The Muslim Student Association will be hosting the Hijab Day Challenge next Thursday, Feb. 27. This is an all-day event in which women of any faith or culture are encouraged to participate by wearing a headscarf.

MSA representatives will host an informational session from 12-2 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 26 at a table in the Morris University Center. During this time, students are welcome to visit, pick up a headscarf for Thursday’s event and learn how to wear one. Women wanting to participate should bring a straight pin or safety pin to keep their scarves from falling off.

According to MSA President Nasir Almrasi, hijab is a term referring to modest dressing for men and women, but this event will focus more on the headscarves that are worn by Muslim women who choose to do so. 

MSA Vice President Amina Musa is organizing the event. She said the purpose of the Hijab Day Challenge is to start a conversation about the meaning of hijab, and more particularly, the reason why some women choose to wear one. 

The Hijab Day Challenge will enable women of any background to get a taste of what a day in the life of a Muslim woman wearing a headscarf is like and understand the courage it takes to do so, according to Musa.

Not every Muslim woman wears a hijab. According to Almrasi, wearing one is a personal choice for women.

Philosophy professor Saba Fatima as well as St. Louis University graduate student Imman Musa will be leading a discussion on the evening of the event at 5:30 p.m. in the Friends Corner of Lovejoy Library. During the discussion, the speakers plan to address the hijab’s history, meaning and its empowerment.

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