People around the world view the hijab in various ways; some think it is an oppressive tool that violates freedom, while others take action and attack hijabis when they get the chance. On the other hand, some look at it as a symbol of modesty and purity. So, what is World Hijab Day and why did it appear? Let’s find out.
What is World Hijab Day?
It all started when an idea popped into Bangladeshi-American Nazma Khan’s head back in 2013. Nazma’s plan was to hold a day-long event where all women, Muslims and non-Muslims, were invited to don the veil on February 1st of every year. With much effort, Nazma has tried her best to spread her idea. Accordingly, she launched the ongoing hashtag on social media #WorldHijabDay. Above that, she creates a parallel unique hashtag each year. This year it’s #StrongInHijab.To everyone’s surprise, Facebook added an official frame for World Hijab Day. Fortunately, the event has succeeded in encouraging women on social media to post their hijabi selfies on that day and try it for the first time, along with the hashtags.
In addition to this, Nazma has created a whole website dedicated to posting videos, articles, and opinions of non-Muslims about how they felt after being covered head to toe for a single day. A huge number of people were impressed with WHD’s results and thus, wanted to apply it in their own countries. That being the case, WHD has now reached more than 45 countries and 70 ambassadors. Now Egypt -the country of Al-Azhar- is one of the contributors, and here is its event.
Why are all women invited to wear the hijab on this day?
The theory is to have women of all faiths try and walk in hijabis’ shoes for a day to get a feel of how they get discriminated against. Accordingly, one of Nazma’s wishes is to spread peace and anti-racist thoughts around the world. She believes this event confronts hatred and prejudice against Muslims generally, and hijabis specifically. Moreover, she wants all people to tolerate and understand religions other than theirs.
Here are some of the posts in solidarity with hijabis:
To wrap up, before judging the life of a hijabi woman and whether or not it should be celebrated, a woman could try being one herself. Nazma Khan, WHD’s founder, made this event to inform others of the right to be covered or practice any religion freely. To apply this, she used the power of social media to make hijabis’ voices heard.