Mary Ekere

Muslim women in Akwa Ibom State have joined their counterpart under the auspices of Federation of Muslim Women’s Associations in Nigeria, FOMWAN in celebrating the World Hijab Day 2020.

With the theme “unity in diversity: empowered in Hijab” adopted for this year’s celebration, Muslim women have been charged to continue to uphold the principle of modest and decent dressing through the use of hijab held at University  of Uyo Central Mosque.

Declaring the occasion opened, Alhaji Suleiman Akanbi who stood in for the Chairperson advised women faithful to reflect modesty and decency in their mode of dressing by using their hijab properly at all times.

Alhaji Akanbi pointed out that modesty and decency is a common ground for both Muslims and Christians agreement citing Virgin Mary – the earthly mother of Jesus Christ, who is referenced by Christians as a symbol of this agreement who adorned herself with the used of hijabs. He thus, advised them to keep following this commandment.

The State Admiral of FOMWAN, Alhaja Idayat Omisore in her speech decried discrimination meted against muslim females who adorn themselves with hijab as they are shunned and mocked at especially at places of work, schools and other social gatherings.

She called on the National Assembly to look into and make laws that will protect Islamic women from societal ills stating that the women are right in using the hijab as it their civil right and a necessity to covering themselves from prying eyes as instructed by the Qur’an.

Also, Zonal Coordinator,  South East 1 and Pioneer Admiral of FOMWAN in Akwa Ibom State, Alhaja Kudirat Sanni in her lecture stated that “the main purpose of the hijab which is in tandem of this year’s theme, “unity in diversity: empowered in Hijab” is to enhance a peaceful world where global Citizens respect each other and their beliefs irrespective of tribe, religious belief, political and professional affiliation, as we are one before our creator. It portrays a physical and spiritual obedience to their creator.

“The Hijab empowers women in diverse ways as it put them above being addressed as a sex toy and makes them develop a world view knowledge, enhances personality, projects dominance against all antagonistic devices, brings about educational upliftment and enhances psychological balance among others, Alhaja Sanni lectured.

The celebration is to commemorate this year’s Hijab Day which commenced on Friday, February 1 with coalitions of different groups adopting a March across major cities of Nigeria to lend their voices to the call to end stigmatization and discrimination against muslim women as they have chosen to adorn themselves with Hijab.

The 2020 celebration witnessed exhibition of various hijabs and Qur’an recitations.


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