US House Votes to Allow Head Scarves on floor, first Time in 181 Years

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Ilhan Omar. — Reuters

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Washington D.C. — The US House on Thursday passed a rule to allow head scarves (Hijab) to be worn on the House floor for religious purposes as the first Muslim women Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota assumed office.

A diverse US House, after the swearing of first Muslim women into the Congress, has paved way for the abolition of ban on head coverings for the first time in 181 years.

The House of Representatives passed a rule for the House to be more religiously inclusive and allow head coverings/hijab to be worn on the House floor for religious purposes.

The rules package proposed a number of provisions, with numerous of them seeking the ‘restoration of inclusion and diversity’.

Omar, who wears a head covering, celebrated the move on Twitter saying: “Yesterday, Congress voted to lift a 181 year ban on headwear to make the #116thCongress more inclusive for all. I thank my colleagues for welcoming me, and I look forward to the day we lift the Muslim ban separating families all over the U.S. from their loved ones.”

Head coverings on the House floor were banned since 1837. 

Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, who are of Palestinian and Somali origins respectively, made history as they were sworn into the 116th Congress, becoming the first Muslim women in the 435-member US House of Representatives.

They took their oaths on the Holy Quran in a televised ceremony on Thursday.

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