Muslim mum in UK urged women to wear a hijab to experience abuse
Nilufa Dahlia, from Brighton, UK is urging other women to wear the hijab for
15 minutes so they can see what it feels like experiencing exclusion and abuse.
She says she finds it hard to make friends with other mums because people
can’t see past her hijab, of course she is a Muslim mum.
In a video posted by Channel Mum — a YouTube community for mothers —
Nilufa Dahlia, from Brighton, UK, said that she was verbally abused for
wearing her headscarf in a supermarket.
“Come on guys, it’s literally just a piece of cloth on my head,” said Dahlia.
“See past a scarf, see the person,” Dahlia added. She said she doesn’t want to
feel lonely, or isolated or misunderstood because of a “piece of cloth.”
She explained that every hijabi woman has her own personal reason for
wearing a scarf.
“For me it shows that I’m a Muslim woman. It’s to allow people to acknowledge
my personality over my looks,” says Dahlia.
Dahlia is setting other women a challenge so they can see what it feels like
“to be looked at differently” and to be “pointed at, whispered about or even abused.”
“Simply tie a scarf or a shawl, anything, and go out. I won’t ask you to walk a mile
in my shoes, but half a mile? That’ll do,” Dahlia said.