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Reason to Believe

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Milade Elkayali

on 21 May 2015

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Transcript of Reason to Believe

Reason to Believe
Childhood
- six-year-old Sarfraz: didn't really know about the meaning and importance of religion
- was forbidden to attend assembly
- first Christmas in Marsh Farm: started to dislike being a Muslim
- didn't understand the significance of Islam
- Koran lessons with his mother at home

Early youth
- increasingly disliked being a Muslim
- had to fast during Ramadan
- college: couldn't identify with other Muslim Asians
- didn't fast anymore, unwillingly went to mosque
- Springsteen's music was somewhat of a religion to him
-realization: not the Islam was his problem, but the cultural values of his parents generation
- couldn't identify with other Muslims
Adult Life
- doesn't drink alcohol (because it's against Islam)
- doesn't believe in heaven or hell
- wanted to have faith
- after his father's death: increasingly disbelieves in Allah
- at his father's funeral: doesn't even know the correct prayers
- 9/11: America doesn't seem to be his promised land anymore


Creative Task
Task: Show the influence of religion on Sarfraz's life

Analyse which role religion plays in Sarfraz Manzoor's life. Distinguish between childhood/early youth and adult life.
Creative task: Assume the role of the young and the adult Sarfraz Manzoor. Explain your attitude towards religion and the role it plays in your life.
by Mediha, Senem and Milade
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