Free hijabs: Islamic veils available tomorrow on Nicollet Avenue

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Mohamed is studying public health and business at St. Kate's.
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Thanks to a grant from the Minnesota Community Foundation totaling at least $5,000, free hijabs will be distributed Saturday afternoon along Nicollet Mall.

The giveaway is the brainchild of Fatuma Mohamed, a north Minneapolis woman who applied for the grant as part of the Minnesota Idea Open. Mohamed says she wants all women, Muslim or not, to feel comfortable with the veil that is commonly worn throughout much of the Islamic world.

Mohamed, explaining the thought process behind the event, told the TC Daily Planet that she wants "people to experience wearing the headdress -- [that's] better than just talking about it."

"I want no mystery about the headdress," she added. "Hijab is about being seen and heard for who we are, not about our bodies."

While a senior at South High in Minneapolis during the spring of 2011, Mohamed created a women's group called Sunnah Sisters. Members of that organization, along with volunteers from other faiths, plan to hang out along Nicollet Mall throughout the afternoon and give away hundreds of the headdresses.

According to the BBC, "Hijab is an Arabic word meaning barrier or partition."

"In Islam, however, it has a broader meaning. It is the principle of modesty and includes behaviour as well as dress for both males and females."


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Jim Creston Poet
Jim Creston Poet

I'm not religious, usually anti-religious, but I admire their quietness and modesty. I see them as one of the pillars of our community.

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

Kathie - thanks for proving me right with the tone of your latest comment. I think you need to take a chill pill before you work yourself into a hissy fit. IMHO, I think maybe an interfaith conference at the Islamic Cultural Community Center opened to the public for free would be more effective than just handing out free hijabs. $5k seems awfully lot for what appears to be a social science project. I think this could end badly by attracting a lot of Michele Bachmann types and the harassment of this young lady.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

Excuse me Erica, Im in property manegment and several times been asked, so before you go calling rude maybe just maybe you should get your facts straight... have a nice day!

Stefanie Megan Brown
Stefanie Megan Brown

Look at our adorable post-racial, tolerant, peaceful society! We've come so far, brothers and sisters! *eyeroll*

Adam Grebin
Adam Grebin

Yeah it's pretty cruel to want to change someones beliefs. Especially beliefs that condone "honor killings" and subjugation of women. There are no views, religions, or politics that should have a special exemption from examination and criticism. Also, race, religion, and culture are independent from one another. Just because I disagree or am critical of someones culture or religion does not mean I "hate" them based on the color of their skin.

Lisa Andrews
Lisa Andrews

I think there is possibly a better way to spend 5k. Just sayin

Bill Seurer
Bill Seurer

"I won't change my holidays our beliefs for them" But I bet you are all for forcing "them" to change "their" holidays and beliefs for you!

Pinko Thinker
Pinko Thinker

can't we all just wrap our entire bodies in multiple layers of unfounded fairy tales?

Todd Hurst
Todd Hurst

To steal my own line from another FB page.... I haven't gotten a hijab in quite a while. Do I need to bring my own lotion and tissues?

Erica Anderson
Erica Anderson

Kathie - like you are any better? No one has asked anyone to change their holidays for their religion. From my experience, it is Christians who are the rude ones.

Alan Musielewicz
Alan Musielewicz

Hell Bob .. the Romanian judge never gives more than a 6.8.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

Todd - Good point! I kind of felt she was mixing the two in her rant as well. That'll be points off from the Romanian judge who is a stickler for such detail.

Kathie Carlson
Kathie Carlson

I agrre with Sierra and Colleen, I won't change my holidays our beliefs for them. And they are rude!! I don't owe them anything!!

Todd Hurst
Todd Hurst

@Bob Alberti - Tell me how one can win a Racist award by portraying a RELIGION?

Dave Salmonson
Dave Salmonson

Colleen just discribed most of the white people that shop at walmart and/or live in trailer parks.

Nick Glover
Nick Glover

Hijabs? I'll pass. Call me when the Sikhs are giving away dastars, or Shinto priests are offering fundoshi.

Bob Alberti
Bob Alberti

And congratulations to Colleen Johnson representing the USA in the 2012 Racist Olympics. Here we see her racist floor exercise and, Oh!, the crowd goes wild as she twists around to play the victim of racism herself! That's gotta earn her some extra points with the racist judges...

Colleen Johnson
Colleen Johnson

OMgeeeeeeeez...but no one listens when people talk about how rude they are...and how their kids run around misbehaving, and then if you say something...they run around saying I am going to tell...ok!!! It is ok for them to be rude...but if anyone is rude to them...it is racial...I think they got the poor, poor pitiful me, racial thing down pat...and I am Native, so I know when I see someone abusing the racism card...and they do! Never mind that there are some of them going to ATM machines cashing in up to 20* EBT* cards at a time...WTH is that about? And you wonder why people are mad...

TheConservativeJerk
TheConservativeJerk topcommenter

I've GOT to get me one of those.

I'll give it to a guy I know. 

It will put a new spin on the drag he wears.

A hijab drag float in the next years Pride Fest parade may be a fun idea.

Thatta draw some national and international attention...

JonnyBeGoode
JonnyBeGoode

But why give them out for free?  this does not make sense at all.  Why not hand out clothing to the homeless?

Xenophilius
Xenophilius

I think the hijab and full-body dress can be a beautiful concept - they eliminate physical difference in people and encourage relationships based on spiritual and personal character. That being said, the concept really only works when both men and women participate, when they both accept that kind of physical anonymity. Otherwise it seems like just another tool of gender inequality. Also, I can't help but think of Dementors when I see Somalian women in full black robes running across the street. Just had to put that out there.

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