Abbake Omeira was born and raised in Southern California and currently lives in Mansfield, Texas. She wears many hats: wife, mother of three beautiful children, student (working towards becoming a Physician Assistant), sister, daughter, friend and so much more! She loves running, reading and is obsessed with Restoration Hardware furniture (her favorite is the sectional she is sitting on in the featured picture :-)). In her own small way she tries to be an active member of her community by being involved in her children’s schools, volunteering locally and lending a helping hand when needed. She believes that our purpose on this earth is to do what we can to make this world a better place to live in, and she tries to live every day with that purpose in mind! Here's what she had to say about Hijab:
What does the hijab mean to you?
A commitment to God, my faith and to being an American. That is what the hijab means to me. I believe God commanded a Muslim woman to wear the hijab as a sign of her faith and commitment to a modest lifestyle. As an American, I appreciate the diverse ways through which we share our individuality with those around us. Whether it is through clothing, hair, piercings, tattoos, music, or a scarf on ones head; as Americans we all hold dear the freedom to be who we are and to be unique.
What inspires you to wear the hijab?
As cliche as this might sound, given the fact that I wrote this on Martin Luther King Day, the Civil Rights movement inspires me to wear my hijab. The knowledge that the freedom to be who you are without fear of oppression does not always come easy; that so many before us fought, struggled and even died to protect that right is what inspires me to keep wearing my hijab.
What advice do you have for those struggling with hijab?
Know that you are not alone. Please reach out to your family and friends and talk to them about your struggles. I can’t imagine people like Martin Luther King or Malcolm X ever being able to accomplish all that they did without support. We all struggle, we all have insecurities, we all need to be heard and reassured. Most importantly, turn to God for guidance and know that you are loved, you are important and your struggles are respected.
Would you like to be a part of the PFH Hijab Movement? Send us your responses to the above three questions at getPFH@gmail.com for a chance to be featured!