Muslims Meet to Dispel Myths

October 20, 2007

Author: Linda Lou

Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune

SAN MARCOS – In the spring of 2004, Dr. Waheeda Samady decided to wear a black head scarf, or a hijab, for the first time in her life, even though she has always been a practicing Muslim.

It prompted lots of assumptions, Samady said.

Her classmates in medical school immediately asked if someone she knew had died, she said. Their second conclusion, she said, was that her father had married her to a man who insisted she wear a veil.

Many acquaintances had a hard time believing that she wanted to wear it.