Teenagers Form Muslim Club at Mission Hills High School

December 4, 2005

Source: North County Times

http://www.nctimes.com/articles/2005/12/05/news/inland/12405193032.txt

On December 4, 2005 the North County Times reported, "There is one day that will always stand out in the mind of Mission Hills High School senior Dina Hamideh - the day she decided to publicly display her faith at school. On April 4 of this year, Hamideh showed up for class for the first time wearing a 'hijab,' a head scarf that represented her Muslim faith and her vow of modesty. The action sparked more than curiosity from her peers. 'People started coming up to me and asking me tons of questions,' said Hamideh, who [now] wears her hijab to basketball and hockey practice. 'They started telling me how much they respected me and respected my religion, it was awesome.' Prompted by the reaction and their faith, Hamideh and senior Raihna Siddiq decided to create the Muslim Student Alliance group at Mission Hills - the only club of its kind in North County. The club's goal is to teach others about Islam, involve students in community service and help [dispel] misconceptions created by the recent negative portrayal of Muslims in the world, said Siddiq... More than 20 students signed up for the club when it was introduced at the beginning of the year - many of whom did not have Muslim backgrounds, Siddiq said."

See also: Islam, Schools, Youth