Houli, 18, plans to observe religous fasts when it does not conflict with game day and to work at his parents' Werribee fish and chip shop as often as he can.
His parents migrated from Lebanon 30 years ago.
But the Tarneit teenager said public focus on his religion would not stop him achieving on the football field.
"I'm not only devoted to my religion, I want to succeed at the highest level in footy," Houli said.
Young talent ... "I'm not only devoted to my religion,
I want to succeed at the highest level in footy," said Bachar Houli.
He admitted he led a remarkably different lifestyle to that of most AFL footballers, but said his religion was an advantage.
"It is good for me, it gives me discipline as a person," he said.
"I pray fives times a day . . . I can't go out in the nightlife and have a drink and become uncontrollable."
The teenager plans to explain his beliefs to his teammates.
"I will make people aware that I can't drink alcohol or can't do (some of the) things they can do," he said.
"Surely I will have the respect that everyone deserves."
The talented midfielder was snapped up by Essendon as a result of strong performances at the National Draft camp last month.
Houli fasted during sunlight hours for two weeks before the camp for Islam's holy month of Ramadan.
He broke the fast, with the permission of Muslim leaders, only 24 hours before gruelling fitness tests.
"I spoke to them and they gave me the all clear," Houli said.
The teenager said he would continue to consult Muslim leaders over any conflicts between his faith and football.
The young left-footer began playing football at Spotswood Under 12s without telling his parents. He said his parents did not understand Australian football at the time.
He confessed he was playing the sport when he brought home a bagful of trophies and received his parents' blessing.
Houli said being drafted was a personal goal, but he hoped it would inspire other Australian Muslims to reach for their dreams.
"It is huge for me," he said. "It also opens up the way for other Muslims around the community to know they can make the highest level."