World Hijab Day marked it’s first annual day on February 1st, 2013 in an effort to recognize Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab. The founder of this movement, Nazma Khan, came up with the idea to foster religious tolerance by inviting non-Muslims to experience the hijab for one day.
“Growing up in the Bronx, in NYC, I experienced a great deal of discrimination due to my hijab, ‘she reflects. ‘In middle school, I was ‘Batman’ or ‘ninja’. When I entered University after 9/11, I was called Osama bin laden or terrorist. It was awful. I figured the only way to end discrimination is if we ask our fellow sisters to experience hijab themselves,” says Nazma. According to the WHD website, it’s estimated that people in 190 countries take part in this day every year and has been endorsed by world renowned individuals including scholars, politicians, and celebrities worldwide.
And today, thousands of Muslim women gather to create and host events spreading awareness of hijab. We encourage everyone to take part in initiatives such as these to support the positively-led efforts initiated by our fellow sisters. It also happens to be a wonderful chance to meet people you wouldn’t otherwise have met and spark enlightening conversations!
Veiled Beaut participated by sponsoring many college led events throughout the nation because we believe everyone should have a chance to feel the beauty and power which comes from hijab! MSA members of the University of Florida campus so kindly sent us a picture of their World Hijab Day event in which they encouraged folks to not only learn about hijab, but also try on VB’s, as well as other lovely hijab companies’, hijabs!
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