"How old are you?" “Twelve." "What do you like to do for fun?" "I don’t know. Play with my friends." "What do you want to be?" [Mother, grandmother and sister whisper excitedly from behind the camera]: “A pharmacist!" "Why in pharmacy?" "I don't know, I want to help people.”
"Since you’ve become Muslim, what do you enjoy most about Islam?"
“I enjoy being around family and the community. And when you see any Muslim, you can say ‘salam’, which means ‘peace’ and you can strike a conversation with people you don’t even know. I love that."
"What has been the most difficult time in your life as a Muslim?"
“Losing my father was one of the saddest things I’ve experienced. He wasn’t Muslim, but he had a need to know what happens after death and I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to him about it from my perspective. He was looking for someone to talk about it, but I was too afraid and whenever it came up, I kept changing the subject. Death scared me and I still think about that."
I want to make a new biomedical device that’s not available anywhere. I’m trying to work on non-invasive blood pressure modelling, to do something optical instead of those cuffs, something you can wear that will tell you your blood pressure. That’s what I’m researching and maybe I’ll wind up making something like that.
"This is a very precious time for the entire Muslim community but it’s also very special for me and my family. It’s an opportunity to contribute. To contribute just a little more. I always try to give a lot, but it’s always good to give a little more. Alhamdulillah two of my kids are volunteering here today."
What gets you excited? Space exploration, legos and silent films. Why? Space exploration, no explanation needed. Legos, because I love to build things and put things together. Silent films really make you appreciate the cinematography.
At one time in Ottawa's history, Eva Afife Wahab was the go-to person in the Muslim community.
Born in 1914, Wahab was the first Muslim child born in Ottawa. Her father emigrated from Lebanon to Canada in 1903, and her family was the first Muslim family in the nation's capital. Prior to that, it was individual Muslims who had settled here.