"Behavior like this is totally unacceptable and will not be tolerated. This incident has been reported to us and we're investigating," a British Transport Police spokesman said, according to BBC.
Muslims have long been challenging the hate
Muslims in the United Kingdom have long been challenging the hate, especially in the wake of countless acts of violence that have occurred across the country this year alone.
Following the explosion in Manchester Arena during an Ariana Grande concert, Muslims were collectively blamed for the horrific incident after the so-called Islamic State (Daesh) claimed responsibility for the blast.
How did Muslims respond?
By raising thousands of dollars for the victims and families of those affected via a number of crowdfunding campaigns, and also by driving for hours to pay tribute, offering free rides to all those affected.
That wouldn't be the first or last time Muslims challenged the hate with solidarity, peace, and acts of kindness.
In the wake of the senseless violence that hit London in March, Muslim communities launched crowdfunding campaigns to support victims and their families.