US high school students join Muslim peers in wearing hijabs

Published: December 12, 2015
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Students of a high school in Chicago joined their Muslim peers in wearing hijabs as part of an event.

The Muslim Students Association (MSA) of Vernon Hills High School in Chicago hosted an event “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab” aiming to provide a better understanding of the Muslim faith. The event gave students of other religions an opportunity to wear the hijab in tan attempt to challenge stereotyping of Muslims.

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Six members of the school’s MSA devoted an entire morning placing hijabs on 17 non-Muslim girls as they conversed about the beliefs of Muslims. Teachers and students at the school were encouraged to ask questions about the hijab if they came across a student wearing one.

“I wanted to learn more about the religion, considering my uncle is also Muslim,” Charli Mosley a junior at the school said while wearing a red hijab. “With more people wearing a hijab around school, it could bring more acceptance to the religion and have more people become more aware.”

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Yasmeen Abdallah, president of the school’s MSA said, “You can’t really understand or judge a person and their beliefs until you understand why they do it and what it’s like for them to do what they’re doing.”

“This event is to hopefully denounce negative stereotypes.”

Abdallah said the event was a good experience, and hopes that it will become an annual event. Many of the girls got helpful feedback from other students and benefited from the experience, she said, except one unidentified male student who told a non-Muslim girl to remove the hijab as he passed her in the hall.

While expressing his admiration for Muslim students at the school, the school headmaster said the event is an opportunity for the kids to embrace the Muslim community at the school.

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“I think it is a difficult time to be a Muslim student in our high school, in our community, and in America,” he said.

“I think this is an opportunity for our kids to embrace the Muslim community within the school. For other kids outside of this organization, to understanding what it’s like for these girls to walk through our halls in this garment in a way that stands out from other kids. So, I’m proud of them,” he added.

This article originally appeared on Daily Herald.

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  • Hameed
    Dec 12, 2015 - 2:22PM

    The Muslim Students Association (MSA) of Vernon Hills High School in Chicago hosted an event “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab” aiming to provide a better understanding of the Muslim faith.

    Challenge MSA to condemn Hamas or Hazabullah and they will run away.Recommend

  • Indian
    Dec 12, 2015 - 5:29PM

    What about the muslim effort to know about other religions.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Dec 12, 2015 - 5:43PM

    @Indian:

    I fully agree. The way we have treated our minorities is disgraceful.

    We all need to stand up and do the stuff ordinary American’s are doing to stand up for their minorities (which is admirable).Recommend

  • ShamelessPakistanis
    Dec 12, 2015 - 5:47PM

    @Hameed:
    Challenge humanity to hold USA accountable for innocent killings in Iraq(so many more countries) and humanity will run away!Recommend

  • Allah hafiz
    Dec 12, 2015 - 6:08PM

    Is there are protestant or catholic student association or hindu,buddhist or jain student association in any college…what nonsense in name of religion…they are in college for studying science,commerce or maths etc…etc….why propogate religion….Recommend

  • John B
    Dec 12, 2015 - 6:25PM

    “You can’t really understand or judge a person and their beliefs until you understand why they do it and what it’s like for them to do what they’re doing.”

    Well, what did they understand by wearing a hijab?

    The quote equally applies to understanding Islamic extremism.Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Dec 12, 2015 - 9:11PM

    Lets arrange inter faith events and let the world be better place to live. I t is real teaching of Islam.First every one is human, and if every one follow their own faith world will be peacefull.

    The super power’s and their ally’s know very well that who r the terrorists, because the breed and financed them for their interest.Recommend

  • ali
    Dec 13, 2015 - 12:35AM

    @Indian:
    My girlfriend is a Hindu schoolteacher of Indian heritage here in Toronto. We plan to get married soon. We haven’t discussed conversion, but we do debate religion. Let’s not generalize humans. A little to be learnt from this picture perhaps.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Dec 13, 2015 - 4:33AM

    I’m tired of always hearing about Muslims.Recommend

  • Raj - USA
    Dec 13, 2015 - 6:20AM

    @ali:
    My best wishes to you both. I do admire that you have not discussed conversion with your soon to be wife, a hindu of Indian heritage. In my view, if your wife converts to Islam after 4-5 years of marriage, there is nothing wrong. However, everything is wrong for both parties to a marriage, if marriage accompanies conversion. I would like to see muslims, both men and women, marrying those belonging to other religion and no one converting. Recommend

  • Kufristani
    Dec 13, 2015 - 6:28AM

    @ali
    Ok. We are supposed to be reassured you haven’t discussed conversion? We can assume you or your family will bring it up soon and discuss the “peaceful” nature of conversion?Recommend

  • Skywalker
    Dec 13, 2015 - 8:14AM

    @ShamelessPakistanis:
    Atrocities in Muslim empires are going on for centuries. Let us not blame west for it.
    West has done atrocities on everyone including their own people and things have moved on.

    Muslim majority nations are ruled by despots and dictators. Also read how Islamic Republic of Gambia’s president is ruling it. Not by love and hippie/sufism but with a iron hand. Just like every other Muslim ruler, he knows what works for Muslims. So did Saddam, Bashar, Qaddafi and our biradars the Gulfies.Recommend

  • Clown
    Dec 13, 2015 - 8:17AM

    Hijab is in scarfs are out! Tommy Hilfiger is creating silk Hijabs. I wish RL or TH would make Thobes for men too. Discard those Levi’s and Dockers those are passe.Recommend

  • ajeet
    Dec 13, 2015 - 8:41AM

    @ali:
    Hope she is not forced to convert and her kids stay hindu.Recommend

  • junglee
    Dec 13, 2015 - 8:51AM

    @ajeet:

    KHAN’t stop doing it, can ya :-)Recommend

  • Avi
    Dec 13, 2015 - 10:33AM

    @ali well said…
    But will your family accept her with her heritage ???? M nt judgingRecommend

  • Dec 13, 2015 - 9:10PM

    Teaching about one another’s religion is one thing. Asking them to wear religious garb is another. Would you like it if Jewish kids asked non-Jewish kids to put on a kippah, tefilin or a talit in a public school setting? That would not be acceptable nor should it be. Why is this okay? And hate crimes agains Jews occur at a much higher rate than hate crimes against Muslims Recommend

  • Shini Kadan
    Dec 13, 2015 - 9:53PM

    Why were only female students invited to wear the hijab? If we want equality, then the boys should have been invited to as well, including the Muslim boys. Equality means complete equality, not sex discrimination.Recommend

  • Grog
    Dec 14, 2015 - 12:41AM

    This is unacceptable in America! The slow but steady muslim conquest of America continues. Parents who allow their children to do this are SICK! Those who are in their 20s and 30s who would say I’m crazy will be the ones asking, “How did this happen?,” when American turns into the next Lebanon! This is all happening by design!Recommend

  • faraz
    Dec 14, 2015 - 5:51PM

    @Grog:
    And you are happy with Hindu conquest of America?Recommend

  • echoboom
    Dec 14, 2015 - 9:34PM

    There is less problem in USA…In Pakistan the liberaloons, secularoons, and murtadoons are the enslaved minds who try to fancy themselves “modern” by looking down upon hijab and beards…It is such riffraff that which needs to be put in its place.Recommend

  • Alcapone
    Dec 15, 2015 - 12:10AM

    @Pakistani –> Good job acknowledging it as a problem…Govt is judged by how it treats its minorities….Time for Pak govt to take corrective action..About time …
    @Raj/Ajeet–> Simple google shows that interfaith marriages do happen a lot in India..In Bollywood there are more marriages where wife is a muslim and husband Hindu…Time to realize that it is not worth blaming muslims specially in India where hate preaching politicians are gaining ground…There is no competition in love…kudos to the cpl breaking religious barriers…does not matter if spouse is a hindu or muslim..
    @ sTACEYkITMAN–> Israel is led by the biggest criminal today…bombing innocent indiscriminately…U robbed Palestine of their country…U had no right ..Now u rbuilding walls around them…I still do not want to judge jews as bad ppl…there r many who r nice and are against Zionism…I love my logical and open minded jewish hindu Christina and muslim borthers around the world..peaceRecommend

  • Janice
    Dec 15, 2015 - 7:04PM

    There is a movement of domination at a base level in all our universities attacking Democracies by lying about the Middle Eastern blaming Israel, the polar opposite, for the plight of the “Palestinians” while neglecting their abominable lack of human rights in the majority of Arab countries in the world minus Azerbaijan. There is also an unacceptable acceptance of this status quo that is past sickening. If these students were multicultural, they would be celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah and sharing food on Muslim, Christian and Jewish holidays. And that would be the best way of having shared holidays and values.Recommend

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