NEWPORT BEACH — Nadia Hassan was the only woman at her table who covered her hair with a scarf Monday during an interfaith luncheon at Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic church.
When it was her turn to speak on behalf of the women at her table, her explanation for why she covers her hair in public resonated with the Catholic women across the room.
"This is my way of emulating the Virgin Mary," Hassan said.
Those words struck a chord with Amber Nickerson, who had never attended the women's interfaith luncheon in the past and was asking the Muslim women at her table about the concept of God for Muslims and how they view Jesus.
"That gave me so much peace," she said. "It's true. This is how the Virgin Mary dressed up. It's beautiful."
It was the fourth annual interfaith luncheon at the Newport Beach church, made possible by the women's committee of the church and the Women's Committee at the Islamic Institute of Orange County.