Muslim organisations in Ojo area of Lagos held a sensitisation rally on Sunday, educating Nigerians on the use of hijab.
Apart from Ojo, the hijab rally also saw the hijab-wearing Muslims move from Maryland (SUBEB) to Gani Fawehinmi (Freedom) Park Ojota; and from Joju round to Sango round about.
At OJo, they moved from the front gate of Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education to Otto and ijanikin community, chanting “My Hijab… My Pride”.
They shared a pamphlets discussing what hijab means and the importance of hijab to people in the community, which included both Muslims and non-Muslims.
Students of Lagos State University, Adeniran Ogunsanya College of Education and Secondary Schools also participated in the rally.
The women who held an awareness rally were members of Al-Mu’minaat (The Believing Women) Organisation, Federation of Muslim Women (FOMWAN), Nasrul- lahi -li Fathi Society of Nigeria (NASFAT) and the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria (MSSN) and Organization of Tadhamunul Muslimeen (OTM) among others.
Speaking to one of our correspondents, a Muslim lecturer at Adeniran Ogunsanya college of education, Hajia Baseeroh Adenowo, said: “The people that might have referred to this World Hijab Day as bid’ah may say it because the Prophet (SAW) didn’t celebrate it, but the Prophet (SAW) taught us to enlighten people about Islam. What we’re doing right now is the creation of awareness of what hijab means, its beauty, moral values for Muslim women and for the entire society. So it isn’t bid’a but a means to educate other people.”
She solidarised with students facing assault, harassment and mortification because of Hijab.
“Alhamdulillah, some sisters are firm with the use of hijab but some still don’t understand the intrinsic values of hijab. So, we all have a work to do in the enlightenment of secondary school Muslims students on the values of hijab. When they understand the tenet, benefit and importance of hijab, they would remain steadfast. Sis Amasa Firdaus, for an instance, is a role model to them all.”