Hijab makes history in Minnesota

Halima Aden in her burkini

Anti-Muslim American racists are in panic these day, even though they have elected Donald Trump: America’s First Jewish President.

But it seems Americans in Minnesota are rebelling against the Establishment. They elected the first Muslim to US Congress, Keith Ellison in 2007. On November 8, 2016, they sent first Muslim woman, Ilhan Omar, to the State Congress. She defeated Phyllis Kahn, who had occupied the seat for the last 44 years. Ilhan Omar happens to wear Hijab.

Over the weekend, Halima Aden, 19, a Minnesota Muslim girl made history in the state’s Miss USA beauty pageant, becoming the first contestant to compete in a hijab and Burkini. Miss Aden made the top 15 in a contest of 45 – but though didn’t win, she still took the showing as a victory.

A lot of people will look at you and will fail to see your beauty because you’re covered up and they’re not used to it, so growing up I just had to work on my people skills and give people a chance to really know me besides the clothing,” said Aden.

Aden was born in Kenya and moved to Minnesota as a child.

Aden decided to wear her traditional clothing because that is what she is more comfortable in and to inspire others to embrace themselves.

Be who you are. It’s easy to feel like you have to blend in, but it takes courage to live your life with conviction and embrace the person that you are,” said Aden.

Pageant officials support Aden’s choice to be fully covered.

I think for Halima standing on the stage this weekend she is showing other women that they too can do that and that it’s possible for them,” said Denise Wallace, executive co-director of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.

20110918185950868[1]In 2011, Indonesia with world’s largest Muslim population, held Muslim world’s first Muslimah World pageant to counter Western ‘Miss Universe’ pageant. It was organized by the ‘Indonesia Islamic Fashion Consortium‘, a NGO.

3 responses to “Hijab makes history in Minnesota

  1. While I appreciate a full make up, slim figured , hijab – clad alternative to Miss Universe this charade still upholds something totally vacuous, unnecessary, competitive, commercial & show-offy as something aspirational to young muslim women. And quite frankly it flies flat in the word & spirit of Islam. The purpose of Hijab is not to draw and provocatively attract attention to one self. Complete with make up & bright lipsticks this pageant shows how do-able it is with hijab to make oneself the center of attraction. It’s still part of the “Look at me Look at me” western hyper commercial culture. And while these muslima are barely covering off on the hijab (zthahir)external aspect of Islam they are not complying with the Hijab (battin) inner aspect. They are still projecting their inner intent to put themselves out there for public display which is very unIslamic

    • I agree but don’t forget – Hijab is part of Islam, but Islam is not Hijab. I have met and listened to some of great women scholars of Islam, who don’t wear Hijab ……Same goes for beard.

      • Absolutely agree Rehmat. That why the inner Hijab is the core & essence. Because behaving suggestively is not dependent on external hijab. I suppose and (this is a shared stance by many in the muslim world) that there are some ladies making a mockery of Hijab in the way they wear it, talk, behave…etc. some years ago there was a photo of Erdogan, his wife & Mrs Merkel and other leaders. (I’m no fan of Merkel btw) but Mrs Erdogan with her latex thick make up, pouty hot pink lipsticked Botox lips, tight fitting jacket & shoes only a night club goer at night or hooker by day) would wear looked shocking despite her fully hijabed head. A total mockery of hijab. By contrast Mrs Merkel looked like a modest and fully covered office worker. All eyes would immediately go to Mrs Erdogan not Merkel & for all the wrong g reasons.

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