A Muslim schoolgirl’s speech about Islamophobia after her little sister was blamed for the Paris terrorist attacks has gone viral .
Isra Mohammed, 15, gave the five-minute assembly to all 1,900 pupils at Kenton School in Newcastle explaining how her religion is one of peace.
The talented GCSE student, who hopes to become a doctor like her father, has now been asked to repeat the talk at other schools.
In her speech, she explained: “I have a seven-year-old sister who came home from school crying, when I asked why she said people in school were blaming her for the Paris attacks, she said that she didn’t want to go back.
Speech: Isra spoke after seeing her little sister become upset at being bullied for being Muslim
“I have a brother in year seven, he got bullied as people were telling him your religion is killing people.”
She also explained how Daesh wanted to cause unrest between Muslims and the West, and that by sharing hatred towards others on social media, Islamophobes were helping the terrorists.
A video of her talk was posted on YouTube and has since been watched more than 5,500 times.
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School bosses, where the motto is All Different, All Equal, asked her to repeat it for each year group.
Since giving her presentation, Isra said the speech had changed some people’s attitudes.
She said: “My message is that terrorism has no religion, Islam is not the face of terrorism and Muslims have nothing to do with terrorism.”
Viral: The video has had thousands of views and other schools are interested in Isra visiting them
She was moved to write the speech by what happened to her sister, explaining: “I didn’t want that to happen to other Muslims, I want to get everyone to know the actual truth behind it.”
English and media studies teacher Jessica Griffiths said: “She has inspired so many people, we are just incredibly proud of her.
“She put the work in, she rehearsed it and she spent hours preparing it and she delivered it absolutely brilliantly.”
She thought her top pupil could become prime minister if she did not stick to her dream of becoming a doctor, saying: “She’s an all-round star pupil and whatever she does in life, I think she will be absolutely fantastic.”