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Running head: CHILDREN OF DUST1Children of DustMannix BrooksREL-223-CL05, Saint Leo University
CHILDREN OF DUST2Synopsis of the Children of the DustChildren of Dust is a literary work by Ali Eteraz describing his life from childhood in afundamentalist Pakistani Muslim family to his self-journey to find the path foretold to him by hisparents. He was told he would be a great Muslim since he first learned to walk correctly whilecircumambulating the Kaaba during pilgrimage (haj) with his parents in Mecca. Due to lack ofunderstanding of Islam those of other religions may assume this book, since it is written by aMuslim, is to espouse the virtues of Muslims and offer some path to greater enlighten, howeverthey would be incorrect in that assumption. Children of the Dust is a personal journey of oneperson to find his place in life, based on his belief in Islam, in a world with different schools ofthought. He begins his young life as Abir ul Islam and becomes Ali Eteraz later completing histransformation.Free Will versus Shared WillThere is much to be said about the differences in the major religions but of the threeAbrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, all share the same themes of heaven,hell and religious immersion. The young Ali was taught there are three creations of God theworld of the angels, the jinn and that of man. He was taught that out of the three only the angelswere refused the burden of free will yet the jinn and man said yes to Allah when given thechoice. I find the same narratives of reward and punishment with heaven and hell that are used inall three religions. Young Ali went to Mecca at eleven months old, an age where he could notfully choose to adhere to the path that his parents set in place for him which means his free willwas not being exercised in his life path being chosen for him. One thing that is interesting is theChristian version of Satan, the ultimate evil, started as an angel that challenged God whereas in

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