Our resident reporter Ameera reporting on last week’s Pink Hijab Day
If you happened to be in Nanyang Technological University (NTU) or National Institute of Education (NIE) on Wednesday, 27th October 2010, you probably would have noticed many pink-clad heads bobbing through the student population. No, it is not a uniform for female Muslim students, it was actually Pink Hijab Day!
While this was the first time NTU Muslim Society celebrated Pink Hijab Day (PHD), it actually started in 2004 in Missouri, USA. Their aim was to encourage others to ask about the hijab & Islam and concurrently, spread awareness for breast cancer and raise funds for breast cancer research.
For a debut, PHD was a success in NTU. They had a booth that sold pink hijabs, pink roses, cupcakes, breast cancer pins and popcorn. They even had a Henna booth that proved popular with the crowd. All the proceeds went towards the Breast Cancer Foundation. The friendly ladies also gave out brochures & pamphlets regarding breast cancer and were more than willing to share their experiences about the hijab & Islam.
As PHD was held during NTU Muslim Society’s Islamic Awareness Week, there were other exhibition panels around that not only explained the importance of hijab in Islam, but detailed the use of a miswak & non-alcoholic perfumes, the place animals have in Islam and also the definition of halal meat!
The male students were not to be left out as some came to school wearing pink shirts and for the less daring or equipped, a red & white combination proved their support for Pink Hijab Day. The event ended with a sharing session at night as sisters shared their experiences when they first donned the hijab and also the challenges they had to go through during the process.
It was rumoured that a local madrasah also took part in Pink Hijab Day. Is that true? Submit your pictures or sharings to [email protected]!