(OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, 1/31/2024) – The Oklahoma chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-OK) today announced its second World Hijab Day celebration, an event that aims to raise awareness about the hijab (Islamic headscarf worn by many Muslim women) and dismantle stereotypes associated with Muslim women who choose to wear it.

WHAT: CAIR Oklahoma presents World Hijab Day with Huda Fahmy
WHEN: Friday, February 2, 6 PM
WHERE: Credit Union House, 630 E. Hill St., Oklahoma City
TICKETS: https://www.cairoklahoma.com/event/worldhijabday2024/
NOTE: This is a women-only event.

[BACKGROUND: The word “hijab” refers to a scarf or cloth worn by many Muslim women to cover the hair, neck, and upper chest as an expression of modesty and faith. Muslim women around the world often practice a form of covering that ranges widely according to personal preference, culture, and geographical location. “Hijab” also refers to the concept of modest behavior, including minimum physical contact and respectful behavior, between people of different genders.]

The evening event will feature a catered dinner, raffle prizes, and a keynote address with Huda Fahmy, renowned author and creator of the webcomic “Yes I’m Hot In This!” and a series of books that illustrate her life as a Muslim woman in America.

SEE: Official Website of Huda Fahmy

“As an Oklahoma Muslim woman, I find it incredibly important to empower and celebrate Muslim women in our state while simultaneously educating the broader community about the significance of the headscarf,” said CAIR-OK Community Outreach Director Natasha Saya. “We are particularly excited to host author and illustrator Huda Fahmy for this event, given her unapologetic approach to promoting Muslim women’s rights.”

In addition to the evening dinner, CAIR Oklahoma is also announcing a “Books & Brunch” event where attendees can purchase Huda Fahmy’s books and meet with the author. This event is free and open to the public.

WHAT: Books and Brunch with Huda Fahmy
WHEN: Saturday, February 3, 11:30AM
WHERE: Commonplace Books, 1325 N. Walker Ave., Oklahoma City
REGISTER: https://cairoklahoma.harnessgiving.org/events/1279

Since the events of 9/11, Muslim women who wore the hijab or headscarf have faced heightened levels of discrimination and harassment. In Oklahoma, women have reported bullying at school, stalking and violence by neighbors, and physical assault by strangers. World Hijab Day emerged as a response to this increased targeting, intended to foster productive dialogue around the headscarf and to increase understanding and tolerance amongst people of all faiths and backgrounds.

SEE: Enid resident victim of anti-Muslim attack in Dallas

CAIR’s mission is to protect civil rights, enhance understanding of Islam, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT: Natasha Saya, CAIR-OK Community Outreach Director, nsaya@cair.com, 405-887-8354; Adam Soltani, CAIR-OK Executive Director, asoltani@cair.com, 405-248-5853