Over a dozen non-Muslim female students at Vernon Hills High School in Chicago participated in a December event led by Muslim students who asked them to wear the traditional hijab head covering in an effort to "denounce negative stereotypes" and to gain a better understanding of the Muslim faith, according to the Daily Herald.
"You can't really understand or judge a person and their beliefs until you understand why they do it and what it's like for them to do what they're doing," said Yasmeen Abdallah, a senior and president of the school's Muslim Student Association (MSA) which organized the event.
The David Horowitz Freedom Center has done extensive research on the MSA and explains that the organization is a "legacy project of the Muslim Brotherhood," established by its members in 1963 at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The stated goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is "destroying Western civilization from within."The formation of the MSA has led to nearly 600 chapters on campuses nationwide and has become "the most influential Islamic student organization in North America."
Vernon Hills' 10-member MSA titled the event, "Walk a Mile in Her Hijab" and hopes that it becomes an annual event at the school.
From the Herald:
Six members of the group spent the morning placing hijabs on 17 non-Muslim girls who wanted to participate in the project. They also talked about the meaning of the hijab and facets of the Muslim religion to students who approached them.
Teachers and students at the school were encouraged to ask questions about the hijab when they came across a student wearing one.
It was noted that the event was planned back in May and not as a result of the Paris or California Islamic terror attacks.
The school's principal, Jon Guillaume, admired the MSA's event saying:
I think it is a difficult time to be a Muslim student in our high school, in our community, and in America. I think this is an opportunity for our kids to embrace the Muslim community within the school. For other kids outside of this organization, to understanding what it's like for these girls to walk through our halls in this garment in a way that stands out from other kids. So, I'm proud of them.
The report notes that the girls "benefited from the experience" and received positive feedback from other students. Only one negative comment was recorded: a male student who told one of the non-Muslim girls to remove the hajib as they passed in the hallway.