Impressions from the seminar “My hijab”
Last Saturday of this winter an event dedicated for muslim and non-muslim women was hold for the first time in the mosque of Kaunas. The aim of this educational event-seminar was presentation of muslim women outfit and explanation of the reasons for her full coverin. About 30 women of different age and a group of children, all from various cities of Lithuania, gathered to this event. During those few hours our lovely nanny Renata took care of the children and helped them in finding interesting activities.
Alhamdullilah, the event was wonderful. We wish to share some of our guests’ comments about their impressions.
Valda, interested in Islam, wrote to us:
“Last Saturday I visited the mosque of Kaunas for the first time. The event “My Hijab” was the best opportunity to meet muslim women’s community and learn more about Islam. It was very relevant to me as I’m seriously thinking about acceptance of this faith (I’ve been brought up by a Catholic family).
I was not sure about exact location of the mosque, but I found it very easily. Building looked simply, but I could feel its special atmosphere. I met some women near the entrance. All of them warmly smiled a greeting to me and showed me the way. All muslims. I understood it from their outfit. They were women from Kaunas and Vilnius, as well as students from foreign countries studying in Lithuania.
After stepping inside I felt uncomfortably because of my uncovered hair. On the stairs to the second floor I met a cute girl who greeted me in Arabic – women could come with their children to this event.
Atmosphere was very cosy as if old friends met together at one of their home. Even a table with food was prepared. Everyone was greeting each other pleasantly and chatting. I was not forgotten too. Women with joyful faces were constantly coming up to me for a talk, they were asking if I had any questions. Surely, I had them. If any of them was not sure about the answer, they called other sisters for help. I understood that I‘m in a very warm, sincere and sisterly community.
Soon after all were present, a lecture started. It was interesting to learn about outfit of muslim women: what, how and why. By the way, I felt confused because of the fact that muslim woman should not wear makeup, use perfume when she is going out and that it is not allowed to use nail polish. It is hard to imagine myself without all of this… I‘ve been living in a muslim country for 2 years and there – yes, women cover themselves but you can notice their heavy and strong makeup from far away and smell their perfume in the distance of 10 meters. There women as well as men like to use much perfume, so I could not expect that it is not suitable… Later henna painting on the hands and demonstration of different ways of hiding hair started. It was really informative and interesting. I asked for literature about Islam before leaving – and got a full collection of books.
In conclusion I would like to say that I came back home in high spirits and with useful knowledge after this event. I wish to come back to such cosy, sisterly environment once again. In sha Allah.”
Aurelija, muslim, wrote:
I want to thank for this beautiful event, ma sha Allah. It was very interesting to listen about hijab, talk to sisters in Islam who I already knew and get to know new ones, talk and discuss to girls, who have just started being interested in Islam.
It was very interesting to see muslim women’s clothes which they wear in other different countries, I loved the opportunity to try that on myself. My heart was happy while seeing non-muslim girls who had their hijabs wrapped on and seeing their shining faces, how beautiful they looked and how much happiness was in them, ma sha Allah.
Thank you for opportunity to adorn myself by henna painting on my hand. There also was excellent and bountiful table with food and drinks, everything was considered. Indeed, everything was organized well, ma sha Allah. Lovely company, atmosphere, nobody was sad or bored. It was a perfect motivation and dawah for those, who have not accepted Islam yet.
I wish there were more such events! Jazak Allahu khairan for it.”
Jurate, student at Vytautas Magnus University, doing a research for bachelor degree “Lithuanian muslim women’s experiences after acceptance of Islamic faith”, wrote:
“I liked everything: the lecture and all atmosphere. Such events should be organized more often. There people who has little knowledge could learn more about religion of Islam. It was very good that this event was of informative format but it also had and informal, free part. There was a possibility to try on muslim clothings, learn different styles of hijab wrapping, communicate with people. Events like this are an excellent chance to introduce religion of Islam to the society. The mosque of Kaunas and people who are taking part in activities there can be called the intercessors who would help to reduce or eradicate the stereotypes that are so often reiterated in the press and are misleading people. Event “My hijab” lasted few hours but they did not drag on because everything was organized perfectly and it was very interesting. Thanks to women of the mosque of Kaunas who made this event.”
Finally, we would like to thank all who supported us, contributed and joined in planning and organizing this event as well as all who came and took part in it. May Allah reward you with the best. We hope it is not the last time and those who could not be with us this time, will be able to do it next time.
Assalamu alaikum and we will see you!
In sha Allah.