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Sr. Nazma Khan recently spoke at the Rad Talks conference about World Hijab Day, a movement she started:

February 1st, 2013, marked the first annual World Hijab Day in recognition of millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and live a life of modesty.

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This movement was the brainchild of a New York resident, Nazma Khan, who came up with the idea as a means to foster religious tolerance and understanding by inviting women, both non-hijabi Muslims and non-Muslims, to experience hijab for one day.

For many people, the hijab is a symbol of oppression and segregation. By opening up new pathways to understanding, Nazma hopes to counteract some of the controversies surrounding why Muslim women choose to wear the hijab.

Nazma knows exactly what she’s talking about. The social activist came to this country from Bangladesh at the tender age of 11 where she found herself being the only hijabi in middle school. She remembers her experience as a difficult one.

“Growing up in the Bronx, in New York City, 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.”

The whole movement was organized solely through social networking sites. It has attracted interest from Muslims and non-Muslims in more than 67 countries worldwide. Their literature has been translated in 23 languages.

Jess Rhodes, a former pagan from the UK, was one of the thousands of participants who chose to wear hijab in response to World Hijab Day. A few days later, she decided to explore the Qur’an in order to fully understand Islam. It was through reading the Qur’an that she found a sense of peace and chose to convert to Islam.

For this year, Nazma Khan’s goal is to have 1 million participants worldwide and she is asking for everyone’s support. For more information, visit: World Hijab Day.

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    Umm Asmaa

    January 22, 2014 at 7:07 AM

    With politicians insisting on banning the veil as a means of “protecting” the freedoms of Muslims women, I hope this gets the publicity it deserves!

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    Abubakar Muhammad Metcho

    January 22, 2014 at 11:42 PM

    Masha Allah Nazman.
    May Allah SWT reward you for this good work you have pioneered.

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    ali coleman

    January 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Excellent idea! Much success in gaining wider and deeper support and participation.

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    yzhamada

    January 29, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Let’s remind all our Christian and Jewish friends that Mary the mother of Jesus and the most pure female known to mankind (as the Quran describes her) that she wore the head scarf. Also, all modest females of the non-monotheistic religions have no problems seeing the modesty and the beauty of wearing a modest headwear.
    Memphis, TN, USA.

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    Umm hadi

    February 1, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    May this be a source of Sadhke Jariya.
    Taqabbal Allahu minna wa minkum

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    Aafia

    February 9, 2016 at 12:11 AM

    Hijab is more than a Covering on the head.It has a Very Spiritual Connection with Muslim Ladies.Ref :http://islamhashtag.com/8-reasons-muslim-woman-wear-hijab/.The Effort of Wrapping up a hijab for a day and asking our non Muslim friends to join us is a good Idea but we Should make our girls aware of the Virtue and the blessing of following the commandment of Hijab so that Hijab for a day becomes hijab forever for some of our Muslim Sisters.

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