Less than a year later Pi converted to Islam as well. He was exploring the Muslim quarter of Pondicherry, and he admired the beautiful mosque. He went into a Muslim baker’s shop. The baker started a conversation with Pi but then excused himself to go pray. Pi was intrigued by the “callisthenic” prayer routine.
As with Christianity, Pi has only an outsider’s knowledge of Islam and so first sees the ritual without the faith’s essence. This is similar to the people who blithely assert that zoos are “prisons” for animals.