Muslim Hijab Draws Attention at Oscars

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Muslim Hijab Draws Attention at Oscars


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Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00

Abdul-Nabi is considered the first ever veiled woman to appear on the Oscars red carpet.

CAIRO – A young Muslim woman donning Islamic headscarf and modest dress has attracted camera lights at the Oscars academy awards ceremony last Sunday, reported on Wednesday, March 6.

Appearing on the red carpet, Zainab Abdul-Nabi, a student at Screen Arts and Cultures University of Michigan, faced huge applause from attendants.

She was among six college students selected nationwide to join “Team Oscar”.

The young American Muslim made it to the Oscars ceremony after participating in a video and essay competition open to US college students with a creative video that was selected by Oscar producers and the Academy.

Abdul-Nabi is considered the first ever veiled woman to appear on the Oscars red carpet.

Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to an estimated Muslim minority of six to eight million.

An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.

A recent survey found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.

It also showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.

Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.

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