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Hijab Expo aims to inspire young women

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The An Nur Sisterhood held their annual Hijab Expo at the Panorama Masjid on Saturday. From 9am to 6pm, the masjid premises was filled with food and clothing stalls and a number of activities to inspire young Muslim women with their confidence when donning the hijab.

The age old battle many young women have with feeling comfortable in hijab, especially in so-called western society has either affected or influenced their daily lives and their ideas on identity. According to the Sisterhood’s Naadirah Khan, the expo is aimed at assisting and inspiring Muslim women to embrace the hijab and still feel beautiful at the same time.

“We want women to learn about the hijab, realise that they can still be and feel beautiful too,” Khan explained.

The annual event comprised of a number of activities, centred around bringing awareness to hijab. Khan says the ladies celebrated the beauty of hijab on Friday evening, the 5th December at their Fashion Show, showcasing modesty in its most beautiful form, inside and out.

On Saturday, women were offered scarf styling, scrap booking, calligraphy, cooking classes, Health & Wellness, kiddies area and a Nasheed competition with a guest appearance by Al Azhar Girls Nasheed group.

In addition to that, the coming together of women from all walks of life within the local Muslim community and sharing their stories of overcoming the common hurdles faced by many alike, paves the way for educating the younger generation of women in the community.

Khan said her experiences when she was a teenager is one of the reasons she feels passionate about the Hijab Expo and what it aims to achieve.

“I wanted to dress like my peers when I was younger. Through the guidance of Allah, I learned the beauty of hijab and started finding my own confidence by being obedient to Allah,” Khan added.

For more information on Annur Sisterhood, contact Roshaan Misbach on 074 186 2808. VOC (Ra’eesah Isaacs)

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