OLAYIWOLA Toheeb and OMISORE Kawthar

UIMSSN Brotherhood organized a sensitization cum commendation program themed "Be Firm" for young hijabis with emphasis on ISI hijabis on the 16th December, 2018 at the Bodija Estate Islamic centre.
In attendance were Professor Akinbile, Dr. Taofeek Yekeen- MSSN National Ameer, Dr. Ibrahim, Dr. Idris Badiru, Alhaji Abdul Rahmon Balogun- chairman ISIMPF, Barristers Mutiat Orolu, Firdaws Amasa, Engineer Sherifah Balogun-Adeleye, Dr Fatimah Balogun-Rabiu, young hijabis among others.
Dr. Ibrahim, who was the chairman of the occasion, affirmed in his opening remarks that hijab usage is a directive from Allah as evident in Q24 vs 31 and Q33 vs 59. He said: "It is evident to all of us that the use of hijab is divine".
Barrister Mutiat Orolu, Hijab Rights Advocacy Initiative coordinator, while discussing the topic "Hijab: Right to Identity and Global Appreciation" made it known that hijab usage in schools and offices is a fundamental human right backed by the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) making it impossible for countries under the United Nations General Assembly to legislate against its usage. She concluded her discussion with a poem titled "I will be firm".
Sister Firdaws whilst talking on the topic "Hijab and Fundamental Human Rights in the Spirit of Constitution" advised the students to be firm. She then highlighted the benefits of being firm to include but not limited to getting respect from people, having a peaceful death as promised by Allah in Q41vs 30-32.
Engineer Sherifah discussed the topic 'Hijab: Intellectual Prowess and Community Development ". She identified the need for hijabis to be stakeholders so that they would have a say in whatever decision is to be made. She said "speak up! If you don't, you will be compressed".
Dr Fatimah started her discussion with the documentary of Umm Omar of Denmark who was fined by Denmark police for refusing to remove her niqab. She then called on two of the ISI hijabis to narrate their experience since the struggle has started. She advised the students to be up to date with happenings around the world. She discussed the topic: "Breaking Neocolonial Shackles: Muslims Right of Assertion."
Dr. Idris Badiru, when asked to give a brief information about the forum, said the UIMSSN Brotherhood was established on the 14th of May, 2016 with the aim of providing financial and moral support to MSSNUI, and that its membership is open only male ex-UITE who are Muslim.

In his closing remarks, Alhaji Abdul Rahman Balogun commended the forum for its support since the day the struggle started. He said the case is now in court and there will be court hearing on Friday, December 21st, 2018 at the Oyo state high court, Ring road Ibadan by 9:00am.
The program ended with the presentation of plaques and letter of commendation to the 11 ISI hijabis.

© Adh-dhikr Press

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