A very dear sister started a great tradition on World Autism Awareness Day… it’s called the Blue Hijab Day.
Blue Hijab Day is an event started by Muslimas Oasis as a way to raise awareness about Autism, Aspergers and other Autism Spectrum Disorders. Our primary goal is to bring about more awareness of these disorders in the Muslim Community, a community which is sadly lacking in awareness and supportive resources for families living with autism. With that said, we very much welcome involvement from non Muslims and hope to bring about Awareness in the wider community through our efforts, we want Blue Hijab Day to become a mainstream awareness and fundraising effort with a Muslim face.
‘Hijab’ is the headscarf that many Muslim women wear as a part of their Islamic faith.
On April 2nd Annually
Wear a Blue Hijab (or scarf) on April 2nd (UN World Autism Awareness Day). Print out the fliers and put them up or hand them out. Print the tag and pin it to your hijab or clothing on Blue Hijab Day to let others know why you’re wearing Blue. These things can be downloaded in the downloads section.
If you don’t wear hijab and want to participate, you can wear a blue scarf or hat. Men can wear a kufi, hat, scarf or tie. And if you don’t have any of these items and can’t get one, just wear anything blue and pin on the tag. Don’t forget to tell people -about Blue Hijab Day and about Autism- and invite others to do the same!
Blue Hijab Day will be an Annual event coinciding with World Autism Awareness Day, each year we will have a general theme, 2010 was all about starting the conversation, we started small by inviting and inciting conversation about Autism in the Muslim (and non muslim) community, created the event and got over 2,000 people participating.
We chose blue to co-ordinate with other efforts to wear blue for Autism Awareness and Autism Speaks’ ‘Light it up blue’ campaign, again, we want to be a mainstream effort with a Muslim face. Besides, we thought a puzzle hijab might be difficult to find.
We hope 2011 will be bigger and more visible inshaAllah (God Willing) with fundraisers for a family who needs the support (already chosen but to be announced) and event ideas.
A word about fundraising: Any money we raise will go to a specific family or individual living with Autism who needs the financial support unless we are raising money on behalf of another organization. Where the money will go will be announced before any money is raised.
How can you help?
- Tell people about Autism & the Blue Hijab Day effort.
- Participate in Awareness efforts.
- If you’re a media outlet, talk about Autism and the Blue Hijab Day effort.
- Organize a Blue Hijab Day event, walk, meeting, fundraiser for April.
- If you know someone with Autism or with a child on the spectrum, find out if there’s any way you can help them. For them, Autism is year round.
- Learn about Autism.
- Have another idea? Get in touch from our contact page!