116 countries mark International Hijab Day on 1st February

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Various activities to mark the International Hijab Day in 116 different countries, were conducted on 1st of February.

Founded by Nazma Khan, a New York resident in America, this event encourages Muslim and non-Muslim women to wear the hijab and experience life as a hijabi woman (i.e. a woman wearing a hijab).
The number of countries participating in this project rose to 116 from 50 countries from last year.
Nazma Khan had expressed that she wants one million participants worldwide with the slogan “learn more, deeper understanding, world peace”.

She added that the aim of the scheme was to achieve worldwide religious solidarity by increasing awareness about the hijab. She further explained that hijab does not only mean covering of the head, but rather means that the whole body must be covered.

Concerning her motivation to start the project based on her decision to wear the hijab, she said that it was after going to the United States and seeing how people were harassed because of the hijab. During her time in school and university, she was ridiculed by her classmates and teachers. Today, epithets such as “Ninja” have given her an excuse to raise awareness about the Hijab.

She says: “The Hijab (veil) is a symbol of stability by creating new ways of understanding. I hope the western world will accept this matter in order for the Muslims to be able to wear their hijabs comfortably.”
In the website campaigning this project, a lot of information about the hijab, information about this project and how to participate as volunteers and memoirs concerning the hijab and the changes that it has brought to one’s life have all been well documented.


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