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

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Nazneen Husain (at left) and her friend, Sarwat Husain (right).

"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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Nathan has been with TPR since 1995, when he began working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.” He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.