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Contributor Writer: Azeezah Olatunde
Female Muslim students in Lagos had on Friday held rally to sensitise people on the use of Hijab, and Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, Adeniran Ogunsaya College of Education Branch also joined the state-wide activities by organising a rally to also make the day.
The World Hijab Day is a global annual event usually marked on February 1st.
This 7th edition of the WHD, founded by Nazma Khan, a New York native, is themed: “Breaking Stereotypes, Shattering Boundaries” with the hashtag #FreeInHijab.
With the World Hijab Day, Muslims invite global citizens of all faiths and backgrounds to wear the Hijab (Muslims head-cover) for a day in solidarity with Muslim women worldwide.
“This will create a more peaceful world where global citizens respect each other,” Hajia Basheerah Majekodunmi, Amirah of the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria Lagos state Area Unit earlier stated.
It was learnt that some of the Muslim students arrived the venue of the rally as early as 07.30am.
At Ojo axis, the Muslim students of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education marched from the College Mosque to outside the school.
The placard-carrying students were seen chorusing “My Hijab, My Pride” and other words that described the importance of the hijab.
Among the inscriptions on the placards were: ‘My hijab, my dignity’, ‘My hijab, my value’, ‘Hijab is not a threat but Allah’s commandment’, and ‘My hijab, my right’.
After marching outside the school for awareness, they came back through the school second gate where the Ameerah, Nafisah Nurudeen spoke on the importance of hijab.
She enlightened the female Muslims on the origin of World Hijab Day.
She also encouraged them to be firm in using their hijab despite harassment.
She said, “I implore the Muslim sisters to support and encourage each other to be steadfast despite all harassment and humiliation we may encounter while wearing hijab. Understand the reason for wearing it. This way, we’ll collectively battle against the discrimination and prejudice we face. Long live Hijab. Long live Muslimahs.”