Faith is closely connected to Amir’s path of redemption as both are linked to his decision to adopt Sohrab. Growing up in Afghanistan, Amir’s father, Baba, had largely steered clear of organized religion. He had apparently lost faith after his wife died, and he constantly told Amir that there was a distinction between moral behavior and the superficial appearance of following Islam. This skeptical attitude began to loosen when Baba became ill, and Amir and Soraya married in a traditional ceremony.
When Rahim Khan summons Amir to return to Afghanistan, his reasons are vague, but he stresses that the young man has a chance to do good. Amir finds Rahim, a devout man, at death’s door and learns many crucial elements of his family history. As he learns Baba’s secret about being Hassan’s father, Amir begins to see other reasons that his father might have avoided prayer and services. The need for Amir to forgive his father and himself for betraying Hassan is a catalyst for his redemption.
After Amir decides to adopt Sohrab and goes through a series of challenges to get him, the process remains unresolved. Sohrab feels ashamed and unworthy, as well as mistrusting his future in America. After the boy tries to end his life, Amir finds himself praying for his recovery (chapter 25). In his deep concern for another person, he feels a personal connection to his faith for the first time in many years.