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Hijab Emoji, A Saudi Teen’s Dream comes true

One of the biggest downsides of digital communication was that the depth of expression was hard to achieve unless you were extremely good with words. But the arrival of emojis, those crazy little expression buttons on the texting scene, has dramatically changed the way how people express themselves while communicating online.

Emojis Give More Depth To Digital Conversations

Emojis have been around since 1999. However, it gained in popularity only when Apple released iOS 6. Emojis have evolved by leaps and bound since then. The latest one on the scene is the Hijab Emoji. It is all set to make its debut on smartphones in 2017 and is the brainwave of a 15-year old Riyadh born Saudi teen Rayouf Alhumedhi.

Emojis are a great way of punctuating your staid conversations online with powerful and colorful images that can convey your exact reaction to a statement or situation. There are emojis for almost every kind of expression and object but for the hijab. Rayouf was shocked to discover this fact. There are approximately 550 million plus women who wear the hijab so is only fair that they get a representation.

Why Hijab Emoji Is A Brilliant Idea

Most women who wear the hijab believe that it is a reflection of their dignity. It represents the independence of the modern Muslim woman and her new world attitude. By wearing the hijab, she sends out a clear message that she will live life on her own terms. It is interesting to note that more and more women are wearing hijab now on their own free will. Of course, it also has a religious connotation but the hijab today also is indicative of a sense of protection, freedom and dignity.

The hijab emoji is a fantastic idea as it gives Muslim women a representation on a concept that is fast-emerging as a language of communication. You can see emojis everywhere today wherever digital communication is involved.

Mixed Reaction But Overwhelming Response

Muslim women are highly active on the social media scene and are often dismayed by the fact that there is no hijab emoji available despite the growing popularity and use of the hijab. While many women felt, and recognized the need to have one, it was Rayouf Alhumedhi who made the first move. She wrote to the Unicode Consortium which is the deciding authority on emoji requests. The new hijab emoji image, proposed with four other people, is among the range of new emoji signs which will be added to the existing collection.

While the idea has received mixed reaction from across the globe, Alhumedhi believes that the hijab emoji, once introduced, will be regularly used in communication. She also hopes that the emoji will help demolish the misconception about the hijab being a symbol of oppression and backwardness. Rayouf Alhumedhi has the support of her friends who are all excited and waiting for the day when their smartphone keypads will include the hijab emoji. Alhumedhi says that it will be the only emoji they will all be using when it finally makes its appearance.

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