Students Wear Hijab in Show of Solidarity for Muslims

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What is World Hijab Day and why are women being invited to wear one?
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03 February, 2017

Chauhdry, a Muslim who does not usually wear a headscarf, said she organized the effort to bring awareness to what a hijab is and take a stance against any bigotry toward women who wear one.

She then thought about God. "It best represented my patriotism and faith", she said last week.

Standing on the stage in the church, Elwazeir addressed women who choose to wear hijab.

"I teach, so I can affect a whole bunch of students", said Koselak, 49.

Lucy Silva, a Mexican-American woman who converted to Islam 18 years ago, said she put on her hijab just two weeks before the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Muslim advocate Rida Hamida coordinated activities this year in Orange County, starting with passing out 200 hijabs at the Orange County Women's March that took place in Santa Ana on January 21.

"I think it's important that people are educated that hijab is not oppression", Mohamed said.

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"When they gave me that look, I just felt awful".

Students at Bluefield College in Virginia and Simpson College in Iowa also participated in World Hijab Day. "I've never related to a political image before, because nothing has ever been made that could show Muslim women in that light", she said. It's all in aid of World Hijab Day, which aims show solidarity and promote tolerance.

A hijab-wearing Brooklyn cop has sued the NYPD, saying that fellow officers discriminated against her and even posted pictures of her at a department gun range. She appreciated seeing the different colors and patterns and the way they allowed girls to express themselves.

All of the more than 300 seats were taken and many others stood along the walls and gathered outside the entrances, near the parking lot. She said she spun out until her auto was sideways. "It's my choice to wear the hijab, it's her choice to wear the hijab, and it's their choice not to wear the hijab".

Ringler and the women in her congregation will be wearing the hijabs on Wednesdays for the next month, maybe longer, she said.

But while Muslims insist on respecting their right to wear the hijab, Ilagan also said that wearing them have also marked them for discrimination.


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