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Press Release for World Hijab Day

(UK Islamic Mission: 23 January 2024)

World Hijab Day Celebrates Diversity, Empowerment, and Understanding

On February 1, 2024, UK Islamic Mission (UKIM) proudly supports and acknowledges World Hijab Day, a global initiative dedicated to fostering inclusivity, education, and dialogue.

Established in 2013 by Nazma Khan, the initiative seeks to promote religious tolerance, understanding, and dialogue regarding the hijab. This annual global awareness and educational event, occurring on February 1st across over 150 countries, aims to foster inclusivity. It invites women from diverse faiths and backgrounds to wear a hijab for a day, encouraging active engagement in conversations about Islam.

World Hijab Day serves as a powerful platform to dispel misconceptions surrounding the hijab and celebrate the diverse expressions of Muslim women worldwide.

The primary objectives of World Hijab Day include:

  1. Fostering Understanding: Encouraging individuals from diverse backgrounds to experience wearing a hijab for a day, fostering empathy and understanding of its religious significance.
  2. Empowering Women: Recognising and celebrating the choice of Muslim women to wear the hijab as a powerful expression of their identity, freedom, and spirituality.
  3. Promoting Religious Tolerance: Encouraging conversations that break down stereotypes, combat Islamophobia, and promote tolerance, respect, and acceptance of diverse religious practices.
  4. Creating Dialogue: Providing a platform for open conversations about religious diversity, encouraging dialogue that bridges gaps and builds connections between communities.

UKIM champions the transformative power of education and dialogue to build a more inclusive and tolerant society. By participating in World Hijab Day, individuals can actively contribute to breaking down barriers, fostering mutual respect, and building bridges between diverse cultures and communities.

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