Thankfully, the little girl was later found by good samaritan Nelson Mandela Myers shivering in a Philly playground 20 hours after she was abducted, but how this played out is exactly why niqabs should be banned.
It wasn't until a good six hours after the young child had been abducted that people even realized something was amiss. A pregnant woman in a niqab calling herself "Tiffany" arrived at Cullen Bryant Elementary School shortly after Latifah dropped her daughter off. "Tiffany", claiming to be the child's mother, walked out with the girl after she told school officials she wanted to take her to breakfast. An Amber Alert followed, 12 hours after the kid was taken.
The kidnapping was caught on surveillance video. Odd that the school would let a woman calling herself "Tiffany" take her so-called "daughter", when the mother's name is Latifah, but I can only imagine they didn't want to cause any trouble for a group of people who take issue with pretty much everything to do with their religion. At least the ones who feel compelled to wear niqabs.
Niqab mama told NBC10 news:
"My daycare called me," said Abdur-Rashid. "(They) pick my child up, her and my son, and walked them to the daycare from the school around 3 o'clock. They asked me if Nailla had an early dismissal today. And, of course I said, 'no, she didn't.' She asked me about a woman named Tiffany and I immediately thought about my brother's friend. I called her and she was like, 'no, I'm in school. I didn't take [her].'"
Abdur-Rashid says there was confusion when she came to the school asking questions.
"I come straight to the school and they're all discombobulated. The substitute teacher, they're trying to get him on the phone. He finally gets here and he's like, 'her mom picked her up from school early. She said she was taking her to breakfast. I asked her to sign out but she said she already signed out at the office.'"
Confusion? You think, Latifah? It could have been a male under that Niqab, abducting your child. She goes on to say:
"In the surveillance camera that the school has that I watched, she's dressed in traditional over-garment and Niqab." "She has her face covered and only her eyes showing. She's wearing gloves. She's wearing all black. She has something white on her arm and she has a long black umbrella. The surveillance camera shows them walking through the hallway to get to the door. The next camera picks up and she's putting her umbrella up. Then they disappear."
Of course the school messed up. They should have checked her i.d. to make sure it was the mother, but no-one wants to cause waves these days.
Niqabs have no place in the Western world, especially by someone who doesn't even have an excuse, since Latifah is American. If you want things like this to happen continue to wear them, but you will garner no sympathy from me.
Note: Latifah's last name is also spelled Abdul-Rashif.
H/T Creeping Shariah