The growing use of social media in recent years provides opportunities for Muslim women to speak truth to preconceptions. Wired lists 5 women quashing preconceptions about Islam on social media (including MMW’s own Sana Saeed).
A group of Saskatoon Muslim women in Canada is trying to break through stereotypes by inviting other women to meet them, and try wearing the hijab, as part of a national campaign called “Je Suis Hijabi”.
The Hijabi Chronicles held the second “#MuslimWomeninHiphop #Expressions- ofResistance” showcase in San Francisco. In a national atmosphere of intense Islamophobia, these strong and talented artists used their art, rhymes, poetry and other forms of powerful expression to show their steadfast resistance.
A Muslim American woman, Sam Mak, seeks to help Americans better understand Islam, Muslims, and the difference between extremists who claim to represent Islam and those who do.
The hashtag #NotYourRespectableHijabi has gone viral on Twitter after a Muslim girl decided to fight back against being told not to wear make up with a hijab.
A shopping center in Sweden has made a youth group paint over a hijab on a mural which had been ordered by the mall itself. The painters had to hide the hijab by spraying on hair.
In the UK, a children’s puppet show was suspended after complaints a black puppet looked like it was wearing hijab and was racially offensive.
Nigerian Muslims have rejected a ban on a ‘long hijab’ for female college graduates enrolling for national service. One Muslim group has described the decision by the government agency handling the recruitment as “discriminatory, baseless and unacceptable”.
“Wearing the niqab is a Jewish habit and has nothing to do with piety“, claims Amna Nosseir, a professor of Comparative Jurisprudence at Al-Azhar University and a member of the House of Representatives.