Why World Hijab Day?
Why World Hijab Day?
World Hijab Day is an annual event founded by Nazma Khan in 2013. The event takes place on February 1st each year in 140 countries worldwide. Its stated purpose is to encourage women of all religions and backgrounds to wear and experience the hijab. Event organizers describe it as an opportunity for non-Muslim women to experience the hijab. We need to stand up to the rising tide of Feminist activists and an ex-muslim reformers such as Asra Nomani who says “as Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the hijab in the name of interfaith solidarity,” going on to say, “This modern-day movement spreads an ideology of political Islam.”
I personally love, enjoy and look forward to this event every year. In DFW this year we organized a total of 3 events which were sponsored by WhyIslam Sisters of Dallas. We kicked off our first event in Richand College on Friday, February 1st. The following day we held an all day event at Klyde Warren Park in Downtown Dallas where we were blessed to witness a shahada. We ended our 3rd event on Monday February 4th at UTD The University of Texas at Dallas.
During our events the following took place:
- We were able to clarify all misconceptions about the hijab and answer questions people had about the hijab
- We encouraged non-Muslim women to try on hijab to understand how it is to walk in our shoes for a day (they kept the head scarf as a gift from us) .
- We also provided them with free #Quran and free Islamic literature
Moreover, as Muslims it is our responsibility to share, educate and convey the message of Islam with others. We also need to understand that our dawah efforts must continue beyond these 3 days. We must never shy away from these opportunities. Dawah is part of our daily lives. For us who observe the hijab we need to make sure to carry ourselves appropriately and every single one of us needs to be mind fold of our character and behavior at all times. What is dawah? Da’wah is an Arabic word which means to invite, call or summon someone. This term is often used to describe when we, Muslims share our faith with others, in order to teach them more about Islam.
Hidayah (Guidance) comes from the Almighty, Allah subhana wa taa’la.
“Convey from me even if it’s one verse.” – Prophet Muhammad ﷺ
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