CAIRO – A young Muslim woman donning a headscarf and modest dress attracted wide attention at the Oscars academy awards ceremony last Sunday, Sayidaty.net reported on Wednesday, March 6.
Appearing on the red carpet, Zainab Abdul-Nabi, a student at Screen Arts and Cultures University of Michigan, earned a big applause from attendants, according to Sayidaty.net.
She was among six college students selected nationwide to join “Team Oscar”.
The young American Muslim made it to the Oscars ceremony after participating in a video and essay competition open to US college students with a creative video that was selected by Oscar producers and the Academy.
Donning a modest dress among holywood stars, Abdul-Nabi is considered the first ever headscarved woman to appear on the Oscars’ red carpet, Sayidaty.net added.
Though there are no official estimates, the US is home to an estimated Muslim minority of six to eight million.
An earlier Gallup poll found that the majority of Americans Muslims are loyal to their country and optimistic about their future in the United States.
A recent survey found that American Muslims are the most moderate around the world.
It also showed that US Muslims generally express strong commitment to their faith and tend not to see an inherent conflict between being devout and living in a modern society.
Islam sees hijab as an obligatory code of dress, not a religious symbol displaying one’s affiliations.