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Hijab Challenge! Students Become Muslim For A Day

Fresno State University Students experience life as a Muslim for a day as they adopt Islamic head coverings.

Fresno State Hijab Challenge
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The Muslim Student Association at Fresno State University, located in California, challenged students to experience the trial and tribulations of being a Muslim in the United States in 2016.

The event took place in the Free Speech Area of the campus, women were given headscarves to wear and men were given kufis to put on.  Participants in the challenge were also encouraged to take a picture of themselves wearing the religious head covering and post it on social media with the hashtag #FSHijabChallenge.

Thalia Arenas, public relations officer for the Muslim Student Association  told ABC30 in Fresno "Maybe they feel a little more in tune to our issues and the things that we're having to deal with, especially with a lot of the terrorism that has been happening this year, that has spread a lot of discrimination and harassment to our communities.

On October 5th and 6th, @fresno_state was encouraged to participate in the #FSHijabChallenge in the Free Speech area. The Muslim Student Association at #FresnoState said they wanted others to gain a new perspective wearing a Hijab in effort to better understand who they are and what they represent. Who was able to attend? #BeBold #FresnoState (Photo: Khone Saysamongdy/The Collegian)

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The Muslim Student Association's goal was to give the opportunity to non-Muslims to educate themselves on the life of a Muslim during a time of widespread anti-Muslim sentiment.