Having seen women's headscarves banned in French schools and booed at a
Cowboys game, North Texas Muslim women united Saturday to profess pride for
their religious garb.
"We understand France's desire to keep church separate from state," said
Saffia Meek, who coordinated the event for the Council on American Islamic
Relations. "However, they're going about it in a way that infringes upon
someone's right to practice their religion."
About 75 people, most of them women, celebrated International Hijab
Solidarity Day at a rally in Dealey Plaza. The women were sending the
message that wearing the traditional Muslim hijab - the headscarf that
covers the neck, head and hair and the loose-fitting garment that covers a
woman's body - is their choice and they feel more liberated because of it.
The event was celebrated in more than 10 countries Saturday.
Jamillah Hatim-Golden, 23, told women wearing a rainbow of colorful and
unique headscarves below a drizzling sky to "remember today, and know that
you are not alone." She added that the hijab "protects us from being
Ms. Meek said that some countries oppress women who wear the hijab.
Hijab comes from the Arabic word hajaba, meaning to hide from view or
conceal. Ms. Hatim-Golden said the hijab is not a form of oppression.
"We really want to make clear that we want to do this," she said..