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Michigan Students Look Behind Hijab

Published: 23/04/2014 03:47:58 PM GMT
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MOUNT PLEASANT – Muslim students in Central Michigan University have organized a special event to allow non-Muslim students a rare trial of Islamic headscarves, offering them a difference cultural experience about Islam. “The reactions (to the hijabs) were great,” Mishari Alkhuwaiter, a Saudi Arabia graduate student and president of Mu...(more)

MOUNT PLEASANT – Muslim students in Central Michigan University have organized a special event to allow non-Muslim students a rare trial of Islamic headscarves, offering them a difference cultural experience about Islam.

“The reactions (to the hijabs) were great,” Mishari Alkhuwaiter, a Saudi Arabia graduate student and president of Muslim Student Association (MSA), told students website CM Life on April 22.

“People in Mount Pleasant are usually open-minded and nice.”

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Alkhuwaiter was recalling 'Under the Hijab' event organized earlier in April at Bovee University Center in CM University, in which 31 participants chose to try hijab.

The Islamic headscarves were offered by female members of MSA, offering girls an Islamic cultural experience.

“It was nice to see people excited and participating rather than receiving strange looks because we dress differently,” Eman Alqurashi, who volunteered at the event, said.

“Feeling the acceptance make us feel great and being nice and open with them make them also more relaxed and open to us.”

A similar event was organized by the Muslims Student Association (MSA) at the Eastern Michigan University last December, offering non-Muslim students a chance to try hijab for a day.

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

Misconceptions

The event was hosted by MSA in a bid to break stereotypes the media often portrays about women in Islamic culture.

“People in the United States believe Muslim women are not empowered,” Alkhuwaiter said.

“It’s their choice and religion to wear a hijab. There is no right culture and there is not only one right way to live life.”

He added that the event went well, but wished they could have stayed longer.

The MSA, which includes about 60 active members, was planning another event in fall to raise awareness about their faith.

“Islam has billions of followers around the world and there is not enough awareness,” Alkhuwaiter said.

Earlier in the semester, the association has organized other events including hosting speaker Yusuf Estes and competing in intramural sports.

US Muslims are estimated to be between six to seven millions and a recent Pew research found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.

It showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.

US Muslims are estimated to be between six to seven millions and a recent Pew research found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.

It showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.

Reproduced with permission from OnIslam.net - Read full article here

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