It was intended to be a peaceful event to educate students on Islam and the meaning of the hijab, a traditional headscarf worn by Muslim women, but by the end of the afternoon it was an all-out impassioned debate about freedom of speech and religion.
This was March 21, the Tuesday of the second annual Islam Awareness Week, hosted by Muslim Students of the University of Miami (MSUM). The organization was holding a Hijab-a-thon event, where students could try on hijabs and learn about the significance of the garb.
About 100 students visited the table on the Lakeside Patio, trying on hijabs of different styles, colors and textures. MSUM members supplied the fabric, which students could keep, and assisted the men and women who stopped by in putting them on.