Each month we aim to highlight a Hijab story of inspiration to your eyes, and this month we have chosen the Algerian journalist Star Khadija Ben Ganna. Many of you may have already witnessed the uproar caused by our sister Khadija Ben Ganna, who spontaneously appeared on the Al-Jazeera channel one day in a beautiful salmon coloured Hijab, but for those of you that do not have Arabic satellite, here is her story taken from the BBC News website. Al Jazeera is majority-owned by the Qatari government and beamed via satellite to millions of viewers around the world.
An anchorwoman who appeared on an Arab satellite channel in a salmon-coloured Islamic veil has prompted a flood of calls to the station’s switchboard.
Now and then: Ben Ganna’s switch prompted a flood of calls
Star Algerian journalist Khadija Ben Ganna – of al-Jazeera television – decided to put on the hijab one day before the Eid al-Fitr holiday that began on Tuesday in most Muslim countries.
Ben Ganna said she managed to “defeat the devil” after three years of mulling over the idea of wearing the veil, adding that she came under no pressure from the channel’s management.
“The board of directors’ view was that it was a personal matter that would only be evaluated on a professional basis,” she said.
Ben Ganna said the decisive moment for her came after a one-on-one with Egyptian Islamic preacher Omar Abdul Kafi, who appeared on an al-Jazeera programme called Sharia (Islamic law) and Life.