World Hijab Day

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World Hijab Day
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World Hijab Day poster
Official name Inzamamul Haque
Observed by Various Islamic countries
Significance Promotion of solidarity with Muslim women in societies in which Muslims are a marginalized group, Islamic fundamentalism (alleged), etc.
Date February 1
Frequency Annual

World Hijab Day is an annual event founded by Nazma Khan in 2013.[1] The event takes place on February 1st each year in 140 countries worldwide.[2] Its stated purpose is to encourage women of all religions and backgrounds to wear and experience the hijab. Event organizers describe it as an opportunity for non-Muslim women to experience the hijab.[3]

Criticism of the event[edit]

Feminist activist and Muslim reformer Asra Nomani says "as Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the hijab in the name of interfaith solidarity," going on to say, "This modern-day movement spreads an ideology of political Islam."

Muslim reformer Maajid Nawaz accuses the day as being a "well-financed effort by conservative Muslims to dominate modern Muslim societies," and says that the event spreads the "misleading interpretation" that the head covering is always worn voluntarily, and that "hijab" purely means headscarf.[4] He also described the event as "worse than passe," suggesting that the name be changed to "Hijab is a Choice Day".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "World Hijab Day - Better Awareness. Greater Understanding. Peaceful World". Retrieved 13 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Participating Countries. "Worldwide Support". World Hijab Day. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  3. ^ "World Hijab Day". Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  4. ^ Nomani, Asra Q. (2015-12-21). "As Muslim women, we actually ask you not to wear the hijab in the name of interfaith solidarity". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 
  5. ^ Maajid Nawaz. "The Great Hypocritical Muslim Cover-Up". The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-03-06. 


  1. Grima, Nathalie. "An Affair of the Heart": Hijab Narratives of Arab Muslim Women in Malta." Implicit Religion 16, no. 4 (December 2013): 461-481. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost.
  2. Jones, Nicky. "BENEATH THE VEIL: MUSLIM GIRLS AND ISLAMIC HEADSCARVES IN SECULAR FRANCE." Macquarie Law Journal 9, (May 2009): 47-69. Academic Search Complete,EBSCOhost.
  3. Prusher, Ilene. "World Hijab Day: Muslims debate where the headscarf belongs." Christian Science Monitor, September 4, 2012. N.PAG, Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost
  4. Vyas, Sapna. "Identity Experiences of Young Muslim American Women in the Post 9/11 Era " Encounter 21, no. 2 (Summer2008 2008): 15-19. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost.
  5. ZAHEDI, ASHRAF. "Muslim American Women in the Post-11 September Era." International Feminist Journal of Politics 13, no. 2 (June 2011): 183-203. Academic Search Complete, EBSCOhost.
  6. "Participating Countries - World Hijab Day." World Hijab Day. N.p., n.d. Web. 05 Mar. 2016.
  7. "Assemblyman David Weprin issues statement in support of ‘World Hijab Day’", 01 Feb. 2016.

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