I don’t think I ever witnessed the internet rally their support behind – then completely turn on someone faster than Ahmed Mohammad.
Ahmed Mohamed made national news last year for his brief brush with the law. We were initially told that poor Ahmed merely brought a homemade clock to school – and was promptly arrested because school administrators thought he was carrying a bomb. This only made it into national news because it gave the media the chance to push the narrative of “Islamophobia.”
It later turned out that numerous teachers had told him to put away his “clock” because it looks like a bomb, but he continued to show it off in his classes. And he didn’t even build a clock, he took apart a clock and stuffed it into a box.
Reality didn’t matter to the companies that showered Ahmed with gifts, and universities that offered him scholarships, but the general public wasn’t fooled.
He took to Qatar to study for the past nine months, but now he’s back in the U.S. – and it wasn’t just math and science he was studying overseas.
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) May 20, 2016
There is a reward for kindness to every living thing – Prophet Muhammad PBUH pic.twitter.com/iU87CD2N16
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) May 23, 2016
Ramadan Mubarak! ?
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) June 5, 2016
لآ اِلَهَ اِلّا اللّهُ مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُوُل اللّهِ
— Ahmed Mohamed (@IStandWithAhmed) June 8, 2016
The Daily Mail reports:
During his eight months in the Middle East, Mohamed said he visited the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia with his family and enjoyed learning more about Islam at school, where the religion is embedded in the curriculum.
The teen, who has an invitation to work as an intern at Twitter this summer, hopes to attend MIT and utilize his knack for inventing to help those in need.
The teenager said he had to adjust to the school system in Qatar, where subjects like biology and chemistry are covered in the span of six weeks, the Dallas News reported.
But the teenager appreciated the chance to take classes on the Quran and history of Islam, saying: ‘I felt good being able to learn my religion because it wasn’t an opportunity I had here in the US.’
Mohamed added that he missed the diversity in America, and said he hoped his story could serve as a positive talking point about the challenges Muslims face.
He said: ‘I want to help change Texas for a better state, and I hope that not just for Texas, but the entire world.
‘People sometimes don’t want to admit their mistakes, and sometimes the best thing to do is to help them change.’