Hajj, hijab, jummah. Last week Muslim students at the University of Maryland at College Park helped non-Muslim students understand what those words—translated as "pilgrimage," "headscarf," and "prayer"—mean in the context of Islam. In doing so they hoped to combat popular misconceptions about their faith.
Their efforts, part of Islam Awareness Week sponsored by the campus's Muslim Students Association, have taken on added importance since the shooting of three Muslim students near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the subsequent conversation surrounding the hashtag and idea "#MuslimLivesMatter."
Earlier on the same day as the shooting, Muslim students at College Park invited non-Muslim students to wear a hijab for a day—not only to feel what it's like to conceal one’s hair but also to understand the hijab's deeper religious significance.
Some of the Muslim students spoke later with The Chronicle. Above is an edited video of their remarks.