5 inspiring quotes from iconic Muslim women to celebrate the first-ever #MuslimWomensDay 

6:00 p.m Monday, March 27, 2017 National/World News
Hyosub Shin
Muslim women offer afternoon prayer at Atlanta Masjid of Al-Islam on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015. Most of those who worship at the 25-year-old mosque are African-American, and many are former Christians who converted to Islam. (HYOSUB SHIN / HSHIN@AJC.COM)

Monday, March 27, marks the first-ever Muslim Women’s Day — a day for Muslim women to share their stories and for others to celebrate them during Women’s History Month.

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Created by MuslimGirl.com with the help of dozens of media groups and websites, the day is an opportunity to “hear from a community that’s often talked about but rarely given the chance to speak.”

All day long, outlets such as Refinery29, Teen Vogue, NYLON, Twitter and several more have highlighted Muslim women from diverse backgrounds in different lines of work.

In honor of the first Muslim Women’s Day on Monday, March 27, we rounded up some of our favorite inspirational quotes from iconic Muslim women around the world.

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Social media users have also used their platforms to celebrate with the hashtag #MuslimWomensDay.

But the movement also invited its share of criticism.

The backlash is similar to the criticism Nike faced last month when the company unveiled a new product aimed at Muslim women: the Pro Hijab.

Some criticized the company for supporting the “oppression of women,” prompting tweets of dissent with the hashtag #BoycottNike.