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Free weekend giveaway in Minneapolis: hijabs

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Visitors to downtown Minneapolis this weekend can pick up an interesting freebie: a hijab.

A young women's Muslim group, along with volunteers from other faiths, plan to hand out hundreds of the traditional head coverings Saturday afternoon along Nicollet Mall.

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They say the hijab is an often misunderstood part of Islam, and their effort is intended to unite people of different faiths and cultures.

The hijab giveaway idea comes from a woman named Fatuma Mohamed, who entered in a Minnesota Idea Open contest — and won.

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Minnesota Idea Open: http://www.mnideaopen.org/challenge3

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.

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