• Muslim Students Association Hosts High School ‘Walk a Mile in Her Hijab’ Event

    The Muslim Students Association (MSA) of an Illinois public school hosted a “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab” event to provide non-Muslim students the opportunity understand more about the Muslim faith.

    “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,” Yasmeen Abdallah, president of Vernon Hills High School’s MSA , told the Daily Herald. “This event is to hopefully denounce negative stereotypes.”

    Muslims believe females are commanded by God in the Quran, Islam’s holy text, to wear the hijab head covering as a form of modesty.

    Six members of the school’s MSA spent an entire morning placing hijabs on 17 non-Muslim girls as they discussed the garb’s meaning and tenets of the Muslim religion.

    Abdallah said she hopes the “Walk a Mile in Her Hijab” event will be held annually. The

    The school’s principal of Vernon Hills High praised the MSA members for hosting the event.

    “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 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.”

    The Muslim Students Association has approximately 600 chapters in the United States and Canada and was incorporated in January of 1963 when members of the Muslim Brotherhood convened at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with the goal of “spreading Islam as students in North America,” according to The Investigative Project on Terrorism.

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