Indiana State University celebrated World Hijab Day in the Commons on Jan. 31. Graduate Assistant of International Resource Center, Alyaa Malibari enhanced the celebration with digital technology.
Malibari shed light on the culture of wearing a hijab from a scannable presentation that displayed various videos of religions and the way they cover their heads with Hijabs as a part of their culture.
The goal for World Hijab Day at ISU was to have people see beyond the usual stereotype that Muslims are the only religious group that wear Hijabs. Malibari was there to take the blinds off of people and make them see that every religion has their own hijab just with a different name.
“Just because our heads are covered doesn’t mean we’re less intelligent than other people or that we’re oppressed victims, it is a part of our culture and we all should be able to embrace it without being judged,” said Malibari.
In the presentation, Malibari showed how Jews were the first people who started covering their heads in the early 17th and 18th centuries. From Jewish, Hinduism, Sikh, Christianity to Muslim, the hijab has evolved and created controversies to this day.
Freshman and Fine Arts Major, Nina Mims said, “It teaches you a lot about how hijab is used and what it symbolizes. A lot of people don’t take time to understand it”.