Mortenson asks to be shown how to pray by the muslim faith. This gesture implies respect and honor toward the submition of God in their way. It was a large step in becoming closer with the new friends he had met.
Mortenson "Will you show me how to pray?"
Manzoor "Are you Muslim?"
Mortenson "I respect Islam"
It shows the distrusting people that although he is American he is a man of faith and of service regardless of his background. It goes along with the whole idea of helping others. Later on his reputation among the Pakistani's would prove to help him.