Hijab- most often a word misinterpreted by individuals for symbol of oppression, or a protest to Non-Muslims, has declared its awareness for what it is not.
On February 9, Women In Action encouraged all Muslim and Non-Muslim participants to model Hijabs in honor of International Hijab Day; annually occurring on the first day of February. As specified by Sumayyah Joan, an active member of the Islamic Circle of North America, hijab comes from the Arabic word “hajaba”, meaning to hide from view or to conceal. “I walked past my friends in the U Building, with the hijab on, and they didn’t even recognize me,” chuckled Emily Leyva, a Moraine Valley student with a Hispanic background, who willingly participated to wear the hijab for the remaining of the day. Muslim Women also wear the hijab as an act of Obedience to The Creator. “O Children of Adam! We (God) have bestowed clothing upon you to cover yourselves and as an adornment (for beauty); and the clothing of righteousness- that is best.” Qur’an (7:26). Flowing dresses and headscarves has also been associated with “Godliness” or “God consciousness” for example, as provided in pictures of the Virgin Mary.
Lamees Barham, as being part of the Muslim Student Association, touched down on modesty by stating that wearing a Hijab is a way to “hide beauty, and only show it to certain people.” Additionally, he provided a realistic example of the purpose for wearing the hijab as he compared it to walking into a grocery store and choosing between an opened or closed snicker’s bar. As explained in My Journey To Freedom, three years after declaring her belief in God (Allah) and His Messenger, Joan states,“Stepping out of the darkness of disbelief into the light of Islam, it’s funny that I found such freedom in the very thing that was keeping me from Islam in the first place-the hijab.” Although some might argue that hijab does not belong in modern times, a world in which moral values are scarcely decreasing, the circumstances make the promotion of the hijab even more necessary.
Naheed Mustafa, also a member of the Islamic Circle of North America, wrote her refection in society’s view of hijab, “I often wonder whether people see me as a radical, fundamentalist Muslim terrorist packing an AK-47 assault rifle inside my jean jacket. Or maybe they see me as a poster girl for oppressed womanhood everywhere.” “It’s a good experience,” added Aseel Jaber, “It helps people who wear head scarfs not to be afraid, especially now, due to what is going on with the Trump Presidency,” Kaber continued. Joining the WIA is Susan Ismail, also a member of Student Government Association, who volunteered to enhance a fundraiser for scholarships by using her artistic ability of drawing Henna designs at the price of $5. Henna, an ancient tradition of temporary tattooing, is “a way to adore the body, without creating infections,” added Ismail-owner of Sahara Henna Designs.
Ismail also participates in corporate scenery such as Whole Foods, independent Henna parties, and tattoo shop located in Crestwood.
For more information on Henna Body Art, Ismail may be reached via Facebook @SaharaHennaDesigns and also via Instagram, at instagram.com/ saharahennadesigns