I am an agnostic writing a book with a Muslim protagonist but I am not planning for the book to focus on religion. Do you think I can have a Muslim protag without addressing the religion overtly or addressing the discrimination muslims face as a non-Muslim?
Yea, you can definitely not focus on Islam with it. Just remember that there are a few aspects that affect daily life. For example the 5 daily prayers, the decision to or not wear the headscarf (if it is a female) , and no alcohol or pork. There are a couple more, but those are the most prevalent.
So, other than that. I think you can definitely do this.
Marlene of the RLMG team
No matter how low you feel your iman has dipped, NEVER EVER give up on your 5 daily obligatory prayers. No matter how much you feel like giving up being “religious” tell yourself that your prayer is one thing that you will never let go of. No matter how empty your prayers are feeling, hold on to them. They are your path back to Allah (swt). No matter how detached you are feeling, they are indeed keeping you attached!
Did you get up in the morning, to make sejdah to your Lord to say, ‘ I keep my promise today. I want to live under your guidance.’ ? If you did that sincerely, no big curses is going to reach to you that day. If a man gets up for Fajr prayer, no big curses will reach to that man ever.