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Thompson 1Darla ThompsonProfessor Michael SullivanREL-223-CL03Book Review #2: Children of the DustAs I started reading “Children of the Dust” I became addicted. Ali Eteraz makes you feelas if you were there, I love reading books like this. The book is a Portrait of a Muslim as a youngman, and is a great example of a person's story who is in search of his own self-identity. Thebook highlights various facts related to Islam and its beliefs, it also highlights how the Muslimlife can be. The book mainly sums up what it means to be a Muslim. Eteraz's explains hischildhood and the events that took place as a young boy, to his journey to America, to hisadulthood.Eteraz talks about how his religion life was even before he was born. Everything startedwith Eteraz’s father whom made a 'mannat' (a promise to do something if Allah grants you onewish) before Allah that if he gave him a son, he promises he will make him a great leader andservant of Islam. Thirty years after Eteraz was born remained based on this 'mannat' or accord.Eteraz explains his struggle in America and his continuing devotion to Islam. Ali Eteraz’s parents have made Islam the center of his daily life, so much that he becomesobsessed with it. His father named him Abir ul Islam, “it means perfume. Full name: Arbir ulIslam. Perfume of Islam. You were born to spread Islam as if it were a beautiful fragrance.”(Eteraz, 2009) his mother tells him. Ali Eteraz eagerly practices his parents' religion profoundlyever since his childhood. He obeys as his parents tell him and abides by a strict methodical
Thompson 2prayer, other social compulsions and even the anathemas towards the non-believers or those whodo not obey Allah's commands.There are various things regarding Islamic beliefs and practices which people fromother religions may find very difficult to accept like men being able to have several wives orwomen covering their face or head. Eteraz was a strong religious person with the belief that a

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