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Always be a first-rate version of yourself instead of a second-rateversion of somebody else-Unknown author This quote is perfect forthis book and ties into the theme very nicely Nanzeen is lettingherself be a second-rate version of somebody else She is lettingsomeone else tell her who she is She is letting someone else define herand all that she does The book brick Lane by Monica Ali iscompletely about Nanzeens Muslim culture who she is as a person andhas a definite themeThe culture associated with this book is Muslim A Muslim is a group ofthe Islamic religion One who submits to god is the Arabic term usedfor the word Muslim To be considered a Muslim is anyone whopublicly pronounces Shahadah The shahadah states I testify that thereis none worthy of worship except God and I testify that Muhammad is aMessenger of God 12 to 157 billion Muslims in the world Muslimsbelieve that every respective followers and their prophet were Muslim aswell Islam is the Muslims monotheistic religion expressed by theQuran And then because she had let her mind drift and becomeuncentered again she began to recite in her head from the holy Quranone of the suras she had learned in schoolAli 9 Muslims believe thepurpose of existence is to worship God and that he is incomparable andoneThe main character is Nanzeen When Nanzeen was born everyone wasworried that she was not going to survive because she was born soearly Nanzeen is from the town of Dalka in Bangladesh Nanzeensreligion is Muslim and they have to pray 5 times a day Muslims allbelieve in one God called Allah They also have a holy book calledQuran Their practices include pilgrimage to Mecca fasting duringRamadan and almsgiving There are two denominations that Muslims belongto these are Sunni and Shia Nanzeen has a dad she calls Abba a sisternamed Hasina and her mother died when she was younger In theirreligion they are forced to have arranged marriages and do not
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