How parents keep the faith: Teaching the religion of Islam at home –


Ms. Malik prays five times a day. Henna Malik's (l.) parents keep the faith by teaching the religion of Islam at home: She learns how to pray from her mother, Romana, by copying everything she does. Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff

via How parents keep the faith: Teaching the religion of Islam at home –

The red brick walk outlines the quintessential suburban comforts – it passes a Honda Pilot in the driveway, winds through a manicured lawn, and ends at the white columned entrance to the Malik family’s spacious newly built home.

But, says Salman Malik, who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan at age 9, there’s something missing: “In the US, Muslim kids are in trouble [because] they lack role models and institutions.”

And here, on the outskirts of Manchester, N.H., it’s far from any Muslim community; a fledgling mosque is under construction, but it’s a small institution without many services. So Mr. Malik and his wife, Romana, “have to step in to fill that void,” he says. “We have no choice. Their [Muslim] identity is very important to us. We want to make sure they know who they are.”

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