“Newspaper for Kids asks Girls about their Headscarf,” by Amanda Vender

Posted on March 26th, 2011 | Filed under Best Practices/Non-Profit, InterViews

“Your Turn” is a segment of IndyKids newspaper in which kid readers offer their take on a particular topic, proving that kids, too, can have a say in important current events.

When the March 2011 issue’s “Your Turn” asked girls at a public school  in the Bronx why they wear a headscarf, the purpose was to help confront misconceptions kids (and adults) may have about Muslim girls and women, that can only be dispelled by asking and becoming informed.

Also in the March 2011 Issue, one of the young women had the opportunity to share her personal experiences in "My Hijab." She wrote, "Wearing a hijab in the Bronx, where there are more people who don’t wear it than people who do, is really hard, but since I’ve been wearing the hijab ever since I was seven years old I don’t mind wearing it. People ask me questions about it and I answer. Most people are nice but some can be really rude and judgmental."

IndyKids is a free national newspaper, website and teaching tool that aims to inform children on current news and world events from a progressive perspective and to inspire a passion for social justice and learning. It is geared toward kids in grades 4 to 8.

A typical American childhood is one that is oversaturated with commercialism and sheltered from the real struggles and injustices in the world. From its first issue of in 2005, IndyKids has worked against that to bring kids in the United States closer to kids worldwide and the genuine issues they face. IndyKids is not afraid to take on difficult topics such as the financial crisis, same-sex marriage, healthcare, wars, immigrant and labor rights, and global warming. It presents these issues in a way that is easy to understand, and mixes in stories of kid activism, science news, recipes, and puzzles.

IndyKids aims to encourage kids to form their own opinions and become part of the larger movement for justice and peace.

8 Responses to ““Newspaper for Kids asks Girls about their Headscarf,” by Amanda Vender”

  1. Arsh-i-Azim says:

    The Purdah or Veiling came 100 years after the passing away of Prophet Muhammad.

    In the esoteric interpretation of Islam, the veil or hijab means to cover your heart from shameful deeds like coveting evil eye on others. (another word, observe your own sinful desires).

    As with any religion, wearing robe or displaying of formal attire to worship God is falsehood.

    The Qur’an mentions about decency for both Men & Women in the Mosque.

    • Michael Anderson says:

      You have not mentioned any evidence for the comments you have made.

      • Arsh-i-Azm says:

        The evidence is in the Qur’an and in the interpretation of the Qur’an.

        The Qur’an-e-Sharif, is rich in parable and allegory, metaphor and symbol, it has been an inexhaustible well-spring of inspiration, lending itself to a wide spectrum of interpretations.

        Again, even the literal translation in the Qur’an mentions about the decency for both Men and Women in the Mosque.

        In Islam, all Muslims believes that God sees your intentions and your heart, NOT your clothing and your appearance.

        Bibi Khatija, Prophet’s wife and a rich business woman who proposed Prophet in marriage never wore a veil and neither did Prophet’s daughter Bibi Fatima who was married to Hazrat Ali, son in law and cousin of the Prophet.

        Hijab, Veil, Purdah, has more of a cultural significance.

        Again, any Church, Temple, Synagogue, Mosque or any place of worship expects their worshipers to act in a decent manner.

        It is a hypocrisy of a Muslim women against Islam when they wear hijab but at the same time wear tight T-shirts and Jeans or clothes that reveals other parts of their body…where you can see their cleavage, bra and underwear. They are out dating and flirting with a man shamelessly wearing mini skirts, smoking hookas and cigarettes.

        As a Muslim, I prefer to be friends with Christians or Jews or any other faith rather than those who portrays piety but have different agendas in their mind and their hearts.

        Poetising the Prophet’s teaching, Nasir Khusraw, the 11th century Iranian poet-philosopher, also extols the virtue of knowledge.

        For him, true jihad is the war that must be waged against the perpetrators of bigotry, through spreading knowledge that dispels the darkness of ignorance and nourishes the seed of peace that is innately embedded in the human soul.

        Islam means Peace!

  2. Arsh-i-Azim says:

    The evidence is in the Qur’an and in the interpretation of the Qur’an.

    The Qur’an-e-Sharif, is rich in parable and allegory, metaphor and symbol, it has been an inexhaustible well-spring of inspiration, lending itself to a wide spectrum of interpretations.

    Again, even the literal translation in the Qur’an mentions about the decency for both Men and Women in the Mosque.

    In Islam, all Muslims believes that God sees your intentions and your heart, NOT your clothing and your appearance.

    Another words, Taliban and Al-Qaeda will never qualify as Muslims because they have a ‘beard’ police, they measure their beard against each other and other Muslims to see who has the longest beard which determines who is most closest to imitating Prophet Muhammad!?

    Bibi Khatija, Prophet’s wife and a rich business woman who proposed Prophet in marriage never wore a veil and neither did Prophet’s daughter Bibi Fatima who was married to Hazrat Ali, son in law and cousin of the Prophet.

    Hijab, Veil, Purdah, has more of a cultural significance.

    Again, any Church, Temple, Synagogue, Mosque or any place of worship expects their worshipers to act in a decent manner.

    It is a hypocrisy of a Muslim women against Islam when they wear hijab but at the same time wear tight T-shirts and Jeans or clothes that reveals other parts of their body…where you can see their bra and underwear. They are out dating and flirting with a man shamelessly wearing mini skirts, smoking hookas and cigarettes.

    As a Muslim, I prefer to be friends with Christians or Jews or any other faith rather than those who portrays piety but have different agendas in their mind and their hearts.

  3. Arsh-i-Azim says:

    Since I am on a roll, let me ask you the same question:

    Michael Anderson, what evidence do you have that wearing hijab, purdah, veil is in the Qur’an?

    Remember, Hadith is not 100% authentic. Just like there are many different gospels, there are many hadiths as well.

    The only thing remains is the teaching of Whabbism in Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, where women are not even allowed to show any part of their body including fingers. Hell, these women are treated like animals.

    We have all seen the consequences of not covering oneself, it is considered a crime punishable by death!

    Can you provide me with evidence where it is written of such crime in Islam?

  4. Arsh-i-Azm says:

    Ch. 7 Al Araf. V. 31 Holy Qur’an

    “O the children of Adam be decently dressed when you visit the mosques.”

    O Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc.) and as an adornment, and the raiment of righteousness, that is better. Such are among the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, that they may remember (i.e. leave falsehood and follow truth).

    O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes), while praying and going round (the Tawaf of ) the Ka’bah …

    http://www.noblequran.com/translation/surah7.html

  5. Arsh-i-Azim says:

    Sura Al Muzammil

    Islam attaches great importance to wrap the human body with pious garments to maintain the sanctity of male and female body chastity.

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    Ch. 7 Al Araf. V. 31 Holy Qur’an

    “O the children of Adam be decently dressed when you visit the mosques.”

    O Children of Adam! We have bestowed raiment upon you to cover yourselves (screen your private parts, etc.) and as an adornment, and the raiment of righteousness, that is better. Such are among the Ayat (proofs, evidences, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of Allah, that they may remember (i.e. leave falsehood and follow truth).

    O Children of Adam! Take your adornment (by wearing your clean clothes), while praying and going round (the Tawaf of ) the Ka’bah …

  6. Arsh-i-Azim says:

    Yemeni women are burning their veil to protest against the government while they are wearing their veil.

    Is that Oxymoron?