March 24, 2017

Women show solidarity with Muslims by donning headscarves on World Hijab Day

03 February 2017, 12:44 | Ella Tate

Women shopping in Aden Yemen

What is World Hijab Day and why are women being invited to wear one

"To single out the Muslim women who choose to wear a hijab is racist and Islamophobic". The act rattled the local Muslim community, including Mohamed's father who she says built the facility. "It best represented my patriotism and faith", she said last week.

The event was founded by NY resident Nazma Khan in 2013, who came up with the idea as a way of fostering religious tolerance and understanding.

The students admitted the country's current political climate had them anxious about how people would react, with some even expecting to hear slurs thrown at them. She said she did not have an elaborate reason for wearing it but that it was part of an evolution for her."For me, it's part of who I am more than anything", she said.

World Hijab Day is celebrated in the beginning. "However, covering one's head doesn't mean that person should be looked down upon or be underestimated, women in hijab deserve to enjoy their constitutional right", Badru said. "While I disagree with Anti-Trump protestors, I am happy to see them wearing flag scarves".

"It's not a fashion statement of course, but it's just a lovely garment", she said.

Deedra Abboud, a Scottsdale lawyer, said people do not have to wear a headscarf to show support for those who do, especially those who may be targeted due to their hijab.

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. "At that age, they're just more open to ideas, and more positive". But they said the positive reactions they received alleviated any fears. After her workout they were gone.

"I was like, I want to wear it".

Rather than punish the offending officers, the officer who investigated her complaint "retaliated against her by filing a complaint with child services", the lawsuit said.

When the police showed up, they told her that her tires had been slashed.

"In the current political situation I think it's very important for there to be a lot of support for the Muslim community, especially here in Tennessee", said Mia Romano, a lecturer in modern foreign languages who lives in Knoxville.

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