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I was as ignorant as the news media had programed us to be

By Sallie Jones (Non-Muslim, USA) About 4 years ago, I met the kindest and warmhearted woman and her Muslim family so that was my introduction into what World Hijab Day (WHD) is.  Ever since then, I have felt strongly about supporting and honoring her and her fellow sisters for their freedom of choice.  Ever since, I have been educating myself …

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The WHD Movement – Building Bridges

By Lorelei Ferre (LDS (Mormon)-USA) My first World Hijab Day experience was in 2014, so I was really looking forward to wearing a headscarf on February 1, 2015. There was just one problem: that was a Sunday and I am a devout Mormon (Christian). I didn’t feel it was wrong to wear hijab to church for a day, but I was …

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Empowerment and Equality Through a Piece of Cloth

By  Priyanka Mogul (Non-Muslim, UK) When I put on the hijab and covered up, I wasn’t spending my day worrying about what I looked like. It gives you a sense of confidence that you can only gain through learning to appreciate yourself for more than just your physical appearance. It makes you feel secure in a way that is very …

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People looked me in the eyes rather than my body

By Nancy (Jewish-Nebraska, USA) Thanks to my dear friend Faouziya, I learned about and participated in my first World Hijab Day. It was a wonderful and eye opening experience! I received a few stares at the grocery store, however the majority of people I encountered were kind and acted normally towards me. The biggest difference I experienced was that when I …

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Judged unfairly because of hijab

By Kristen (Christian-nondenominational, USA) I have always been very open minded and tolerant of the beliefs of others. My daughter did not participate in world hijab day, but she did ask me about it. It was an honor to explain to her that many religions call for women to cover their heads, and that today I’m wearing a hijab to support …

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Walk in someone else’s shoes

By Catarina (Atheist-London, UK) It was an amazing experience to ‘walk in someone else’s shoes’ and to be part of a movement that is creating a better understanding about Islam. I didn’t face any discrimination during the day but I know how my Muslim sisters suffer on a daily basis. The headscarf is the reason why some of them are …

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An eye-opening experience

By Neah Carney (Christian, USA) I was born into a relatively conservative Christian home and consider that as my Faith of choice. However, when I came upon an advertisement on Facebook for World Hijab Day, seemingly by chance, I decided to participate. I think Islam is a beautiful religion with beautiful people when practiced as it is meant to be (with …

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