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Nothing to do with Islam!

No books for you!

Book? What is that?

My parents bought materials that were required by the school curriculum. The only other books we had were the Quran and the Webster's Dictionary. That's it. I was the weird kid growing up because I liked reading. I would borrow and devour the new school books of my siblings every year. I would save my pocket money ($0.25 for each day of school) for months and then buy cheap novels and magazines upon visiting family in Pakistan.

I was sixteen years old; in the library scanning through an encyclopedia on my computer when it hit me. I know nothing! Worse, the more I read the more I comprehended the depths of my ignorance. That was a wrenching realization. I remember walking from the library to my dorm. It was raining. I looked up and smiled. My reading habits haven't abated since.

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