The writer Laila Lalami has a few things in common with many of her fellow countrymen and countrywomen. They do not perform daily prayers. They do not go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. They do drink of the forbidden drink. They do give to charity.
To Laila Lalami it shows she is not a very good muslim. She gives her opinion, as a muslim, on the presentdays with violence and explosions and suicide bombers.