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Free weekend giveaway in Minneapolis: hijabs

Posted: July 27, 2012 - 9:14am

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Visitors to downtown Minneapolis this weekend can pick up an interesting freebie: a hijab.

A young women's Muslim group, along with volunteers from other faiths, plan to hand out hundreds of the traditional head coverings Saturday afternoon along Nicollet Mall.

They say the hijab is an often misunderstood part of Islam, and their effort is intended to unite people of different faiths and cultures.

The hijab giveaway idea comes from a woman named Fatuma Mohamed, who entered in a Minnesota Idea Open contest — and won.

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Minnesota Idea Open: http://www.mnideaopen.org/challenge3

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