Hijab, the veil, is an integral part of the everyday life of hundreds of millions of women across the globe; it is no wonder that the commandment of Hijab is found in so many religious scriptures including the Torah, Bible and the Quran, and Hijab is practiced in many cultures. For Muslim women, Hijab is not only a basic human right, but also a religious one.
As you are aware, our modesty, freedom of religion and the basic human right of Hijab are under attack in many parts of the world. We wish to make it clear to all that Hijab is not merely a religious symbol, but an integral part of our religion. It is not just a piece of cloth; it is our identity. We believe it to be a commandment from our Almighty Lord, Allah (SWT) and we comply with His Command. Our right to dress with modesty is also recognized in the U.N Declaration of Human Rights. To deny us this is to deny us our religious and human rights.
On September 4th, 2010 the world observes International Hijab Solidarity Day. ICNA Sisters’ Wing joins this celebration and requests people of conscience, male and female, Muslim and non-Muslim alike to stand up for this fundamental right of women. International Hijab Solidarity Day is important to us and cannot be ignored. We request people of all faiths and cultures to stand up for this critical women’s right.
President, ICNA Sisters’ Wing