International Purple Hijab Day

international day of awareness for domestic violence in February

International Purple Hijab Day (or Global Hijab Day or Purple Hijab Day) is a day when women wear purple hijabs to remember Aasiya Zubair, who was killed by her husband, and other people who have been through in-home violence. He killed Zubair on February 12, 2009, so people do Purple Hijab Day near February 12 every year. Most of the people who do International Purple Hijab Day are Muslims. On this day, women wear a head covering or veil of Purple colour. Other people who are not Muslim sometimes wear a purple hijab, headscarf, tie, hat, or Kufi.[1] In 2024, it was observed on 10th of February.

International Purple Hijab Day
International Purple Hijab Day
women wearing a Purple Hijab
Observed byMuslims against domestic violence
TypeIslam
DateSecond Saturday in February
2023 dateFebruary 11
2024 dateFebruary 10
2025 dateFebruary 8
Related toGlobal Pink Hijab Day

Background

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Some people believe Islam allows men to harm women, but other people do not. The Baitul Salaam Network, works with women who have been harmed by people in their homes. It says "one of the most ugly stereotypes(a fixed image or set of qualities that a lot of people believe represent a particular type of person or thing) is that Islam gives men the right to beat their wives."

The Voice of Libyan Women (VLW) stated that “It has been argued many times that violence against women is allowed in Islam, however, this is a huge falsehood due to the misinterpretation and misuse of religion.[2] Islam does not teach, accept, or allow abuse (the cruel and violent treatment of a person or animal) of any living thing” Instead, they say that Islam teaches "Muslims not to harm others" and Muslims are taught to believe there is a big punishment for Muslims in the Life after death who do harm to others or abuse the land, sea or plant life".[3]

History

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Aasiya Zubair was an American Muslim who helped start Bridges TV. Her husband killed her on February 12, 2009.. After that, people found he had been physically and emotionally harming her for many years. Aasiya Hadayai Majeed, who works at the Baitul Salaam Network (a group that works with women who have faced domestic violence), said, "Her murder made Muslim communities start to talk about domestic violence more."[4] After Zubair died, people started to talk more about stopping in-home violence in the Muslim community. Each year, near February 12, people do Purple Hijab Day to remember her.[5] The first Purple Hijab Day was on February 13, 2010. They chose the color purple for sadness and sadness from death.[6][2]

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References

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  1. Zaptia, Sami (10 February 2015). "Purple Hijab day to celebrate annual call for end to domestic violence". LibyaHerald. Retrieved 17 February 2024.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "In Libya, Islam – and a purple hijab – help spurn domestic violence against women". Christian Science Monitor. ISSN 0882-7729. Retrieved 17 February 2024.
  3. "Women across world denounce domestic violence on 'Purple Hijab Day'". Ummid. Retrieved 17 February 2024.
  4. Tan, Sandra (13 February 2010). "Zubair Hassan is remembered". Buffalo News. Retrieved 3 April 2024.
  5. "International Purple Hijab and Kufi Day 2014 Baitul Salaam Network, Inc. Standing in Global Solidarity!". BAITUL SALAAM NETWORK INTERNATIONAL, INC. 23 December 2013. Retrieved 17 February 2024.
  6. "Women across world denounce domestic violence on 'Purple Hijab Day'". Kractivist.org. 14 February 2014. Retrieved 17 February 2024.