February 1 is World Hijab Day

World Hijab Day is celebrated on January 1 – a holiday that is gaining popularity in many countries of the world. The main category of people who celebrate it are representatives of Islam, although there are many who are interested in this, unusual at first glance, holiday among representatives of other religious denominations. Hijab is one of the attributes of women’s clothing in the Muslim world, which began to be seen more often on the streets of European countries.

Hundreds of thousands of Muslim women around the world wear the hijab and cover themselves according to the laws of Islam as a sign of their boundless love and submission to Allah. For Muslim women, hijab is not just clothing, it is not just covering, it is a way of life, its meaning, it is our position. This is our faith, our obedience and humility. This is a relationship with the Almighty, an attitude towards men, an attitude towards one’s beauty. The most important reason why Muslim women wear the hijab is only because it is the command of Allah, and we do not go against his orders in the pursuit of His abundance.

In the Qur’an, Allah Almighty said: “And tell the believing women to suppress their gaze and to preserve their chastity. They should not show any part of their body except what is necessary. They must cover themselves and must not relax these rules in the presence of anyone except in the presence of their husbands, fathers, fathers of their husbands, sons, sons of their husbands, brothers, sons of their brothers, sons of their sisters, other women, male servants or servants , whose sexual drive has been annulled, or children who have not reached puberty. They should not kick their feet while walking in order to shake and reveal some details of their bodies. All of you must repent before God, about you believers, so that you can succeed”

The initiator of the Hijab Day celebration is Nazma Khan. Khan was born in Bangladesh, but soon her parents moved to the United States. When Nazmi studied at an American school, children often bullied her because she wore a hijab. The mockery continued in the institute. Later, Nazmi Khan decided to organize a movement so that people would know more about the hijab. With the help of social networks, she gathered a group of activists. The initiative to hold a hijab day was immediately supported by people from dozens of countries around the world, including Great Britain, Australia, India, Pakistan, France and Germany. Accompanying literature was translated by activists into 22 languages. In the first year, 2013, residents of 67 countries took part in the campaign.

In 2016, 10 million women from 116 countries participated in World Hijab Day.