The following is an introductory message from the administrator of a new project encouraging Muslim women to see their unique identity as a source of pride, pushing back against those who misunderstand or denigrate their decision to wear hijab. Anyone who recognizes the need to show respect for people’s life-style choices as an expression of their religious identity should applaud this effort. You are encouraged to visit the website linked below the message from Amara to hear what these women wish to share about that identity.
A MESSAGE FROM ADMINISTRATOR AMARA MAJEED
As a Muslim living in America, the gaping gap of ignorance exists between myself and others: my headscarf, otherwise known as the hijab. I pleat, fold, and fasten a piece of cloth over my head everyday before I go out, but the hijab means more to me than merely concealing my hair. In the religion of Islam, both Muslim men and women are expected to preserve their modesty, and from an Islamic point of view, the hijab contributes to the creation of a modest atmosphere. In an era where women are universally sexualized, Muslim women believe that the hijab can prevent this from happening. The Hijab Project is a social experiment that I’d like girls—both Muslim and non-Muslim—to begin. Try on your own headscarf to school, the mall or other public place, and observe the reactions that people give you. Are you looked at differently? Do people treat you differently? Then, share your experience here! If you currently wear a hijab, tell us your hijab story. A bridge of understanding needs to be built between Muslims and non-Muslims, and experiencing the lifestyle of a growing and often misunderstood culture in America is vital to shedding the lack of knowledge that many people have regarding Islam as a religion. I’m looking forward to hearing your hijab stories! السلام عليكم–[May peace be upon you]