The Muslim Next Door

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The Muslim Next Door I really enjoyed reading The Muslim Next Door:The Qur'an, the Media, and that Veil Thing by Sumbul Ali-Karamali. She introduced the values, practices and beliefs of Islam clearly to me. This book was easy for me to understand. I found Ali-Karamali to be a warm yet funny author and while reading this book, I felt like Sumbul Ali-Karamali invited me inside her life. For me, I thought it was hard trying to be a faithful Christian in America but for Sumbul Ali-Karamali, being an American Muslim was much more difficult. I really thought Sumbul Ali-Karamali was honest and she explained what being Muslim means. At the beginning of the first chapter, Ali-Karamali explained how her life “never marched in rhythm” with her non-Muslim friends. I can relate to her because throughout middle school and high school, sometimes I had a difficult time balancing my Christian practices with my teenage life. Ali-Karamali couldn't date, attend parties or dances. Not that I wasn't aloud to do those things, I was, but I knew I couldn't drink alcohol or have pre-marital sex which were some things some of my friends did. I knew where I stood in my religion so I never gave into peer pressure. I know that I'm not a perfect Christian; temptation gets to me too. And honestly, I wasn't sure some of my friends in high school were Christian or not or rather or not they practiced any religion. They knew I was a Christian because I didn't keep it a secret. I thank God that they respected me for that but slowly I began to lose some friends and I wasn't invited to many parties anymore. Though I lost some friends, I didn't get discouraged or think that I will never have friends. I always knew that God lets things happen for a reason. I was made fun of at one point because I openly practiced my religion. Those people didn't matter to me because I always knew where I stood in my life

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