This week was an extremely slow news week. I probably feel this way due to sports withdrawal since my only shot at shooting tennis this week was squashed because of information error. O well. I did have a great time shooting the Muslim Students Association’s Islam Awareness Week festivities on Tuesday. It was definitely one of those educational assignments. MSA set up a tent outside of the Central Library to engage with the campus and show off the “real Islam”. I think the captions and images tell the rest of the story so I’ll let them speak for me. Enjoy.
Interdisciplinary studies junior Susan Carter, right, speaks with members of the Muslim Students Association on Tuesday at the Central Library mall about hijabs and their first-hand experiences of the Islamic religion. Carter said her discussion with them was “so enlightening” because she found out that the young women wear the hijabs because they believe that they should and do not feel oppressed. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)
Engineering sophomore Mataaf Aziz listens to a audio presentation on Tuesday outside of the Central Library as part of Islamic Awareness Week. The Muslim Students Association put up the display to show the similarities that Islam has with other religions and correct common misconceptions that are portrayed in the media. Aziz said he learned that “women are held in higher regard than normally thought and being covered up is actually a sign of respect”. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)
Bayanne Elkhatib, Sisters’ Activities Leader for MSA, left, shows biomedical engineering junior Bich Pham the selection of hijabs, traditional Muslim head coverings, that were given out free of charge to women who agreed to wear them for an hour. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)
Bayanne Elkhatib, Sisters’ Activities Leader for MSA, left, wraps a hijab around the head of biomedical engineering junior Bich Pham on Tuesday outside of the Central Library as part of Islam Awareness Week. (The Shorthorn: Andrew Buckley)