Morrocan French Canadian Aicha Lasfar grew up in Gatineau but recently moved to Calgary, Alberta. In Ottawa-Gatineau, Lasfar made a name for herself as an avid blogger and vlogger exploring parenting and the Muslim Canadian experience.
Muslim Link interviewed Lasfar about her experiences on social media and her latest blog Canadian Mooselim.
Mosques, much like libraries, are considered by many to be quiet and still places of reflection and contemplation, especially during prayer times. When the faithful attend the mosque, it is usually in the hopes of leaving behind the chaotic and noisy world outside in order to connect deeply with the Divine. That is, until an all too familiar sound of running footsteps, gleeful shrieking and the cries of a frustrated infant break the silence… We’ve all been there; trying to concentrate on the imam’s beautiful recitation despite a child singing the Spider-Man theme in the back of the room and unintentionally bringing you back to your favorite 90’s cartoon instead of the deep meaning of the Qur’anic verse being presently recited… Here are a few tips for parents like myself who would like to bring their child to the mosque, while conserving the peaceful atmosphere therein.
We live in a society that holds negative views regarding labour and birth. Through mass media, we are taught that it is a process filled with a sense of urgency, fear and pain. But it really doesn't have to be that way.
Before I became a mother, the word “labour” gave me so many mixed feelings. Anticipation, curiosity, fear and nervousness were all things I experienced in the months leading up to the big day.
One thing that reassured me was remembering that giving birth is something all women were built to do, by God's design. Yes, labor is painful but it's amazing how a positive outlook can truly help us manage.