Name: Emtisal Elkurdi
Nationality: Lebanese Australian.
Relationship with Islam: Spiritual, aiming to be religious.
I came to the religious beliefs I have through my family and by attending Islamic school at a young age. I was taught that Allah [God] is one, the most merciful, the most powerful and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah.
Although I’m unaffected by the media’s portrayal of Muslims, I feel it’s important that people know that they are just stories. It’s not who we are.
My best experiences as a Muslim come from the overall lessons – discipline and spirituality. It influences my whole outlook on the time that we have in this world.
Being Muslim is one of the greatest blessings. I am thankful and grow more appreciative of Islam every day.
I feel that by not yet wearing hijab, I am judged by other Muslim brothers and sisters. I feel judged when I walk into ‘religious’ areas, like prayer rooms. I feel that some of us who do not wear hijab are still looked down upon.
What are your career ambitions?
I am most passionate about human anatomy. In 5-10 years, I hope to be working in a medical environment. I’m currently studying at university full time and working.
What do you do in your spare time?
Watch TV and exercise. My favourite shows are Teen Wolf and Revenge.
You can have dinner with anyone in history. Who do you choose?
My whole family instead of the part of my family I have today.
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