buying rogaine bangalore proscar online uk generic paroxetine prices how to buy diflucan overseas viagra cost of fosamax in australia valacyclovir 2000 mg viagra tablet order tramadol from canada buy online letrozole best generic viagra site viagra canada prescription furosemide india proscar tablete cena strattera taper orlistat canada over the counter diflucan 150 mg capsule rigide cipro 750 mg tab buy cheap desyrel buy levothyroxine in uk difference between paxil cr generic cost protonix prescription stopping prednisone without tapering in dogs pill metformin 500 mg crestor pill looks like levofloxacin generic prevacid prescription estradiol 12 prednisone 20 mg dosage buy cheap viagra generic online zyprexa 20 mg super generac viagra viagra online canada clomid getting pregnant fast diovan generic walmart price alli price buy levaquin cheap buy viagra spray proscar cheap online buy cheap xenical canada canadian on line prescription drugs can i buy valtrex at cvs viagra 100mg sale cheap effexor xr 150 mg buy wellbutrin without a perscrition diflucan no prescription needed wtoo allegra price ampicillin 500 mg en el embarazo cymbalta discount prices cheap tetracycline online diovan generic version order xenical online pharmacy imitrex effectiveness generic version of cymbalta valsartan 40 mg prices buy orlistat 60 mg with no prescription generic lexapro information actonel equivalent cheapest viagra substitute sildenafil buy amoxicillin amazon 252 lexapro can get you high get effexor out your system lamictal 25 mg price methotrexate 2.5mg tablets lexapro from india no prescription 10mg levitra deltasone uk buy astrazeneca nexium moltrin 800 for sale how to order nympho max drugs prescription pharmacy online viagra plus yohimbine us voltaren omeprazole in canada where to buy prilosec cost allegra drug cheap levitra online us ventolin 2mg tablets metformin hydrochloride cost flonase vs generic avodart discount prices wellbutrin xl 150 mg tablet order doxycycline acyclovir 200 mg buy online buy propecia cheap valtrex pill appearance reviews for canadian prescriptipn plus tamoxifen tablet celebrex tablets safe buy lisinopril tablets uk kamagra oral jelly 100mg reviews 225 buy actonel canada prednisone generic for deltasone buy effexor quick shipping buy alli pills now order tramadol online with mastercard buy donepezil cheap diovan generic date 2012 vytorin buy online celebrex 200 mg spc price of wellbutrin without insurance cymbalta pill shape viagra dosage 100mg us wellbutrin no prescription ampicillin dose mg/kg vytorin 40 cymbalta 60 mg uk order page buy cialis usa zyrtec price india clomid sales australia proscar tablets buy online do u need a prescription to buy viagra esomeprazole 15 mg flomax no prescription femara discount prices to buy flutamide online promethazine pills get you high pulmicort for sale buy levitra online in uk buy avodart from canada aciclovir 400 mg administrare order celebrex from canada buy ketoconazole cream uk augmentin tablets 625mg ventolin inhaler inhaler gabapentin cap 100mg buy prozac 90mg what is the quickest way to get viagra online order for cialis buy cheap viagra online uk lexapro 30 mg accutane 40 mg buy viagra purchase australia lexapro how many mg where can i buy celebrex online buy xenical at walmart buy levitra from china order cialis now prozac price in the philippines buy zithromax overnight delivery levothyroxine cyproheptadine no prescription buy generic prozac online price rogaine canada generic isotretinoin products compared generic fosamax cheap cost lexapro australia metformin dosage uk aleve discount price buy finasteride with mastercard buy fosamax india voltaren discount top rated online pharmacies for viagra allegra k clothing canada canada pills online lasix online rebate zoloft without prescriptions omeprazole online india cost avodart prescription trazodone tab 100mg doxycycline tablets lloyds simvastatin 3a4 doxycycline without gelatin clomid 12.5 mg eod buy finasteride prescription synthroid 150 blue pill buy 1 mg prednisone pills online buy priligy dapoxetine from india furosemide 50 mg generic abilify drug raquel allegra online store cialis cheapest uk metronidazole overnight amiloride generic viagra healthy cost plavix vs effient proscar 0.5 mg canadian pharmacy viagra generic buy yasmin birth control online from canada xenical order sildenafil tablet 100mg buy clomid legal valtrex over the counter equivalent buy generic valtrex online canada acyclovir prices walmart buy aciclovir tablets rosuvastatin ca 40 mg tab get promethazine prescription cost lipitor singapore imitrex commercial estradiol order online gabapentin cost uk where to buy abilify online lipitor dosage 5mg avodart generic cheap how to buy viagra on line cheap does propecia cause infertility strattera and adderall buspar overnight shipping pharmacy one line combitic global viagra z pak without prescription buy singulair online us donepezil india price generic finasteride in canada price of yasmin in uk zovirax generic equivalent prednisolone 15 mg 5ml dosage how much should carbogoline cost buy finasteride australia buy the blue pill pharmacy online prevacid 50 mg buy internet cialis online pharmacies without scripts cheap erectile dysfunction drugs cost isotretinoin uk ventolin online ireland wellbutrin pill doses zithromax without buy abilify in uk nexium 40 mg ulotka levitra tablets dosage purchase viagra men naproxen generic buy cialis ordering from canada buy cheap fluoxetine online warfarin tablets finasteride cheapest price cipro youtube buy levitra manila isotretinoin 5mg capsules uk tetracycline best price cheap acyclovir uk buy metformin online australia buy prednisone 25 mg valtrex 42 viagra online package topamax cheap buy prefest no prescription phenergan dosage uk flomax 300m generic paxil mexico buy levitra in the us buy xenical from boots viagra 50mgs flomax canada prices cialis generic fda buy abilify 2mg canada rogaine foam sale zoloft buy online canada lipitor over the counter uk buy viagra spray canada yasmin 4th month cheap alli online keppra canada pharmacy levaquin 500 mg price wellbutrin 600 mg prednisone 10mg price natural sildenafil can you get promethazine for bronchitis brand cialis sale zoloft cheap prescription crestor generic patent expiration prilosec generic online diovan discount program buy propecia at boots price advair diskus 100 50 buy ventolin online cheap synthroid buying buy lasix spray online discount pantoprazole generic yasmin philippines zyrtec price nz metronidazole 200mg sale montreal trazodone to sleep lithium mining companies canada generic wellbutrin xl dosage advair price costco nolvadex purchase buy nolvadex online pharmacy levaquin cheap online wellbutrin generic equivalent clomid illegal us augmentin missed pill generic phenergan 25mg proscar canada online cialis_original_10mg buying norvasc singulair cost uk generic form of norvasc doxycycline-induced pill esophagitis treatment buy finasteride 5mg tablets acheter phenergan norvasc price in the philippines buy viagra bangkok where to buy proscar cream crestor canada generic augmentin 625mg price india valtrex price us pill zoloft 100mg price claritin walmart celebrex banned canada rosuvastatina flomax drug price price paxil 30 mg orlistat tablets nhs inderal 10mg online price for lipitor 20mg buy amoxicillin 500mg online cheapest place to buy viagra online alli canada purchase abilify buying fucidin price philippines celebrex uses back pain cheap generic cialis online pfizer levitra cheap amitriptyline purchase online buy rogaine online europe domperidone no prescription canada prednisone brands in india sildenafil buy canada femara 2 pills metformin er uk cialis 5mg levitra 20mg prices buy discount cialis online order femara online no prescription inderal buy india cytotec online in usa flonase generic dosage cadianhealth order avodart next day delivery buy prednisone uk what all is valcylavore perscribed for furosemide for sale uk celexa 60 mg dosage price alli starter kit ventolin tablet 2 mg order flagyl express cost for lexapro at walmart sildenafil softtabs buy fluoxetine 20 mg aciclovir tablets 200 kamagra pharmacy online prilosec in uk metformin trying get pregnant buy diovan pharmacy clomid after the pill augmentin 625mg price keppra 40 mg can i buy cialis online buying actonel online femara 2.5 mg price in pakistan estradiol cheap cialis online pharmacy zovirax tabletten online bestellen using clomid without doctor prilosec cost of augmentin dosage 625 mg buy propecia tablets no prescription buy reptile antibiotics can you buy augmentin over counter is something similar to cialis for women generic metformin canada generic advair 45/21 antibuse prozac online with prescription buy clomid dallas diclofenac india brands proscar tablet buy voltaren diclofenac spain promethazine sale uk sildenafil no prescription rosuvastatin x-plended get proscar online dapoxetine no prescription buy topamax drug alli canada drugs buy diflucan no rx generic for voltaren nolvadex purchase online cialis coupons canada rx connection zoloft cost australia doxycycline price in the philippines cheap 2.5 mg tadalafil order propecia finasteride online clomid uk buy online vardenafil vs viagra augmentin dosage 400 mg ciprofloxacin hydrochloride tablet uses safely order viagra online cheapest synthroid nexium order for samples prices on levitra pills order otc lexapro price of generic keppra levaquin 500 tramadol 50mg buy uk lipitor card canada tadalafil 20mg uk topamax 50mg tablets levitra vs viagra price ciprofloxacin and morning after pill nexium mail order zocor sale canada order propecia cost cipro 750 mg yan etkileri nelerdir levothyroxine in the uk cheap cheap viagra cymbalta getting off safely crestor vs lipitor price buy diovan hct cheap femara banned in india buy prilosec us amoxicillin pill picture ed express viagra augmentin sales india generic avodart drug buy abilify 2mg online promethazine pills over the counter buy nolvadex clomid uk viagra in uk buy over counter buy orlistat philippines augmentin 500 mg uti crestor 5 mg vs lipitor 10mg diflucan (fluconazole - generic proscar uso buy singulair pharmacy tamsulosin cap where to buy diflucan in uk buy valtrex online europe pfizer viagra uk allegra d 12 hour mg doxycycline medline india trazodone 25 mg healthy man complaints nizagara vs viagra generic pack cialis viagra online coupon get amoxicillin without seeing doctor generic valtrex zovirax nexium 20 mg price australia nexium half tablet simvastatin online purchase finpecia-finasteride 1mg roche xenical orlistat discount metformin 500 mg dosage cipro 500 mg cure chlamydia buy topamax online no prescription nexium esomeprazole tablet synthroid oral tablet 50 mcg diovan generic sandoz metformin tablet bp nexium and generic cialis pills uk viagra sales history cost lexapro medicine professional levitra online viagra prices cheap xanax and viagra uk zoloft 5 htp viagra commercial blues song plavix price in the usa doxycycline hyclate 100mg onlineantibiotic overnight diovan film tablet celebrex dose tablets fluoxetine price uk vigria diflucan retail price buy zithromax for chlamydia online buy tetracycline 500mg generic prozac for sale drospirenone teva canadian drugs levitra fluticasone propionate inhaler generic buy lamictal with no prescription viagra malaysia pharmacy order valtrex 1000mg generic lexapro best prices vytorin 10/20mg how much does cialis cost nolvadex sale online lortab cialis best estradiol 887 2 buy cheap simvastatin buy prednisone in uk buy propecia from canada xenical cost with insurance canadian prescription pharmacy how to order viagra from canada buy sildenafil with paypal what is the cost of viagra can buy prednisone mexico avodart 0 4 mg generic zithromax azithromycin 500 mg isotretinoin 0.05 w w ventolin mg
Share this page on facebook
Abdel PDF Print E-mail
News
Written by Carol Pomeday   
Wednesday, 06 January 2010 16:33

Egyptian teenager, popular Grafton High student, dispeller of Muslim myths

He’s never been to the pyramids or ridden a camel, and he wears T-shirts and jeans most of the time.

He is not a terrorist nor does he know anyone who is a terrorist, said Abdelrahman Essam Abdelkarim, a 16-year-old American Field Service (AFS) student from Cairo, Egypt, and a devout Muslim who is dispelling myths about his country and his faith at Grafton High School.

Abdel, as he is called, lives in Grafton with William and Martha Morse and their sons Drew, 16, and Mark, 13. 

“In talking to my friends, I have the best family,” said Abdel, one of 49 Egyptian AFS students, most in the United States.

“I wanted to come to the United States to be fluent in the language, and I want to know what people think about us. Many people think that every Muslim is a terrorist.”

The Morses agreed to host an AFS student two weeks before Abdel arrived at their home.

“We were very excited to find out we were getting a Muslim boy because it’s a culture we didn’t know anything about,” Mrs. Morse said. “I was a little nervous.  What if he didn’t like us or couldn’t
adjust?”

“What we learned is he’s a typical teenager,” Mr. Morse said.

“He’s very kind, very smart, and he gets along well with everyone, always joking around. Everyone knows Abdel.”

It’s been a great six months, Abdel and the Morses said, full of learning experiences and plenty of humor. Abdel and the Morses like to joke.

Mr. Morse, a financial planner who minored in major religions while in college, enjoys talking to Abdel about their faiths.

The month-long Muslim feast of Ramadan, which requires fasting, prayer and good works, started a few days after Abdel arrived. He could not eat or drink anything from sunrise to sunset.

Since he likes to sleep late, that meant Abdel often went to school without eating.

After sunset, the family ate a big meal, which Abdel sometimes prepared. The family occasionally shops at Middle Eastern and Asian markets in Milwaukee.

“He’s a very good cook,” Mrs. Morse said. “I’ve tried making some Egyptian dishes.”

For the first week or two of school, Abdel avoided the cafeteria because of his fast, but by the end of the month, he was joining Drew and his friends.

The boys, who share a bedroom, do not have any classes together, but they meet during lunch periods.

Abdel prays to God (Allah) five times a day. He turns toward Mecca and stands, kneels and prostrates himself during prayer.

“At home (Cairo), prayer is no problem. Everyone does it,” Abdel said. “But in (Grafton) school, it’s difficult to pray. The times are not right, and maybe people would give me odd looks, so I pray when I get home.”

Mrs. Morse brings the boys home after school so Abdel can pray. When he doesn’t have school on a Friday, she takes him to a mosque in Milwaukee. The Muslim Sabbath is Friday and services are at noon.

Abdel goes through a ritual cleansing process called wudu before morning prayer. He repeats the cleansing if he encounters something unclean. One must be pure and clean to pray, he explained.

A dog’s saliva is considered unclean in the Islam faith, and the Morses have two dogs. If the dogs lick him, Abdel goes through the cleansing process, washing his head, hands, arms, legs and feet with soap and water three times. He also cleanses his nostrils and mouth three times.

One of his favorite Christmas gifts was a T-shirt with a dog’s face, tongue hanging out.   

This was Abdel’s first Christmas, and he  learned about the birth of Christ.

“It was good. You get presents,” he said.

He also experienced his first snowfall and went downhill skiing for the first time.

The most striking difference between teenagers in Grafton and Cairo, Abdel said, is the interaction between boys and girls. Boys and girls do not date in Egypt unless accompanied by a chaperone, and they do not kiss or hug.

“We don’t hug much like here. Boys and girls do not hug as friends,” Abdel said. “At first, I didn’t like this hugging, but now I like it.”

In Egypt, the only females he can hug are relatives, he said.

Whereas Grafton teens often go to each other’s homes for entertainment, Abdel said he goes with friends to sports clubs, where he can play football (soccer here) and other sports, eat and shop in stores, routinely staying out until 3 to 5 a.m. He is more likely to go to a cyber cafe with friends than stay home to play Internet games, Abdel said.

Abdel is an avid soccer player and hoped to be on the Grafton High team, but he broke his arm in September. He fell over the handlebars of a bicycle. His arm is fine now, he said, and he may join an indoor soccer league.

To introduce his family, Mr. Morse sent Abdel an e-mail saying they like sports and the Packers.

“I didn’t understand Packers and thought, ‘They like to pack things? This is a strange family,’” Abdel said.

When he went to his first Packers game at Lambeau Field, he didn’t understand the game.

“I didn’t understand what they were doing, hitting each other and tackling each other,” Abdel said. “By the second time, I understood what was going on.”

Abdel’s father is a financial manager. His mother is head of the Arabic department at the American immersion school he attends. He has three sisters, ages 20, 13 and 10.

His family has an exchange student, a girl from California, who arrived shortly after he left.

Because of the Internet and video cams, the two families have gotten to know each other, Mrs. Morse said.

“Now that we know Abdel and have spoken to his family, we have to go to Egypt,” she said.

“I think that’s the only way Abdel will get to the pyramids.”


Abdel wore a head scarf and dishdasha for a photo with his Grafton family, (from left) Mark, Martha, William and Drew Morse, but he usually wears a T-shirt and jeans in Egypt.     Photo by Sam Arendt

 

Comments (0)Add Comment

Write comment
You must be logged in to post a comment. Please register if you do not have an account yet.

busy
 
advertisement
Banner
Banner