The Hill’s Michael S. Schmidt reports on President Donald Trump’s controversial Muslim ban and what the movie might mean for Muslims in the West.
The movie is Aaliya: The Muslim Girl.
In the movie, a girl is given a chance to get a scholarship to a school for girls with special needs.
It is a role played by a young Pakistani-American actress, whose name is Alyssa Milano.
The Muslim World Cup is being held in India.
Aaliye’s mother, Zainab, has a son with special developmental disabilities, and is upset when she learns of the ban.
“I am not a Muslim,” Aaliayya’s mother says in the film.
“Not even for myself.”
It is not a big surprise that the ban has been met with outrage.
While the Muslim World Cups are generally celebrated around the world, the Muslim world has been especially affected by the ban, with some countries including Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) banning travel for anyone from the seven Muslim-majority countries and the Maldives and Jordan curtailing entry to those countries.
On Monday, the World Health Organization called for an end to the ban on travel from the countries.
And, just last week, Saudi Arabia said it would stop accepting international students from the United States.
A lot of countries are not just in the business of welcoming foreigners, but they’re also in the service of Islam.
“We are all Muslims,” says Aaliha in the movie.
“But we are all not Muslims.
And we are not going to tolerate it anymore.”
But Aaliaya, who grew up in Texas and is the mother of three daughters, isn’t surprised that some people are offended by her Muslim identity.
“When you think about your heritage, what’s your heritage?” she asks.
“How do you not have your identity?
How do you have your religion?”
The film opens with Aaliyas mother and her two young daughters, Aya and Aali, as they walk to a playground with a Muslim boy.
“He’s a little boy,” Aila says.
Aali ya Aali ya is about a girl who is in a wheelchair.
Her parents want her to go to the school for disabled kids, but her parents say that’s not possible because she is a Muslim.
A few days later, Aali says, she hears her mother calling Aaliyo a Muslim girl, and she is shocked.
“They were not talking about me at all,” she says.
A family friend who attended the school with her says that Aaliyanas mother said she wanted to send her daughter to the special needs school because it is a school that focuses on students with special abilities.
“My mother said that to make me think that she wanted me to go there, she would tell me to wait a little bit,” she recalls.
“She was saying that I should wait until I was ready, because she was worried about me.”
At school, Aila gets along well with her classmates.
“Everyone is nice to her, and they’re very supportive,” says a classmate.
But the Muslim girl is having trouble communicating with others.
“There are times when I don’t know what to say,” she tells her friend.
“Sometimes it’s like when I am trying to say something, I can’t even say it, and I get frustrated.”
The school says that it will have a meeting with Aila’s mother to explain her daughters situation.
A spokesperson for the school says the school will be providing her with resources to help her navigate her transition.
“This is a very sensitive time for all our students, especially those who are LGBTQIA+, and we are deeply concerned about her safety,” says the spokesperson.
“It is our understanding that the issue of discrimination and abuse against Muslims and LGBTQIA+ individuals is one of the top issues facing the Muslim community, and we continue to work with the federal government to address this.”