The American Muslim Radio Show – The Return

Sometimes I don’t know when enough is enough, so after an eight month hiatus, I have decided to do radio again, well at least try for now.  So please join me for in depth ranting and maybe some discussion either live on the phone or in the show’s chatroom July 10, 2009 at 6pm ET.  I will be discussing many things, many not that interesting, but most will be in line with some of the things I have been saying on the blog and explaining how I feel about them in depth.

As always you can reach my show at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/theamericanmuslim for those who have never heard the show, the archives can be found there for you to listen to and hopefully enjoy.  Hope to hear from you guys tomorrow night.

By the way, if there is anything pressing you would like me to elaborate on or you have something to get off your chest to me, that would be a good time.  🙂

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3 Comments

  1. Its not that we need to prove ourselves to anyone. However in today society information is power. We need to get our true stories out there. And part of our story is Interfaith Cooperation. We have been trying to get that information out for a long time and it doesn’t seem to want to be heard by anyone.

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  2. Originally published in the print edition of The American Muslim, June 1989. It is so frustrating that the same non-issues are raised over and over again …

    Muslim Names?: A Rose by Any Other Name…

    by Sheila Musaji

    I am a Muslim. My name may be John, James, Joshua, Robert, Michael, Sheila, Vicki, Jeanette, Michelle, Lynette, or…. If my name has a good meaning and is not assoicated with any pagan god, godess or practice – then it fulfills the requirements for a Muslims name. The fact that I did not change my name to an Arabic, Farsi or Urdu name has nothing to do with the state of my Iman, the level of my Islamic knowledge, or my identity as a Muslim.

    John-Yahya, Mary-Maryam, Jonah-Yunus, Nancy-Nazi, Jamillah-Bonnie, etc. are the SAME NAMES in different languages. There is no superiority in one version over any other version. As a person who came to Islam from Judaism or Christianity and not from paganism, I am required to change my life, not my name. If I choose to take a new name for whatever reason, that is my choice, but not a requirement.

    What was Umar’s name when he was still a pagan and wanted to kill the holy prophet (swt)? And what was his name after he embraced Islam?

    When will you change your name? What is your “Muslim” name? We need to find you another name! Oh, you’re not a Muslim? – and all the variations on this theme are likely to provoke puzzlement, frustration, anger, resentment, embarassment or hurt feelings depending on how many times the individual has been questioned on this issue.

    If the goal is to open the possibility for friendship, conversation, Islamic guidance, etc. this question might better be avoided, as it is more likely to close than to open any
    doors.

    My name is Sheila, and if asked “What does your name mean?” I would be happy to explain that in the language of my ancestors (Gaelic) the name means “sighted” and in that society referred to a quality of being able to see and understand the meaning and signficance of a thing that isnt’ always observable. Since I was little I liked my name.

    When I embraced Islam I felt deep down that it was after all just the right “Muslim” name, and I thanked God for giving me the gift of “seeing” Islam.

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