New York - Amidst the rising Islamophobia in the United States and the rest of Western countries, a group of school girls in a Chicago school have decided to run against the tide and war Hijab in order to denounce racism and promote acceptance of and tolerance towards Muslims.
New York – Amidst the rising Islamophobia in the United States and the rest of Western countries, a group of school girls in a Chicago school have decided to run against the tide and war Hijab in order to denounce racism and promote acceptance of and tolerance towards Muslims.
Called “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab,” the initiative is led by a dozen non-Muslim schoolgirls from Vernon Hills high school in Chicago, in Illinois, the state with the numbers of Muslims in the Untied States.
The group of schoolgirls will wear the Hijab, the traditional headscarf in order to better understand Islam and live as a Muslim woman, according to Siast.com.
“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,” School senior Yasmeen Abdallah was quoted by the same source as saying.
The initiative earned the praise of the school principal who pointed that it constitutes an opportunity to promote understanding of and respect towards the Muslim community.
“I think it is a difficult time to be a Muslim student in our high school, in our community and in America,” School principal Jon Guillaume was quoted by the same source as saying.
“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 understand 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.
The initiative comes a week after republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, called for stopping Muslims from entering the United States. The statement caused uproar worldwide, promoting Dubai’s retails giant Landmark Group to stop selling Donald Trump-branded products.
Democrat presidential hopeful, Hillary Clinton, described the real-estate mogul’s fearmongering rhetoric against Muslims as an “insult,” and a “shameless and dangerous idea.”
“This is both a shameless and dangerous idea at a time when American should be doing everything we can to lead the fight to defeat ISIS and other radical jihadists,” Clinton said in rally last Tuesday.