Khurram Malik

Khurram Malik was born in Pakistan, has lived in Dubai, and now resides in the United States. Since his teen years, he has worn prayer beads presented to him by his grandmother. The beads are intended to protect and assist Khurram, and out of both deference to faith and respect for his grandmother, he wears them daily.

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Musadiq Bidar

Musadiq Bidar came to America from Pakistan as a 10 year old boy. With his family, he had already fled his native country, Afghanistan, following a deadly Taliban attack on his home that killed his grandfather and injured his father. This photo shows 4 year old Bidar and his 3 year old brother Sajjad on a visit with their parents to the largest mosque in Asia, the Faisal Mosque in Islamabad. It was a special day for the boys, though Bidar, in the overalls, wanted to be sure that the family photo captured both boys, even as Sajjad seemed more interested in running off than standing still. Musadiq and his family came to the United States in 2003 as refugees. Today Musadiq is a college senior and is on track to graduate from the George Washington University in 2014.