Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Global Pink Hijab Day



 Pink Hijab day  is designed to encourage Muslim women and men to participate in breast cancer awareness activities. The event also encourages the curious to ask Muslim women about their Hijabs, or Islamic headscarves. All over the world, Muslims participated by wearing pink hijabs, pink ribbons, and donating to breast cancer foundations.

How did Pink Hijab Day Start?

Pink Hijab Day began in 2004 in a small high school in Columbia, Missouri. A group of girls decided to wear pink hijabs one day to encourage others to ask questions about their hijabs and about Islam. After more and more people began participating, the Susan G. Komen Foundation was conacted and Pink Hijab Day had its start.

What is the purpose of Pink Hijab Day?
1) To raise awareness and funds for cancer foundations across the globe.
2) To encourage the curious to ask questions about Hijab to better understand Muslim women
3) To encourage Muslims to participate in activism that reaches beyond religious, ethnic, and national borders

Who can participate in Pink Hijab Day?
Anyone! Anyone can wear a pink item, whether it's a pink Hijab, a pink ribbon, or pink socks. In 2008, a group of students in Canada dyed kufis and wore pink kufis. Even if you don't wear anything pink, you can donate to any local cancer foundation to make a difference

What can I do for Pink Hijab Day?
The list is endless! Here is a list of a few ideas:

•Wear a pink hijab, ribbon, shirt, shoelace...ANYTHING!
•Donate to a local cancer research organization
•Organize a walk, or join a local walk for cancer
•Encourage the Imam at your masjid to focus his khutba on issues related social activism, health, and breast cancer
•Send the press release to local media outlets
•Organize a panel discussing women in Islam, Hijab, and/or Islam and social activism
•Contact your local Islamic School or MSA to participate in the project
•Distribute information about breast cancer prevention and general health
•Text/email all of your friends about Pink Hijab Day!

How can I start a Pink Hijab Day movement in my area?
Click on the "In Your Neighborhood" link on the website and see if your area is already participating. If not, fill out a form and become a representative for your area. Then start rounding up participants to join you in healing with Hijabs!

CHECK OUT http://www.pinkhijabday.net/ for more information!

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