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#IStandwithAhmed – 14-year-old Muslim clock-creator wins the internet and invite from Obama

A nightmare has turned into a blessing in disguise for 14-year-old Ahmed Mohamed, as he continues to gather praise and invitations from high places.

#IStandwithAhmed – 14-year-old Muslim clock-creator wins the internet and invite from Obama

The Muslim schoolboy was arrested on suspicion that his homemade clock was a bomb, exposing deep-seated stereotypes. He has had a flood of support after his plight went viral on social media with the hashtag #IStandwithAhmed.

Invitations are flooding in after his plight went viral on social media, with US President Barack Obama praising his skills and asking him to the White House.

NASA has also extended a welcome to the young inventor, while Silicon Valley giants like Google, Reddit and Foursquare amongst many others are clamouring for him to intern with them. It’s been a welcome change from the fear the teen must have felt after he brought a home-made clock to school to show his teacher, only to find himself being questioned by school officers, and then arrested by police. The Irving, Texas police issued justified their actions, stating Ahmed was handcuffed “for his safety and for the safety of the officers” and taken to a juvenile detention center. They’ve since admitted there was nothing suspicious about the clock in question, amid claims of entrenched Islamophobia within the police force. See some of the incredible tweets Mohamed received encouraging him to continue being a scientific, creative thinker below:  

 

People are also posing with clocks in large numbers to make a point about what Ahmed experienced.

 

Watch out, it’s a brown guy with a clock! #IStandWithAhmed @IStandWithAhmed pic.twitter.com/8lzzrEakoi — Tariq Khokhar (@tkb) September 16, 2015

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