CAN Leads Effort to Oust World Hijab Day from Public Schools

Students at Pembroke Pines Charter HS in Pembroke Pines, FL show off their Muslim hijabs during World Hijab Day.

The Christian Action Network has launched an aggressive effort to end any public school celebration of World Hijab Day this coming February of 2019.

World Hijab Day (WHD) was launched in 2004 and began to be celebrated in some public schools in 2013.  The event was founded by Muslim activist Nazma Khan.

Public schools that participate in the event ask female students to dress up as Muslims during classroom hours by wearing the Islamic hijab. Some schools add male head garments and other Islamic garb for boys to wear.

Young girls celebrate World Hijab Day at Twelve Corners Middle School in Rochester, NY

Organizers of WHD say the celebration serves two purposes:

  1. To encourage women of all religions to experience the hijab.
  2. To show that Muslims “rule the world.”

Public schools in Florida, California, Illinois, New York, Missouri and other states have already celebrated the event during the past few years, with each year finding more and more schools participating.


Groups such as CAIR, the Muslim Students Association and even the U.S. Department of Education have either been shown to — or have been accused of — supporting the event in public schools.

Rahaf Othman, a social studies teacher who helped organize a WHD event at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, IL said wearing the hijab is “giving dawah” to students.   

Dawah is the “proselytizing or preaching of Islam.”

CAN is distributing a shocking exposé to families across America alerting them to World Hijab Day in the public schools. It is asking for concerned citizens to help. GET COPIES BY CLICKING PHOTO.

The U.S. Department of Education (DoED) has off-handedly endorsed World Hijab Day through its website called HOMEROOM, the official blog of the department.

In a post created under the Obama Administration, the blog recommends that teachers show the film Walk a Mile in Her Hijab to students as a way to combat the alleged bullying of Muslim kids.

Public schools participating in WHD have used press releases, posters and notices in school calendars, and they have even utilized the activism of Muslim youth groups to advertise and promote the event to students.

It’s not unusual for schools to invite the media to watch the ordeal unfold on school property or even provide newspapers and television news stations with publicity photos of students dressed as Muslims after the event.

Teacher at School 58 in Rochester, NY helps dress a student as a Muslim.

Martin Mawyer, president of Christian Action Network, said having public schools celebrate World Hijab Day is blatantly unconstitutional on several fronts.

“First,” Mawyer said, “having public schools ask students to dress as Muslims during classroom hours is an obvious advancement of the Islamic religion over other religions, and the courts have repeatedly held this to be unconstitutional.”

“Schools are not only providing Muslim head scarves to students, but in some cases teachers are actually helping students put them on.”

“Imagine,” Mawyer added, “if there was such a thing called World Cross Day, where schools actually promoted the event, helped obtain crosses for students to wear, had teachers string them around their necks and then sent out publicity photos of students dressed as Christians to the news media afterward.

“Groups like the ACLU would not only be filing a lawsuit, but they would have won that lawsuit before the first cross could reach the school parking lot.”

Second, Mawyer said organizers of WHD admit the point of the event is to show that Muslims rule the world.

“It’s right on their Facebook page for anyone to see,” Mawyer said. 

The message on the Facebook page, carrying the official banner World Hijab Day, says:

“We rule the world, don’t we? And nobody knows that.  Why?  Because we see everyone and no one sees us.”

Mawyer said the meaning is quite clear, even if the statement is deceptive and dishonest.

“Getting a bunch of public school children to dress up as Muslims for the day is not going to convince anyone that Islam rules the world,” he said. “But we would be mistaken to miss the message what they want us to believe, that by seeing all these students covered in Muslim head scarves we’ll think Islam rules the world.

“It’s foolish to argue that a program using school children as religious props and promotional stooges for Islam is somehow constitutional,” he added. “Again, would public schools host an event called World Cross Daywhere organizers admit that the point is to show that Christians rule the world? Of course not.”

Organizers of World Hijab Day say “We rule the world” on their Facebook page.

Finally, Mawyer said, organizers divulge that World Hijab Day is meant to help convert children to Islam.

“When Rahaf Othman admitted that World Hijab Day is dawah, she doomed the program on constitutional grounds,” Mawyer said. “Dawah is the proselytizing or preaching of Islam. Throw that message out to a judge, and World Hijab Day will be barfed out of every classroom in the country.”

To combat WHD, Christian Action Network is contacting all 50 governors and state education secretaries to formally demand that public schools in their states be directed to reject the celebration of World Hijab Day.

CAN has also published a special report exposing World Hijab Day, which it is distributing to families across the United States.

CAN will also be producing a short documentary film about World Hijab Day that that will available on DVD when finished and distributed across various social media outlets.

“Christian parents do not send their children to public schools to be dressed up and paraded around as converts to and adverts for Islam,” Mawyer said.  “I think when we’re done with our outreach program, the one thing organizers of World Hijab Day are going to realize is that Islam does not rule the United States and that it’s parents, not the schools, who rule their kids.”


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  1. Dear brethren, greetings in Jesus name. I am so so glad and excited to come across your through recommendation from Front line Fellowship staff. I have been a member of ACMTC since 1996.
    The following is my long time Dream and Vision for Kenya and Africa.I have since along time been in prayer closet to spearhead a Community Church /Retreat center that is duplicity oriented onchored on

    Thriving Communities

    Vibrant Institutions

    Christ Shaped Leadership

    Traditioned Innovation

    Transformative Leadership

    Generative Organization

    Sustainable Design

    To achieve this the Lord showed to structure in the following leadership ministry departments in nutshell ;

    Prayer And Healing Ministry

    Practical Ministries

    Education Ministry

    Counseling Ministry

    Outreach Ministry

    Leadership Ministry

    Caring Ministry

    Other Ministries

    These leadership Ministry departments will be designed to achieve what we will teach the community Church center and train and equip reproducible teams to sustain the Community Churches and retreat center. ( every a nation in Africa to have one such community and Retreat Center)


    At least 10+ Acres land where we will build

    Auditorium to host ministers from the region

    Facility to host the Five Fold Ministries ministers with their families on retreat.

    Prayer rooms for those on fast and prayer

    The facility will be designed to host yearly retreats and congress for Christian Unions from High schools,Colleges,and University campuses

    Yearly congresses for men.women,youth and children

    The center will enhance Kindergarten ,Primary,High School ,college, University education,Hospital and Water source

    The Church in our nation more-so our community and Africa generally needs leaders with calling, passion, training, character and competency.We need Healthy Systems For Healthy Church Operation designed essentially for the healthy sustained and well-being of the Church. We need a Church Ministry and communities anchored on (i) Building God’s Kingdom;(ii) Living the Gospel of grace;(iii) Leading as a servant;(iv) Operating in team work and community;(v) Accomplishing intentional multiplication.

    . A new paradigm is the new wineskins that are needed to hold the new assumptions about what is true. To maximize our impact on our communities–urban, suburban or rural, we need changes in at least ten of our paradigms of how we currently view church.1)From building walls to building bridges. 2) From measuring attendance to measuring impact. 3) From encouraging the saints to attend the service to equipping the saints for works of service. 4) From “serve us” to service—from inward to outward focus. 5) From duplication of human services and ministries to partnering with existing services and ministries. 6) From fellowship to functional unity. 7) From condemning the city to blessing the city and praying for it. 8) From being a minister in a congregation to being a minister in a parish. 9) From anecdote and speculation to valid information. 10) From teacher to learner.These we will achieve by the grace of God


    .The model community Church and retreat resource center will be a complex ; 1-On 10+ Acres of land,2-Construct Administration block with offices for the directors/trustees and coordinating depart men heads for international,university,colleges,high schools,primary schools,Kindergatten,youth,men,women and children ,the Chaplains yearly Congress,3- Construct a 5000 seater Auditorium with offices for 15 strategic Church departments,4-Construct a Guest house with a seminar hall for Wold class Biblical Mentors,the Five Fold Ministries ministers, retired veteran Ministers on Retreat or outreach.Avail facility for their family members. 5-Construct prayer rooms for every nation on earth where there will be assigned individuals to be in prayer 24/7/365 each room staffed with historical and current data of the nation,other 1000 rooms for those on regular personal prayer and fasting,6-An academy to offer education of the orderly of Daniel,Shadrack,Meshack and Abednego a refined outcome of what is taught at your university. Beloved this model of retreat center is designed to be self sustaining create opportunities and be a role model of both secular and Church leadership across Africa
    I kindly request to be involved in ministry on the field.
    Hoping to hear from you,yours on the Frontlines

    Captain Josephat Ngichabe,Bungoma Kenya

  2. During my career I have worked many places in the world. In the Islamic nations they are basically church states and their public institutions appear to require prayer rooms, however, streets construction sights, evern airports allow prayer openly and in public.
    The USA is not a church state, so I take offense to our government apparent submission to Islam. All religions may practice in this country but within equal guidelines. It seems obvious that submitting to particular wishes of one might be an unreasonable requirement when it comes to designated space for prayer, or any other religious doctrine education in our public schools. As a fellow christian, how may I support the CAN efforts on this issue?


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