To dispel myths about Hijab, the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community (AMJ) has launched a nationwide campaign titled “Je Suis Hijabi”, or “I Am Hijabi”. It is to remove the misconceptions that may exist surrounding Muslim women’s identity.
With recent hate crimes being perpetrated against Muslim women in various parts of the world, woman belonging to the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community feel that it is essential to use our voice and help Canadians better understand the Muslim identity.
Ahmadi women aspire to open dialogues and public forums with Canadians across the country over the next two weeks. There will be various meet-ups, public events across Canada, social media campaigns, viral video projects, awareness workshops and activities. The aim is to use this campaign to truly highlight Canadian values of multiculturalism, plurality, and freedom of religion.
The Ahmadiyya Muslims are not new to running such effective campaigns. Last year, the community organized Meet A Muslim Family, which became a hit all across the country, and later on Fast With A Muslim Friend during Ramadan. The purpose of these campaigns are just to foster inter-faith harmony and further build the relationships we already have with our lovely Canadians!
“As Muslim woman, we’re socially active within our communities: we’re volunteers at local food banks and our children’s schools, we sit on school councils, are involved in Remembrance Day campaigns, and much more. This campaign will allow us to elicit positive messages that will help others get an understanding of what it’s like to be a Hijabi!”
Hijab and modesty are not exclusive to Islam and Muslim women. All religions prescribe modesty. Judo Christianity also prescribes veil for women (I Corinthians 11:3-10). We see nuns wearing Hijab and modest attires, church goers and many Jews women in hats and long dresses. Mother Mary is always wearing a Hijab. All christian women marry in Hijab. This is all in alignment with Judo Christianity teachings. Today most Muslim women live by their religious teachings whereas most Judo Christian women do not.
Islam has recognized the beauty and benefit of modesty and has prescribed it for both men and women in order to foster a more harmonious society that is conducive to a healthy family.
Despite some hate crimes against Muslims, we are hopeful and optimistic. We have faith in our fellow Canadians. We’ve seen communities come together, whether that’s a Synagogue opening its doors in Peterborough, or Canadians cleaning the mosque in Cold Lake Alberta after it was vandalized.