Wearing The Hijab In Public: 'I Want People To Look At Me' | Texas Public Radio

Wearing The Hijab In Public: 'I Want People To Look At Me'

Apr 22, 2016

"I heard somebody say, 'Terrorists, go back to your home. You don't belong here.'"

Sarwat Husain came to America with her husband from Pakistan. She’s Muslim, but she didn’t always wear a hijab, the traditional head scarf donned by Muslim women outside the home. After 9/11, she gave it a try, and experienced a very different reality than the one she had previously known. "Now I knew that something had to be done," she remembers. Husain reaches out to all faiths and works to educate the public about Islam.

Sarwat Husain was interviewed by her friend Nazneen Husain (no relation) at the StoryCorps Mobile Booth on February 24. She’s a national board member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, and the president of the CAIR San Antonio chapter.

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