My little brother, Mohammad. Note: He doesn't actually wear glasses.

My little brother, Mohammad. Note: He doesn’t actually wear glasses.

Name: Mohammad Alrifai

Age: 21

Nationality: Lebanese Australian

Occupation: Studying electrical engineering.

Relationship with Islam:  Religion is very important to me. Often, people confuse doing the bare minimum with being religious and I’d have to say that sometimes I feel like I’m doing the bare minimum. I try to be better, but my relationship with Islam is okay.

What are your major achievements?

I have a PhD in procrastination.

Where do you want to be in 10 years?

Having a career that involves travelling the world with my partner. [Ladies, he’s single. I’ll hook you up. You so want to be my sister-in-law.]

How do your friends feel about your Islamness?

They have learned to respect it to the point where they’ll cook the halal food for me first before they think about cooking anything else and they even look out for halal and non-halal products for me.

How do people feel about your beard?

These days, having a beard is just being stylish – like having a nice haircut. It fits in and no one looks down on it.

Favourite TV show?

Game of Thrones.

Best and worst things about being Muslim – go!

Best: Community aspect and knowing that you always have a group of people you can fall in to. It’s one huge family.

Worst: The politics that get involved, which are ultimately manipulated by people who try to weave it into religion.

Do you love me?

Yes, Amne. You are the best sister in the world and no one is better than you and I am so lucky that my big sister is the coolest thing ever. When I grow up, I want to be just like you because you are the best.*


*I made that last bit up. But, I’m sure it’s what he would say.


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