Shave and a Haircut
Richard Lautens -Staff Photographer
It is quite a priviledge being a photojournalist. We are invited into the homes of strangers on a regular basis and welcomed with open arms into their private moments.
Last week I was invited into the home of new Parents, Noor Javed and hubby Sami Ahmed who shaved the head of their 28 day old baby, Maryam in a ceremony called Aqiqah. Family gathered to watch the event at their home.
For Muslim parents, parenting begins within moments of the baby’s birth. The first task is the call to prayer in the baby’s ear – to introduce them to the faith and follow the example of the prophet. After that, it’s circumcision, shaving the baby’s hair, and a naming ritual that involves naming the child on the first or seventh day.
It was a wonderful experience being a part of this intimate moment.
Richard Lautens/Toronto Star