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Keys 1StudentProfessor Thomas LaPorteREL-223-CL03Book Report: Children of the Dust
Keys 2Children of the Dust” is a book written by Ali Eteraz and chronicles his personaljourney through Islam and life beginning with a time before he was born leading into hischildhood and then his journey to America and his adulthood. Telling the story through his eyesand experiences, Ali Eteraz gives the reader an in depth account of how a young man isstruggling to find himself and how he fits into his religion. Moreover, Ali Eteraz does a great jobof highlighting Islam beliefs for those that may not know much about them, and also highlightsMuslim life in general and what it means for him to be a Muslim. Moreover, Eteraz talks abouthow his religion life was even before he was born and how this journey started with Eteraz’sfather whom made a promise, or 'Mannat' before Allah in mecca, that if Allah would give him ason, he promised that he would make him a great leader and servant of Islam. First, in the beginning of this book Ali Eteraz’s obsession with Islam seems to first startby him inquiring about his name to which his mother and grandmother begin to tell him why hisname is special and what that means for him. They tell him that his father named him Abir ulIslam, or perfume of Islam because his parent believed “ You were born to spread Islam as if itwere a beautiful fragrance.”[Ete09] His parents have made Islam the center of his daily life, somuch that he becomes obsessed with it. Learning about his name and potential purpose, Eterazbegins to read more stories of Islamic heroes and becomes more attracted to the religion and howhe can become a better Muslim and fulfill the Mannat that his father promised. He listens to whathis parents tell him and starts praying regularly, as well as abstaining from inappropriatebehaviors that Muslims shouldn’t be doing. I think that it should be noted that the fear of Allahwas a significant factor in his behavior growing up.
Keys 3Next, As Eteraz is growing up in Pakistan, his family is constantly pushing him to learnmore about the Koran and becoming a scholar of Islam. His father arranges for him to be taughtby many different teachers, not all of them working out. First, Eteraz is sent to a Madrasa so thathe can learn Quran with other children in a formal setting from a Qari. Eteraz’s details how theMadrasa is centered around reciting verses of the Koran and how incorrect recitations are metwith physical punishments. Eteraz is scared to get beat and ends up going home. Next his fatherarranges for a teacher to come to his house to teach him. Qari Adil, the new teacher, begins to

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