45 Similar Arab / Christian Names

Did you know that the bible and Qur’an contain a lot of similar names that are still being used worldwide today? Well, below are a collection of all that I can find around the web.

  1. Aaron / Harun
  2. Abel / Habil
  3. Abraham / Ibrahim
  4. Adam (pronounced eh-duhm) / Adam (pronounced ah-dumb)
  5. Adel / Habil
  6. Alexander / Iskandar
  7. Cain / Qabil
  8. Caleb / Kalab
  9. David / Daud
  10. Eber / Hud
  11. Elijah / Ilyas
  12. Elisha / al-Yasa
  13. Enoch / Idris
  14. Eve / Hawwa
  15. Ezekiel / Hisqul
  16. Ezra / Uzair
  17. Gabriel / Jibrail
  18. George / Jirjis
  19. Goliath / Jalut
  20. Isaac / Ishaq
  21. Isaiah / Shaya
  22. Ishmael / Ismail
  23. Jacob / Yaakob
  24. Jesus / Isa
  25. Jethro / Shoaib
  26. Job / Ayub
  27. John / Yahya
  28. Joseph / Yusuf
  29. Jonah / Yunus
  30. Joshua / Yusha
  31. Lot / Lut
  32. Mary / Miriam
  33. Moses / Musa
  34. Michael / Mikhal
  35. Nebuchadnezzar / Bukht Nassar
  36. Nimrod / Numrud
  37. Noah / Nuh
  38. Peter / Petra
  39. Rachel / Rahil
  40. Samuel / Shamwil
  41. Saul / Talut
  42. Seth / Shi
  43. Shelah / Saleh
  44. Solomon / Sulaiman
  45. Zechariah / Zakaria

What Everyone Ought To Know About Root Causes Of Radical Islam

I think that Malaysia and Brunei are the only 2 peaceful Muslim-majority countries in the world. I believe that the Muslims in Malaysia are a brilliant example to Muslims elsewhere. A more accurate description would be tolerant and easy going. However, as you and I know, there are also fundamentalists. Every religion has them. Today, I chose to talk about Islamic fundamentalism. The difference between the mainstream Islam and fundamental Islam would be :

  • Muslims believe that the Qur’an is the unadulterated word of God as revealed to Muhammad through the Archangel Gabriel.
  • Islamic fundamentalists assert that a correct interpretation of Islam relies solely on the Qur’an, Hadith and Sunnah, excluding tradition and popular practice.

I have been thinking to myself, why does radical Islam exist? What are the root causes?

I scoured the web for answers and I found 10 logical reasons:

  1. poverty
  2. inferiority complex
  3. western imperialism and the damage it has done to second and third world cultures and economies
  4. futility and being under authoritarian leadership
  5. biased media indoctrination
  6. restraint of freedom of speech and free thought
  7. Islamic fundamentalists believing that it is their job to rid the world of the infidels
  8. a refusal of those responsible to address the issues they caused
  9. specific actions such as TPAJAX, the instigation of the Iran/Iraq war, and support of various sides in proxy wars that ended in the deaths of their families and neighbors over foreign struggles for control of oil resources.
  10. ignorance that lead to manipulations by insecure people who want control.

What do you think?

As a conclusion, I believe that there only 2 things in this world that can overcome radicalism and extremism.

  1. equip oneself with sound knowledge
  2. be open-minded and accept the fact that there will always be differences

We are all born with choices. To realize that you have the power of choice is already power itself. Never blame others for your failure to be fully accountable for your own life. If others are to blame then you have given them control. The essence of all great religions are good. =)

Radical Islam
advocating literalistic interpretations of Islam


Understanding The Five Pillars of Islam

My parents are Christians. My grandmother who stays with us practices Taoism and Confusionism. I have been to churches and buddhist temples before. Though I live in a Muslim country, I understand very little about Islam. So inside me, there’s this curiosity to understand a little more about Islam. I believe that a lot of my non-Muslim friends are also in the same boat as me. We don’t really know much about Islam.

I once heard the President of a AccountAbility, a non-profit organization established in 1995 that promotes accountability innovations that advance responsible business practices the broader accountability of civil society and public organizations, saying that democracy exists in the Five Pillars of Islam. He said that the five pillars of Islam include freedom of conscience, freedom of expression, human dignity, and gender equality. I can’t believe that hearing him speak has made me want to understand the five pillars better. I did some research and found out what the five core aspects of Islam means.

  1. The Testimony of Faith (Shahadah)
  2. This Pillar is believing in and saying the words. “There is no God except Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah”.

  3. Ritual Prayer (Salat)
  4. This Pillar is praying five times a day. There are set prayers which Muslims should say, and all Muslims should face Mecca in Arabia when praying, and should pray on a prayer mat. People should wash before they pray. There are fixed movements, which include kneeling with the forehead placed on the ground in front. This expresses the servant status of the human being in relation to Allah.

  5. Obligatory / Religious Almsgiving (Zakat)
  6. Each year, Muslims are supposed to give a fixed proportion of their savings for endeavours such as helping the poor. In this way, they believe that their wealth is made pure.

  7. Fasting (Sawm)
  8. Refraining from food and drink during the month of Ramadan during daylight hours.

  9. The Pilgrimage to Mecca
  10. This is making a pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in your life, if it can be afforded.

I guess that freedom of conscience comes in where anyone is allowed to think what they want to think. And that none of the five pillars condemns nor punishes any human for having thoughts of their own.

I think that freedom of expression comes in at Shahadah. That one can choose to say or not to say what he believes in. Believing and saying ‘There is no God except Allah, Muhammad is the messenger of Allah’ shows that it is a human choice, not a must say or should say. It’s more like saying it because you believe it.

I think human dignity and gender equality also comes in at all five pillars. There is no specifics to say that only men can do this and women cannot do this. It’s more like regardless of gender, age, or skin colour, if you want to do it, then just do it. Helping the poor, being discipline and expressing right expressions brings about a sense of service and purpose, right?

What do you think?

Five Pillars of Islam
Five core aspects of Islam

Translating Democracy
Democracy in the Muslim world