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Bill Gates’ Wife Responds to Daughter’s Decision to Marry a Muslim

New Age Islam News Bureau

1 Feb 2020

World’s second richest person and founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates  and Wife Melinda Gates


• Stage Set For Biggest-Ever Arab Women Sports Tournament

• Trail-Blazing Pakistani Women On Peacekeeping Mission In Congo Awarded UN Medal

• Nada Abdul-Maksoud, 12-Year-Old Girl Dies after Botched Genital Mutilation in Egypt

• What Jameela Did Was Historically Important: Studying At FTII in 1969 of a Woman, Especially From The Muslim Community Was Surprising

• Shaheen Bagh Refuses to Fall Into “Trap” of Controversies and “Efforts to Malign”

• On World Hijab Day, Women across the Globe Are Polarised

Compiled By New Age Islam News Bureau




Bill Gates’ Wife Responds to Daughter’s Decision to Marry a Muslim

FEBRUARY 01, 2020

New Delhi: Bill Gates’ wife responded to her daughter, Jennifer Gates’ decision to tie knots with an Egyptian millionaire, Nayel Nassar.

Reaction of Bill Gates’ wife

Commenting on the decision, Bill Gates’ wife, Melinda Gates wrote, “So thrilled for you and @nayelnassar”.

Earlier, Jennifer Gates has announced her engagement with Nassar. Along with the announcement, she shared the photograph that shows her along with the millionaire and wrote, “Nayel Nassar, you are one of a kind. Absolutely swept me off my feet this past weekend, surprising me in the most meaningful location over one of our many shared passions. I can’t wait to spend the rest of our lives learning, growing, laughing and loving together. Yes a million times over. AHHH!!!”.

Nassar shares his feelings

Meanwhile, Nassar also shared his feelings on his Instagram account and wrote, ” SHE SAID YES!!…I’m feeling like the luckiest (and happiest) man in the world right about now. Jenn, you are everything I could have possibly imagined..and so much more.”

It may be mentioned that Jennifer Gates and Nassar attended Stanford University and love blossomed there. They have been dating for a while.



Stage Set For Biggest-Ever Arab Women Sports Tournament

January 31, 2020

Well-known Emirati singer, Hussain Al Jassmi will perform AWST's anthem, Arab Women, an ode to the growing status of Arab women's sports, during the opening ceremony on Sunday evening.

Under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, Wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah and Chairperson of Sharjah Women's Sports (SWS), the fifth edition of the Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) kicks off on Sunday, with the participation of 78 clubs from 18 countries.

This is the tournament's largest-ever participation, and is expected to witness fierce competition across nine game categories through the 11-day event, which runs until February 12, 2020, in Sharjah.

The opening ceremony will be attended by Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Qasimi, Head of the Supreme Organising Committee (SOC) of AWST; Sheikha Hayat bint Abdulaziz Al Khalifa, Chairperson of AWST's Preparatory Committee; as well as ambassadors, consul generals from different Arab countries, and several high-ranking sports officials.

Media sports personality, Mustafa Al Agha, is the official host of the opening ceremony, which will see Extraordinaire Goodwill Ambassador and well-known Emirati singer, Hussain Al Jassmi, perform AWST's anthem, Arab Women, an ode to the growing status of Arab women's sports, and will highlight Sharjah's role as an incubator for female athletes. The event will also have attractive light shows.

AWST's SOC has invited sports fans from across the UAE to attend the opening ceremony as well as the competitions, having confirmed that preparations for the opening ceremony, carried out in cooperation with in cooperation with the Sharjah Sports Club in Samnan, are fully complete.

Nada Askar Al Naqbi, Deputy Head of AWST's Supreme Organising Committee, Head of AWST's Executive Committee and Director General of Sharjah Women's Sports (SWS) noted: "With all preparations for the tournament absolutely complete, we are excited to embark on a new journey and celebration of women's sports, which will be decorated by sentiments of fair play and will strengthen friendships among our fraternal Arab nations. We hope to see some terrific competitions in the coming days, which will further the advancement of women in sports. We are certain that AWST's participants will conduct themselves in a way that befits them and the countries they represents."



Trail-Blazing Pakistani Women On Peacekeeping Mission In Congo Awarded UN Medal

Feb 01 2020

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s female peacekeepers, deployed with the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO), have been awarded a UN medal at a ceremony in Adikivu in South Kivu, one of the provinces of the central African country.

The team of 15 female officers, who serve at the ranks of Major and Captain, have been stationed in the war-torn country since June last year.

The officers are psychologists, stress counsellors, vocational training officers, gender advisors, doctors, nurses, operations officers, information officers and logistics officers, said a message received at UN Headquarters in New York.

A MONUSCO peacekeeping mission press release said that another 17 female officers from Pakistan are expected to join the contingent this month.



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UN Peacekeepers rely heavily on engaging with the local community — which feels more comfortable liaising and sharing information with military troops that include women alongside men, the mission said.

“Throughout their deployment, the Pakistani female officers worked hard to win the trust of the community,” it said.

According to the mission, the officers have implemented many successful projects including vocational training, medical outreach, regular sessions of support for students, local women and teachers exposed to trauma; and psychological workshops for Congolese police personnel.

“This team’s extraordinary endeavours to serve the UN is worthy of praise," added the press release. The Governor of South Kivu Province, Theo Ngwabidje, presented the Pakistani officers with the award at the ceremony.



Nada Abdul-Maksoud, 12-Year-Old Girl Dies after Botched Genital Mutilation in Egypt

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Feb 1, 2020

Egyptian prosecutors have detained four people allegedly involved in the death of a 12-year-old girl who was subject to a botched genital mutilation operation in the southern governorate of Assiut, local media reported.

Nada Abdul-Maksoud died after complications from the operation at a private clinic on Wednesday, Egyptian news organisations said, citing officials and advocacy groups.

The surgery, meant to stymie sexual pleasure in women, is illegal but continues to be practised in Egypt, especially in rural areas and governorates of the southern Nile River basin.

Among those arrested were her parents, a maternal uncle and the physician who performed the surgery.

Women’s and children’s rights groups in Egypt have called attention to the case, urging prosecution.

According to Unicef, some 87 per cent of Egyptian women between 15 and 49 years old have undergone the procedure, with half of Egyptians believing it’s required by Islam as a way to ensure female chastity, though neither the Koran nor subsequent Muslim texts refer to the practice.

The practice has been known to lead to major physical and mental health problems for women.

Egypt’s president Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi last summer hosted a conference to call attention to female genital mutilation. Speakers at the gathering, which was endorsed by both the European Union and the African Union, called on religious authorities “to eradicate the wrong belief that female circumcision and child marriage are needed to protect the chastity of girls and make the public understand that these practices are part of old traditional customs that have nothing to do with religious teachings,” according to the official MENA news agency.



What Jameela Did Was Historically Important: Studying At FTII in 1969 of a Woman, Especially From The Muslim Community Was Surprising

JANUARY 31, 2020

In an acting class at the prestigious Pune Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), sometime in the early 1970s, filmmaker Mrinal Sen walked in for a lecture. He looked at the class of one female student and many men and began, “One lady and gentlemen.”

There was a lot of laughter that day, Jameela Malik, that one female student remembered in an article she wrote decades later. She died four days ago, aged 73, and holding a record that people writing her obit would begin with: the first Malayali woman to study at FTII, in 1969.

It has a lot of historical importance, Prem Chand, journalist and film critic, says. “Not just because she was the first Malayali woman to study at FTII, but also for being a Muslim woman living in those times,” he says.

You wonder if it is luck, timing or just the fact that she was a woman that prevented her from enjoying the same status that the men in her batch would come to enjoy.

“Those were the days you only heard of men going away to Pune to study films,” says Sreebala K Menon, writer-filmmaker. Jameela happened to be among the first and few women to have gone far from home, to train in acting. “It was too early. The men who studied with her would come back and create a new wave of cinema, but that would take years to happen. When Jameela came back after her course, she somehow became part of commercial cinema, which possibly had different demands from an actor, than what you’d expect of one who has been to FTII. The skills she’d picked up, more suited for the parallel cinema that her batch mates would later make, could not be put to use just then. And by the time they were making cinema, Jameela had already faded into the background, perhaps with family responsibilities,” says Sreebala.

Jameela was still known for her historical achievement, one that few women followed after her. Women from Kerala did go to FTII later on, to learn technical skills such as cinematography and editing. But few have been known to take up an acting course in particular.

Jameela must have been in her early 20s then, going away from her home in Kollam after finishing Class 10. Mother Thankamma Malik and father Malik Mohammed, both culturally and socially active, had little doubt about sending their talented girl to learn acting from the best in the country. To be sure though, they checked with Basheer, iconic and much quoted writer of Malayalam fiction who made simple literature appealing to all. Basheer, a close friend of the family, agreed that Jameela should go to Pune.

The audition was in the then Madras, at the Adayar institute, Jameela would narrate in future interviews. There were three judges to evaluate her: Telugu superstar P Bhanumathi, vice principal of FTII Jagat Murari and Tamil director Bhim Singh. They liked her. She got chosen as one of the only two girls in her batch for the acting course.

This was five decades ago. Women who were allowed to do higher education were few. Muslim women were fewer still. Thanks to her progressive parents – who themselves had a Christian-Muslim marriage, defying norms – Jameela could chase her dream. A dream she formed after years of watching cinema freely, a privilege that came from having socially affluent parents. Thankamma was Gandhi’s disciple, and Jameela had for long kept a letter her mother once received from the Mahatma.

There was also Ravi Menon, who’d become a known actor later. Jameela, however, didn’t quite follow in the same footsteps as the others and didn’t quite make a mark for herself in Malayalam cinema, barring a few films in the 1970s and 80s.

“Ravi Menon got so many opportunities, he was the hero of a certain period of Malayalam cinema. But somehow Jameela didn’t get that kind of a welcome,” Prem Chand says. A sign, if you notice, that women had to walk the tougher road at all times; even with the same qualifications and exposure, they had to play the second fiddle.

Ravi and Jameela acted as a couple in another campus film called Jai Jawan Jai Makan, directed by Vishram Bedekar, who is now a renowned Marathi filmmaker.

After she completed her acting course, Jameela went to live in Mumbai for a while, hoping to get a break in cinema. Several chances slipped through her hands, she wrote later. When nothing worked out, she went to Madras. She got her first feature in Malayalam, a film called Ragging. Jameela was cast as the heroine opposite Vincent. Actor-director Cochin Hanifa made his acting debut in this film. While the release was delayed a little, Jameela got two more films: Adyathe Katha and Sathi. When Ragging finally released, it didn’t click. So didn’t Jameela’s luck.

She did have a few more brushes with luck. There was the time when she became heroine of Pandavapuram, based on writer Sethu Madhavan’s novel of the same name. Sethu wrote a condolence post on Facebook, but he didn’t know her well enough to comment about her, he said. She lived away (from where he was) in Thiruvananthapuram. That’s where she moved to from Madras, after marriage. A marriage that lasted only a year and gave her a son with whom she spent the last years of her life, in a rented house near Bheemapally. Obituaries lamented about Jameela having to take Hindi tuitions in her last years to make a living.

“This is true. She took tuitions, she didn’t want to beg anyone for any favours,” says actor-director Madhupal, who was with her in the final days and sent out word to others in the film industry on her passing.

In an interview, Jameela said she is grateful to the Association of Malayalam Movie Artists for sending her money in the years she became unwell.

Jameela was the kind of woman who did not whine about lost chances, who didn’t want to blame others for not giving her a chance. She wrote that she was okay with it all. Somehow, it didn’t work out for her. “I feel she was this woman who went to this great institute, but didn’t know how to act in life,” Madhupal says, continuing his earlier observation of how Jameela never asked for help. “Till the end though, she had always wanted to act, that desire was there. She never got the consideration she should have, but if it was today, a woman graduating from FTII would have got a lot more attention,” Madhupal adds.

The people with whom Jameela associated were all great – she had acted in Tamil and Hindi cinema at a time when women from Kerala rarely did. She’d speak about working with Jayalalithaa in her last film, Nadhiyai Thedi Vandha Kadal. About meeting MGR. About her connections in Hindi cinema – Jaya Bachchan, then Jaya Bhaduri, was her senior at college, who used to rag her in fun, Jameela would write later.

“In Bollywood and Marathi cinema, FTII graduates are treated with a lot of respect. Somehow in Malayalam cinema, FTII graduates in acting – or for that matter actors coming out of any such prestigious institute – rarely find a place for themselves. Madhu sir (who studied at the National School of Drama) is an exception. Jameela, for some reason, could not represent the change in Malayalam cinema. It is actors like Jalaja who became representative of the new wave back then. It’s said Jameela was supposed to act in John Abraham’s Agraharathil Kazhutha but that too didn’t materialise. She was just not placed in cinema properly,” Sreebala says.

The actor seemed to fade away as the years passed. After the 80s she was limited to performing on the mini screen.

“She was not ready for any of those terms you hear about – ‘compromise’ or ‘adjustment’. She also never tried to gain opportunities through her friendships. All I could say is she was really under-utilised by Malayalam cinema. This was a pioneer, a woman taking a big step in 1969. What Malayalam cinema did to her is wrong,” Prem Chand says.



Shaheen Bagh Refuses to Fall Into “Trap” of Controversies and “Efforts to Malign”


31 JANUARY, 2020

On January 30, marking the 47th day of their protest, Shaheen Bagh released a statement alleging “threat from violent fringe elements is growing”, advocating “a peaceful dialogue” as the only way forward.

The statement came on the day a man opened fire at a student march, injuring a mass communication student from Jamia Millia Islamia University and two days after an armed man, brandishing a gun, allegedly threatened the protestors at Shaheen Bagh to end their agitation. It also mentions the incident of January 29, the day the “Hindu Sena put out a statement terming us “jihadis” and a call to its affiliates to clear our protest on 2 February 2020”.

“Given the recent incidents, any violent attack on or at our peaceful protest must be attributed to the inaction and tacit support of the regime which has refused to enter into a dialogue with us,” the January 30 statement reads. “We refuse to be cowed down by violence or threats. The only way forward is by a peaceful dialogue that acknowledges the real grievances of the public, in the best traditions of our democracy,” continues the statement.

The women reiterate that they are exercising their democratic rights to protest peacefully, placing the onus to prevent untoward incidents upon the Central government and Delhi Police, according to the press release.

Recently, various media reports have emerged highlighting controversial incidents and statements regarding the 24X7 sit-in protest at Shaheen Bagh—including the alleged manhandling of journalist Deepak Chaurasia at the protest grounds, the contentious statements made by JNU student Sharjeel Imam who is believed to be a “Shaheen Bagh protest organiser” and the reports that claim the protesting women are being paid Rs. 500 to continue their sit-in. However, Shaheen Bagh protestors have distanced themselves from these incidents, reiterating their demonstration to be a “non-partisan citizen’s movement”.

Sharjeel Imam, who has been arrested for making “inflammatory speeches” at Aligarh Muslim University on January 16, has been touted as the “mastermind” behind the Shaheen Bagh protest by certain media. Sedition cases were reportedly filed by the states of Assam, Uttar Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Delhi against Imam when a video of his speech, wherein he makes controversial remarks to “cut off Assam from India”, went viral. Later, Shaheen Bagh Official, claiming to be the official Twitter handle of Shaheen Bagh, released a statement saying, “No one person, whether Sharjeel Imam or someone else, can be termed as the sole organiser of the protest.”

“The protest has been led by the women of Shaheen Bagh and it is unfair to associate their voice with any distorted media narrative,” reads the statement. It further emphasises that the “contentious statements in question” were not delivered in or around the Shaheen Bagh protest grounds.

“Shaheen Bagh protestors have taken a very reasonable, sensible and democratic stand,” political scientist Zoya Hasan told The Citizen. “Their protest is framed within the framework of the Constitution and therefore anyone who is trying to incite people or is making provocative speeches, they have clearly distanced themselves from it and have unequivocally condemned it,” she said.

These are not the first statements Shaheen Bagh has released. Earlier, a statement was released condemning the manhandling of journalist Deepak Chaurasia who was allegedly shoved by unknown persons while present at the protest grounds on January 24.

“We are looking into what exactly happened, but whatever the reason, manhandling someone is unacceptable. This is not what Shaheen Bagh represents. We condemn any such acts unequivocally,” the statement reads.

Shaheen Bagh statements have also taken on the issue of fake news being circulated via WhatsApp and social media “attempting to tarnish the secular nature of the movement.” “What they are doing is right—distancing themselves from all kinds of unwarranted controversy that will just undermine their struggle,” said Latha Jishnu, independent journalist.

Another such controversy that emerged recently was a “sting video” that claimed the Shaheen Bagh women, who have been constantly making headlines, are being paid to continue their protest. Two women protestors, Nafisa Bano and Shahzad Fatma, reportedly sent a defamation notice to head of BJP IT Cell, Amit Malviya for claiming the protestors were being paid Rs. 500 by the Congress party to continue the sit-in protest.

The notice reads, “A video posted and endorsed by you on social media site Twitter, which has been played across several media platforms, had alleged that the protesters are taking Rs 500-700 in order to be a part of the protests.”

“Such statements are not only false but also have an effect of defaming the protestors in the national and international community,” it continued. Shaheen Bagh Official’s statement on the issue read, “Whether it’s 15 lakh or 500, we are not interested in the money offered by any political party. No amount of money can compensate for this attack on our citizenship and fundamental rights.”

Many claim such incidents are attempts to “defame” the women of Shaheen Bagh who have led a peaceful protest for more than 45 days against the contentious CAA and NRC. The women’s stand is clear. “There are so many attempts being made to corner them and they have just not fallen into the trap. By just staying focused on their main concern which is that the CAA is discriminatory, it is unconstitutional and it must be withdrawn to uphold equal rights and non-discrimination,” Hasan told The Citizen. “The protestors don’t want anything that would distract and divert from this position,” she continued.

“It’s amazing, the way the women have come out,” stated Shabnam Hashmi, social rights activist and human rights campaigner. Hashmi highlighted how young girls and women from all communities have joined the Muslim women in this “remarkable” feat. “Women like this have not come out in India since independence and maybe even before that… not in these numbers,” she told The Citizen.

According to her, the women are not only expressing their dissent against NRC and CAA but are simultaneously fighting age-old patriarchal barriers meant to confine them within traditional roles. “I'm sure that they will not go back now,” Hashmi stated. “It might not happen immediately but this process has started, which is amazing,” she said.

“The BJP’s effort to malign Shaheen Bagh and also to use it to polarise the Delhi Election, that is highly condemnable,” Hashmi told The Citizen. “Frankly, the government doesn't know how to handle what's happening in our country.”

“They thought like on everything else, people will keep quiet and [instead] there are protests across India and especially when women come and protest, they know what it means. So they have no other way but to malign these protests. That is the only thing they know—polarise, communalise, malign. So they are doing what they are best at,” she stated.

Jishnu in turn highlighted her own experience speaking with the women of Shaheen Bagh and what struck her to be a “very spontaneous protest”. “They are not putting out any leader for their own struggle nor are they taking any current day political figures as their leaders,” she stated.

While pictures of Bhagat Singh and Ambedkar can be found in great numbers at the protest site, “they do not have any local, any current politician as their leader even though many have come and spoken there,” Jishnu explained. “So what is very clear is that women are doing something on their own,” she told The Citizen.

In response to Jishnu’s question on whether they would continue this struggle for other causes related to “people’s oppression”, the women responded in the affirmative. “How come you never protested about Article 370?” Jishnu asked.

“That was a miss on our part but we are going to make up for it,” the women responded. “Sure enough, some days later, they had something for the Kashmiri protestors. And they were also supporting the Pandits,” Jishnu told The Citizen.

In fact, in response to allegations that Shaheen Bagh is celebrating January 19—the day that is marked by the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits from the state of Jammu and Kashmir—Shaheen Bagh Official released a statement saying the “people of Shaheen Bagh recognise the injustices done to our Kashmiri Pandit brethren on 19th and 20th January 1990 and will stand in solidarity with them.”

“What it (Shaheen Bagh) stands for is a political awakening among middle class, conservative women and I think it's a great thing and we all have to support it without romanticising it,” Jishnu stated.

Shaheen Bagh distancing itself from controversial incidents becomes important today, according to Hasan, as it signifies that the protest is well within the constitutional framework. “This protest is remarkable precisely because they are identifying with the Constitutional project and anyone who is speaking or working outside it would weaken the resistance against CAA,” Hasan stated.



On World Hijab Day, Women across the Globe Are Polarised


31 January, 2020

New Delhi: A day before the celebration of World Hijab Day, women on Twitter are polarised with respect to the way they choose to mark this initiative. Every year, 1 February marks World Hijab Day and recognises millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab and “live a life of modesty”. Running parallel alongside this initiative is ‘No Hijab Day’.

Even though both initiatives intend to dispel stereotypes faced by hijab wearing women, their approach to it is different. Launched in 2013 by New York-based Nazma Khan, World Hijab Day aims to promote religious tolerance by calling for both non-Hijabi Muslim women and non-Muslim women to wear the hijab for a day.

However, several women on Twitter have urged hijab wearers to “free themselves” from the piece of cloth used by Muslim women to cover their head. This is in light of women in Iran and Saudi Arabia being forced to wear the Hijab and not having the same privileges and rights as an American hijabi woman.

Yasmine Mohammed ياسمين محمد 🦋#FreeFromHijab


Who are we to pretend that we know so little about human well-being that we have to be non-judgmental about a practice like this.”

-@SamHarrisOrg, father of two girls

Stop pretending.

On #NoHijabDay, Feb 1st, support women fighting to be #FreeFromHijab

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starting a thread of major appearance changes, like, actually MAJOR

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Do you how it feels to go outside during summer maybe buy an ice cream then sit down in a park or anywhere you can enjoy the breeze of a fresh air on your skin and hair while eating that delicious ice cream you just bought.

I don’t.#FreeFromHijab #NoHijabDay …

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Please add #FreeFromHijab after your name to show your support for #NoHijabDay on Feb 1st!

Thank you @AsraNomani, for the great idea! 💕

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As an Iranian who was beaten & jailed for opposing mandatory Hijab,I'm appalled to see Hijab celebrated in the West.

I have a dream for all women to be free oneday. Free to choose what to wear, how to live, and what to think. Celebrating hijab destroys that dream.#FreeFromHijab

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On February 1st , #WorldHijabDay we stand in solidarity with Iranian women inside prisons , with moslem women who risk their lives and protest  forced hijab

We rise our white scarves and say No to Compulsory Hijab

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World Hijab Day

This year, the World Hijab Day Organisation has called on women from all faiths across the world to join the discussion using the hashtag #EmpoweredinHijab. It has listed ways for women to be a part of this endeavour, from uploading pictures with hashtags, sending emails to local mosques for support, sending money for donation to marking this day in their local communities.

Largely driven on social media, this motto for this year is ‘Unity in Diversity’ and invites women to “flood your social media with the hashtag (#EmpoweredinHijab)”. Many women have expressed solidarity on Twitter.

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FEU Muslim Circle is giving women of all backgrounds and faith a chance to have a firsthand experience to wear the hijab to have a better understanding of its relevance in Muslim women’s lives. The event is ongoing at the FEU Plaza until 6pm. Tom Feb 1, 2020 is #WorldHijabDay.

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Nazma Khan’s story

New York based Nazma Khan, who ideated World Hijab Day, came to the United States from Bangladesh at the age of 11. She was the only hijabi in her middle school and says it was a difficult experience for her.

Growing up in the Bronx, in NYC, I experienced a great deal of discrimination due to my hijab…In middle school, I was ‘Batman’ or ‘ninja’,” Najma recalls. “When I entered University after 9/11, I was called Osama bin Laden or terrorist. It was awful. I figured the only way to end discrimination is if we ask for our fellow sisters to experience hijab themselves.”

People from over 190 countries are estimated to take part in the World Hijab Day every year. One of the major milestones for the cause was when the New York State recognised World Hijab Day in 2017. In the same year, the House of Commons hosted an event marking the day, which was attended by former UK Prime Minister Theresa May.

Speaking at a press conference commemorating the day, Hajia Mutiat Balogun, executive director of Hijab Right Advocacy Initiative, said, “The promotion of girl child education can only be achieved if the girls in hijab are not harassed or molested by their teachers on the basis of hijab usage.”

Bitter irony and mountainous hypocrisy’

An article published by the National Review calls the event a “farce” in light of the “bitter irony and mountainous hypocrisy” surrounding it. It labels the initiative ironic because of the “hyprocrisy” behind an American Muslim woman encouraging others to wear the hijab, when women in Iran and Saudi Arabia are protesting against their male counterparts by taking the hijab off.

It also points out that 1 February coincides with the day (1 February 1979) when Ayatollah Khomeini returned to Iran from his French exile bringing with him the Islamic Revolution. His regime enforced purdah and the covering of women.




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