Thankfully, Regina didn’t have to face this battle alone. CLCMA used funding from MLFA to support Regina’s religious rights. CLCMA attorneys worked with the Attorney General’s office and the Warden of Regina’s institution to change the policy. The resulting memorandum states: “Inmate may wear religious and state-issued head coverings anywhere inside the facility.”[i]
This decision supports the religious freedom of Regina but also of inmates of various faiths in the state of Virginia. This is a victory, for this prisoner and for anyone else who wants to practice their religion without harassment. Social justice is part of our obligations as Muslims. One reason we’re fasting this month is to remain physically, bodily aware of the suffering of others so that we will be moved to help.
Malcolm X, who first learned about Islam while in prison, said, “It is only after slavery and prison that the sweetest appreciation of freedom can come.” [ii][iii]
[i] CLCMA, https://www.clcma.org/religious-rights-restored-muslim-women-now-allowed-to-wear-hijab-in-virginia-prisons
[ii] Malcolm X (2015). “The Autobiography of Malcolm X”, p.386, Ballantine Books