Mullah Faizullah is the elderly village tutor who teaches the Koran (akhund).He is an old man with a toothless smile and a white beard.He visits Mariam once or twice a week from Gul Daman to teach the five daily Namaz prayers and instruction in reciting the Koran. He also teaches him to read and write. Nana was taught by Mariam's mother when she was a child.She has a son named Hamza who is a few years older than Mariam.He is a very patient man who listens to all the stories, ideas and thoughts of Mariam. Mariam also holds a special place in the heart of Mullah Faizullah. This is shown by trying to persuade Nana to let Mariam go to the royal school.