Bangsamoro Women Commission leads World Hijab Day in BARMM

COTABATO CITY—In recognition of Muslim women who proudly wear hijab or modest dress, the Bangsamoro Women Commission (BWC) headed by MP Bainon Karon, who at the same time is the Chairperson of BWC led the observance of World Hijab Day in the region, Monday, February 1. The occasion was attended by BARMM officials .
The celebration is in line with House Bill 8249, which “declares Feb. 1 of each year as National Hijab Day and promote national awareness of the Muslim tradition of wearing a hijab”.

Karon said the occasion aims to encourage every Bangsamoro women to wear hijab; to end discrimination against women wearing hijab; and to protect freedom and practice of religion.

“Let us unite and help each other in advocating the importance of wearing hijab and promote simplicity amongst Bangsamoro women,” she added as quoted by the Bangsamoro Information Office.

The Member of Parliament also said that the event is not a celebration, rather an act of acknowledgement to the Muslim women that faces discrimination around the world.
Bangsamoro Chief Minister Ahod Balawag Ebrahim said, “ang hijab ay hindi lamang isang uri ng kultura ng mga babaeng Muslim, kundi may kasamang obligasyon o pananampalataya sa Islam.”

“Sa ating pananampalataya, may mas malawak na kahulugan ang hijab–saklaw nito ang kahinhinan, disiplina, at kabuuan ng pagiging isang tunay na Muslim, hindi lamang sa pamamagitan ng pananamit ngunit higit lalo sa gawa at salita,” he added.

Meanwhile, Bangsamoro Grand Mufti Abuhuraira Udasan addressed some concerns on the observance of world hijab day, noting that such occasion is [somewhat] an innovation or bid’ah.

The Mufti responded, “I hope that everyday will be hijab day, so that everyday, our Muslim women will use [and wear] hijab.”
Wearing hijab is a divine obligation of woman since thousand years ago. It is meant to cover the body, especially the head, so that all eyes and suspicions are removed from the woman who wears hijab.

Islam has strongly emphasized the concept of decency and modesty in the interaction between members of the opposite sex; and dress code is a part of that overall teaching.
Various women organizations from Maguindanao and Cotabato City also attended the event. They wore black abayas (long dress) and old rose-colored hijab as symbol of peace, modesty, and unity in the week-long recognition