World Hijab Day is an annual event that takes place on February 1. The very first World Hijab Day was celebrated in 2013. Founded by Nazma Khan, it’s a worldwide event that encourages Muslim and Non-Muslim women to wear hijab, and experience the life of a Hijabi woman. This event showcases freedom and traditional aspect of hijab to the women of the 116 participating countries. In short, World Hijab Day is a way for the Non-Hijabi woman to experience hijab from the other side.
World Hijab Day is designed to counteract these controversies. It encourages non-Muslim women (or even Muslim women who do not ordinarily wear one) to don the hijab and experience what it’s like to do so, as part of a bid to foster better understanding.
World Hijab Day was inspired by Nazma Khan. She experienced the negative side of practicing hijab after 9/11. She faced various kind of bullying, and decided to stand against this oppression. She created World Hijab Day, and tried to encourage non-hijabi women to wear hijab. She wanted non-hijabi women to experience what hijabi women went through daily. The oppression, and the stereotypical judgment that are associated with hijab. At the same time, hijab day also aims to stop the physical judgment of the women, and promote judgment based on intellectual abilities. World Hijab Day achieve these goals by giving women an opportunity to wear hijab for a day, and get real life experience of hijab for themselves. It also creates a connection between hijabi and non-hijabi women. In others words, it provides support for the hijabi girls, which they lack in many societies. The World Hijab Day also is a source for the hijabi women to vocalize their opinion.
A lot of arguments and controversies have been circulated around this event despite the inspiring aims and goals surrounding the whole concept. Here’s what World Renowned Scholar, Mufti Ismail Menk had to say about World Hijab Day,
“With some countries having banned the hijab and others considering the same, World Hijab Day creates the much needed awareness in democratic societies of this basic right and educates the masses about the origins and reasons for the hijab.
A large number of non-Muslims show great support for our sisters and get a first hand feel of the hijab by donning it for a day.
Amongst other benefits from last years experience was that many non-Muslims have since actively supported the hijab and show greater appreciation and respect for hijabis.
The idea is also to support those of us shying away due to the incorrect perceptions of the hijab to take the steps we’ve been longing to take.
When the world understands what hijab is, where it comes from and why it is donned, it will appreciate that banning it would do more harm than good.
World Hijab Day is simply to create awareness and educate the world and because reminding is beneficial to all.”