I thought Monday 27th March 2017, was just like any other day, but oh how wrong I was!!! 27.03.17/03.27.13 actually marked the first ever Muslim Women’s Day…whaat I couldn’t believe my eyes!!! A day that celebrates the achievements of muslim women and places them at the forefront…could not have come at a better time 🙂
The brains behind this awesome campaign came from MuslimGirl, which is a new favourite website of mine. Even though “muslim” women are the target audience, the website is great because it discusses a variety of contemporary issues that are relatable to all women.
Thanks to MuslimGirl, I discovered the artist/poet, Mona Hayder whose song “Hijabi (Wrap my hijab)“ was released on the 27.03.17. When I gave it a listen, I loved everything about it from the lyrics, to the background music and the way Mona raps over a slick beat. The song is very much a pro-hijab anthem which champions the women who choose to wear the religious veil. It is also unashamedly feminist with lyrics like, “Make a feminist planet, women haters get banished, covered up or not don’t ever take us for granted.”
Despite what people might think about the hijab or what it represents, Mona makes it clear that she will still continue to wear her headscarf.
“What that hair look like, bet that hair look nice? How long your hair is, you need to get yo life…”
“So even if you hate it, I still wrap my hijab, wrap my hijab, wrap my hijab…”
The hijab is like the dress code for muslim women and it symbolises modesty, obedience and faith not oppression and lack of freedom…so please don’t get it twisted.
I have so much admiration and respect for those who choose to wear the hijab because by doing so, people automatically know what religion they practise. It’s like wearing a T-shirt that says, “Look at me, I am a muslim.”
In our current climate, muslims are unfortunately paying the price for the actions of a minority. Muslims are being branded as “terrorists” and face being assaulted by those who actually believe this to be true…For this reason, I have even more respect for the women who choose to “wrap their hijabs” before leaving their homes.