Relationship: Child of im/migrant

My object is the holy book of the Quran. The Quran is the sacred scripture of all muslims and is a big part of my family's story. My father came to America in 1995 from Pakistan in hopes of a better life for his family. He was born and raised in a Muslim family in a small village in Pakistan. He was the son of a farmer and he would work in the fields with my grandfather everyday until dusk, and on most days until much later. My father held Islam very dear to him and brought the Quran with him when he migrated to America. The Quran is important to all Muslims; in my family the Quran must be placed on the highest shelf to symbolize its importance and give it respect. We cannot even touch the book until we have completed a ritual ablution to cleanse ourselves. When I was younger my father taught me to read Arabic and later enrolled me in a class where I started to memorize the Quran. I have memorized a large portion of it and I'm very proud of this. 
Muslims believe the Quran is a guide for mankind, revealed by God to the prophet Muhammad in Mecca through the angel Gabriel. We read it in our prayers and teach it to kids at a young age. The Quran is very important to me and my family, and whenever I recite it or listen to it I feel very peaceful.  I plan to bestow it upon my children and forthcoming generations. 

Place(s): Pakistan, New York
Year: 1995

– Ahmad

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