The hijab has come under increasing scrutiny in the US, particularly in recent years, and many are expressing outrage that some Muslims are using the symbol as a symbol of defiance.
Some are asking for its removal.
But some are also taking it upon themselves to do the right thing.
Kevork Djansezian and Mariam Khan talk to Kavita Das, a Muslim woman who wears the hijab to protest against the recent attacks in Minnesota.
Read moreKavita is a Muslim, and when her hijab was confiscated from her in 2014, she knew she had to do something.
She wanted to stand up for her rights, she says.
She decided to wear the hijab in protest of what she says are violations of Muslim women’s rights in the United States.
“I felt like it was a way of being defiant,” she says of her decision to wear it.
“I thought, ‘This is not my choice.'”
She says the hijab, which covers the hair, is often worn by women of colour and Muslim women who are victims of domestic abuse.
“In the United Kingdom, it is a big symbol of protest, and of solidarity, and it symbolizes the idea that women of color and Muslim mothers are not welcome,” she explains.
Kavitah is a name that translates to “the woman” and it has a strong meaning of the struggle against oppression.
It is used to describe women who struggle to be equal to men in the home, she explains, but that is not the same as being Muslim.
“For Muslims, hijab means a veil, but for us it’s a symbol.
It’s a way to express our power as Muslim women and the power that we have to stand in solidarity with our Muslim sisters,” she adds.”
It’s the symbol of the power we have as Muslim sisters, and to stand with them, it’s our duty.”
When Kavitahs are worn in public, many people assume it’s against the law.
But the hijab is not an Islamic dress code, nor is it a requirement for public employment or in schools.
The hijab is simply a symbol, a symbol that Muslims are supposed to wear in order to be seen as equal to everyone else.
“The way that we talk about the hijab and about Muslim women is to say that we are not ashamed of our religion,” says Kavitha Das, an organizer for a grassroots group that campaigns for Muslim women to wear hijabs.
“But we also know that we’re a Muslim family and that our religion has a lot to do with our family and our lives, and so we are all part of this collective,” she continues.
“We want to say to people who say, ‘You’re wearing a hijab and you’re going to be punished for it’ and ‘I’m not wearing the hijab,’ that the hijab really is just a symbol to show that you’re part of the family.”
Kavithas mother, who is Muslim, also explains that hijab is also not a matter of religious affiliation.
“When you wear the hijabs, that’s not a sign of belonging to any religion,” she argues.
“You can be a Muslim who wears a hijab, or you can be an atheist, and still be a good person,” she points out.
“There are plenty of examples of both of those things, but it’s not the case that one is better than the other.”
The hijab is a symbol in that it allows you to represent yourself, Kavivas mother adds.
It doesn’t matter what your religious affiliation is, the hijab allows you the freedom to express yourself as you choose.
“As a Muslim and as a woman, as a Muslim mom and as an atheist mother, you have the right to wear this thing, and I’m proud of it,” she notes.
“If people say, you can’t wear the veil, that is their interpretation of what a hijab means.
It means I can’t do things.
It says I can never express myself, and that’s my choice.”
Kasmeen Sadek, an American Muslim, believes the hijab should be more inclusive of all people.
She has been wearing it since she was 14 and says it has become a symbol for women who face oppression, including domestic abuse, racism, and other forms of discrimination.
Sadek is a professional musician who has played in many genres of music.
In a video on her YouTube channel, she shows how she has used the hijab as a way for her to express her freedom to be herself.
“So many people see me wearing it, they think, ‘Oh, it must be a sign that you are a Muslim,'” she says in the video.
“But the hijab doesn’t say that.”
“It doesn’t mean that you have to follow the rules or anything like that,” she clarifies.
“It’s just a sign.
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