(Gainesville, GA) This past week, Brenau University students were given the opportunity to walk in the shoes of some of their fellow classmates.
The Brenau University International Club hosted a 3-day event that allowed students to learn about the Hijab within the Muslim religion. On day 2, they encouraged the student body to spend an entire day wearing one, and then they could all gather the next day to talk about their experiences.
A hijab is most widely known as a head covering that is worn in public by Muslim women, but it is also a religious code that governs those who wear one. Hijab is an Arabic word meaning “cover.”
Many Muslim women choose to wear the hijab, because they believe that God has instructed women to wear it as a means of fulfilling His commandment for modesty. This is a personal choice that these women have made after puberty, and is intended to reflect their personal devotion to God. When wearing a Hijab, you must wear loose-fitting, non-revealing clothing.
MK Jabbia, a senior at Brenau University, participated in all three days of the Hijab Experience.
Jabbia said, “I never knew much more about the hijab other than the fact it was a head covering. Thanks to this even I now know why and how to wear a hijab and I know how it feels. I got some funny looks and I had many people tell me ‘oh you look so cute’ but that isn’t what this is about. This is someone’s culture and beliefs and I’m very grateful that I got the opportunity to experience it.”
The International Club will also be hosting a Henna Fundraiser night this Thursday. For more information, contact any member of the Brenau University International club.