Non-Muslims don hijab for a day of awareness

By Shazia Yousuf


Around 40 non-Muslim Boston University students volunteered to wear hijab on March 22 as a part of the university’s Islamic Awareness Month. The “BU Hijab Day Challenge”, as it was named, was one of several events sponsored by the Boston University Muslim Students Association in celebration of the month of awareness.

Throughout the month of March, the association sponsored series of events including Petals from the Prophet, where they distributed flowers to their non-Muslim schoolmates.

The aim of the BU Hijab Day Challenge was to dispel the common stereotypes about Islam and answer the questions non-Muslims have about Islam.

The day concluded with an open discussion titled “What is Islam?” in which the participants shared their experiences and raised questions that had come to their minds throughout the day.

More than 100 Muslim and non-Muslim students gathered to listen to the mostly positive stories.

About Shazia Yousuf 5 Articles
Born and raised in Indian-administered Kashmir, Shazia worked as a social affairs correspondent for a local news magazine: KashmirLife. After earning a fellowship under the Ford Fellowships Program, she came to United States in 2011 to pursue her Master’s degree in Print and Multimedia Journalism. Shazia is passionate about reporting on minority and gender issues.