In Sepideh: Reaching for the Stars, a film by Berit Madson, we follow a brave Iranian young woman as she watches the stars, while tensions steadily rise at school, in the mosque and at home.
When she was 16, someone tried to pull her headscarf. Rather than withdraw, Rana Abdelhamid turned her anger into a program that is now working with young Muslim women to teach them self-defense while encouraging them to become leaders and role models for others in their communities.
Some artists challenge Saudi Arabia’s traditional culture, says Raneen Farid Bukhari, who organizes an annual art show in Jeddah, a challenge coming from international culture that arrives on social media as well as the thousands of Saudis who are now educated abroad.
While Saudi Arabia remains one of the most repressive places in the world to be female, Wasma Mansour captures the tentative freedoms of those who live abroad.
When Abdul-Rahman Hajji heard about Fifa’s decision to lift the ban on headscarves back in 2014, he approached his sister with the idea of creating a Muslim women’s football team in Dublin.
The Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN), Lagos State Area Unit (LSAU), has warned President Muhammad Buhari not to consider or attempt any ban on Hijab. He said such consideration would ridicule the war against Boko Haram, adding it was an unnecessary approach.
Canadian Muslims can’t imagine having to choose between a hijab and going to school. In this article, Students at Ryerson University share their thoughts on the hijab ban in public schools in France, where there have been calls to extend the restrictions to universities.
For women who observe hijab, it is not merely a piece of cloth, nor a symbol of defiance. Rather, it is a path that aids in self-purification and nearness to their Creator. It is a means to inculcate modesty. By choosing to wear hijab, I feel liberated and empowered in the literal sense.