British Muslims to don poppy hijabs for Remembrance Sunday

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Ella Abubaker Farooq, 24 (left), Rukea Azougaye, 25 and Taslima Chowdhury, 21 (right) from London show off the new 'Poppy Hijab' in several styles (Photo credit: www.dailymail.co.uk)
Ella Abubaker Farooq, 24 (left), Rukea Azougaye, 25 and Taslima Chowdhury, 21 (right) from London show off the new ‘Poppy Hijab’ in several styles (Photo credit: www.dailymail.co.uk)

Tomorrow in Britain, Muslims will be encouraged to don the poppy hijabs to mark the 100th year since the first Muslim soldier was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery in World War One.

Backed by numerous Muslim groups in the United Kingdom, notably the Islamic Society of Britain, the £22 headscarf is a signature move to repel extremist groups who have in recent years, ‘spout hatred about the Armed Forces’, according to a report on Daily Mail.

Sughra Ahmed, President of the Islamic Society of Great Britain, wants to acknowledge the 400,000 Muslim soldiers who had fought for Great Britain during World War One and take a step away from a group ‘Muslims Against Crusades’ that had burnt a poppy on Remembrance Sunday.

“Thousands of British Muslims already wear a poppy in November. This is just another way for them to show they remember those who gave their lives for their country,” Ahmed said. “It’s also a way for ordinary Muslim citizens to take some attention away from extremists who seem to grab the headlines.

“This symbol of quiet remembrance is the face of everyday British Islam – not the angry minority who spout hatred and offend everyone.

“We’re launching this today as it’s exactly 100 years since the first Muslim soldier was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery – Khudadad Khan from Pakistan, who was fighting for Britain on the Western Front in the First World War.”

According to the same report on Daily Mail, 24-year-old Muslim fashion student Tabinda-Kauser Ishaq wants to take the opportunity to show her pride as a British Muslim.

“I hope the poppy headscarf gives Muslim women a new way to mark Remembrance Day and to help raise money for the Poppy Appeal. It’s a simple way to say you’re proudly British and proudly Muslim.”

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