When the news of a ninth grader Ahmed Mohamed got viral on internet, we saw the response by those whom it was quite unbelievable to come and rescue the Muslim boy. The 14 years old Ahmed of Irving, Texas, who was arrested for bringing a homemade clock to school when teachers accused him of making a bomb, grabbed the focus of social media furor.
A series of tweets in support of the boy, tagged with #IStandWithAhmed, noted the Islamophobic double standard surrounding the case, arguing had the young inventor been white with a non-Muslim name, he would have been celebrated. As of Wednesday afternoon, the hashtag was trending with nearly 500,000 tweets.
And then there was POTUS. At 12:58 p.m., President Barack Obama sent a simple tweet offering his support for Mohamed's technical curiosity and inviting the student to the White House to show off his homemade clock.
Many people, including the boy's family, accused the school and law enforcement officers of racial profiling and Islamophobia. "He just wants to invent good things for mankind," Mohamed Elhassan Mohamed, Ahmed's father, told the Dallas Morning News. "But because his name is Mohamed and because of Sept. 11, I think my son got mistreated."
Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also tweeted her support, writing, "Ahmed, stay curious and keep building."
Not only the Obama and Hillary, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg also said in a post that he welcomes the boy to meet him someday. The islampophibic mentality of the school was condemned on a larger level; but it also showed how the leaders take over the matter and give the impression of love and empathy. The gesture by Obama and Zuckerberg was highly acclaimed in all over the world.
Ahmed will one day do some good for the country and prove that being a Muslim or having a different skin color cannot make him any less than a genius or patriot to his country.