As part of a creative event called “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab,” students at a Chicago high school joined their Muslim peers in wearing a hijab in order to get a better understanding of their faith.
“You can’t really understand or judge a person and their beliefs until you understand why they do it and what it’s like for them to do what they’re doing,” said Yasmeen Abdallah, who is the president of the school’s Muslim Student Association.
The Daily Herald reports:
The “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab” event Wednesday, hosted by the 10-member organization, was designed to allow non-Muslim female students the opportunity to wear the head covering and gain a better understanding of the Muslim faith. “This event is to hopefully denounce negative stereotypes,” Abdallah said.
Abdallah said the event was a good experience, one she hopes will become an annual event. A lot of the girls got positive feedback from other students and benefited from the experience, she said, despite one unknown male student who told a non-Muslim girl to take off the hijab as he passed in the hall.
Six members of the Muslim group devoted a good portion of their morning to placing an hijab each of the 17 non-Muslim girls who chose to participate in the event.
The event allowed others of a non-Muslim faith to learn about the meaning of the hijab and the religion.
According to the Muslim faith, modesty is commanded by God in Quran.
“I wanted to learn more about the religion, considering my uncle is also Muslim,” Charli Mosley a junior at the school said while wearing a red hijab, according to The Express Tribune. “With more people wearing a hijab around school, it could bring more acceptance to the religion and have more people become more aware.”
Organizers planned the event in May and it was not in response to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino California.
Principal Jon Guillaume said Muslim Student Association members have told him they have been treated with respect at the school and he expressed admiration for those students, who he said searched for a way to communicate who they are.
“I think it is a difficult time to be a Muslim student in our high school, in our community, and in America,” Guillaume said. “I think this is an opportunity for our kids to embrace the Muslim community within the school. For other kids outside of this organization, to understanding what it’s like for these girls to walk through our halls in this garment in a way that stands out from other kids. So, I’m proud of them.”
We need more understanding and less division with political rhetoric heating up. The students participating in the event and their Muslims peers seem to understand that simply talking to each other provides a safer school environment.
As Bill Gates said, ‘When you revolutionize education, you’re taking the very mechanism of how people be smarter and do new things, and you’re priming the pump for so many incredible things.’
For some reason, I’m trying to picture Donald Trump in a hijab right now. I have no idea why.
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