Y The History of Afghanistan
On July 17, 1973, Khan seized power from his cousin King Zahir. For the first time in Afghan history, Daoud did not proclaim himself Shah, establishing instead a Republic with himself as President.
Y The Characters and Setting in The Kite Runner
Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan American author. Born in Kabul, his family moved to Paris in 1976, where his father worked at a diplomatic post. Though scheduled to return to Afghanistan in 1980, the family was wary of the impact of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and requested political asylum in the United States. He graduated from the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, in 1993 and has since worked as an internist.
Wazir Akbar Khan District in Kabul, Afghanistan
Y Religion in Afghanistan
Unlike the Sunnis, who perform prayers five times a day, the Shi'as pray three times a day: in the morning, in the afternoon, and at night.
In the sphere of law the principal difference between Shi'a and Sunni is that Shi'a allows for temporary marriage, called mu'tah, which can legally be contracted for a fixed period of time on the provision of a fixed dower.
In Islam, faith and good works go hand-in-hand. A mere verbal declaration of faith is not enough, for belief in Allah makes obedience to Him a duty. Only when your practice is consistent with your profession will you be a true Muslim. Faith in Allah will be your strength, and the Qur'an your guide.
The Muslim concept of worship is very broad. Muslims consider everything they do in this life according to Allah's will, an act of worship. Speaking the truth, refraining from gossip, dealing honestly in commercial affairs, treating one's parents with respect and honor, helping the poor and needy, dealing lovingly and fairly with family members - whatever is done for the sake of Allah is called worship.
Worship of Allah is foremost in a Muslim's mind all the time. There are also...