Assalamualaikum Nadal!


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Assalamualaikum Nadal!
By Zan Azlee

I named my daughter Athena when she was born. Is it a name of one of Prophet Muhammad’s wife? No it isn’t.

Is it an Arabic name? No, I’m pretty sure it isn’t. Neither is it a Malay name. And it definitely isn’t Indian or Chinese.

It’s Greek actually. It’s the name of the Goddess of Wisdom and War. Semi-goddess, to be exact, since she was an illegitimate child of Zeus.

I chose that name because I thought it’s nice that the patron of wisdom is also the patron for war.

To me, it meant that war is something so devastating that it needed someone wise to watch over it.

I also kind of hoped that my daughter would grow up to be wise, strong and independent, like the name.

Isn’t that a nice reason to why I named her that? Of course, I’m not planning for her to start praying towards Mount Olympus instead of the Kaabah!

But there are those who just smile when I tell them this story. Then they proceed to crack their heads to find out if there is an Arabic definition to the name.

Some have even gone so far as to recite Quranic verses to see if there any words that sound remotely like ‘Athena’.

Why lah? Doesn’t a name just need to be a good name? In fact, couldn’t it just be anything the parents feel is good? [Click to read the full article at The Malaysian Insider]

I named my daughter Athena when she was born. Is it the name of one of Prophet Muhammad’s wives? No, it isn’t.

Is it an Arabic name? No, I’m pretty sure it isn’t. Neither is it a Malay name. And it definitely isn’t Indian or Chinese.

It’s Greek actually. It’s the name of the Goddess of Wisdom and War. Semi-goddess, to be exact, since she was an illegitimate child of Zeus.

 

I chose that name because I thought it’s nice that the patron of wisdom is also the patron of war.To me, it meant that war was something so devastating that it needed someone wise to watch over it.

I also kind of hoped that my daughter would grow up to be wise, strong and independent, like the name.

Isn’t that a nice reason as to why I named her that? Of course, I’m not planning for her to start praying towards Mount Olympus instead of the Kaabah!

But there are those who just smile when I tell them this story. Then they proceed to crack their heads to find out if there is an Arabic definition to the name.

Some have even gone so far as to recite Quranic verses to see if there any words that sound remotely like “Athena”.

Why lah? Doesn’t a name just need to be a good name? In fact, couldn’t it just be anything the parents feel is good?

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/zan-azlee/article/assalamualaikum-nadal#sthash.AWtVtdrA.dpuf

named my daughter Athena when she was born. Is it the name of one of Prophet Muhammad’s wives? No, it isn’t.

Is it an Arabic name? No, I’m pretty sure it isn’t. Neither is it a Malay name. And it definitely isn’t Indian or Chinese.

It’s Greek actually. It’s the name of the Goddess of Wisdom and War. Semi-goddess, to be exact, since she was an illegitimate child of Zeus.

 

I chose that name because I thought it’s nice that the patron of wisdom is also the patron of war.To me, it meant that war was something so devastating that it needed someone wise to watch over it.

I also kind of hoped that my daughter would grow up to be wise, strong and independent, like the name.

Isn’t that a nice reason as to why I named her that? Of course, I’m not planning for her to start praying towards Mount Olympus instead of the Kaabah!

But there are those who just smile when I tell them this story. Then they proceed to crack their heads to find out if there is an Arabic definition to the name.

Some have even gone so far as to recite Quranic verses to see if there any words that sound remotely like “Athena”.

Why lah? Doesn’t a name just need to be a good name? In fact, couldn’t it just be anything the parents feel is good?

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/zan-azlee/article/assalamualaikum-nadal#sthash.AWtVtdrA.dpuf

named my daughter Athena when she was born. Is it the name of one of Prophet Muhammad’s wives? No, it isn’t.

Is it an Arabic name? No, I’m pretty sure it isn’t. Neither is it a Malay name. And it definitely isn’t Indian or Chinese.

It’s Greek actually. It’s the name of the Goddess of Wisdom and War. Semi-goddess, to be exact, since she was an illegitimate child of Zeus.

 

I chose that name because I thought it’s nice that the patron of wisdom is also the patron of war.To me, it meant that war was something so devastating that it needed someone wise to watch over it.

I also kind of hoped that my daughter would grow up to be wise, strong and independent, like the name.

Isn’t that a nice reason as to why I named her that? Of course, I’m not planning for her to start praying towards Mount Olympus instead of the Kaabah!

But there are those who just smile when I tell them this story. Then they proceed to crack their heads to find out if there is an Arabic definition to the name.

Some have even gone so far as to recite Quranic verses to see if there any words that sound remotely like “Athena”.

Why lah? Doesn’t a name just need to be a good name? In fact, couldn’t it just be anything the parents feel is good?

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/zan-azlee/article/assalamualaikum-nadal#sthash.AWtVtdrA.dpuf

named my daughter Athena when she was born. Is it the name of one of Prophet Muhammad’s wives? No, it isn’t.

Is it an Arabic name? No, I’m pretty sure it isn’t. Neither is it a Malay name. And it definitely isn’t Indian or Chinese.

It’s Greek actually. It’s the name of the Goddess of Wisdom and War. Semi-goddess, to be exact, since she was an illegitimate child of Zeus.

 

I chose that name because I thought it’s nice that the patron of wisdom is also the patron of war.To me, it meant that war was something so devastating that it needed someone wise to watch over it.

I also kind of hoped that my daughter would grow up to be wise, strong and independent, like the name.

Isn’t that a nice reason as to why I named her that? Of course, I’m not planning for her to start praying towards Mount Olympus instead of the Kaabah!

But there are those who just smile when I tell them this story. Then they proceed to crack their heads to find out if there is an Arabic definition to the name.

Some have even gone so far as to recite Quranic verses to see if there any words that sound remotely like “Athena”.

Why lah? Doesn’t a name just need to be a good name? In fact, couldn’t it just be anything the parents feel is good?

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/opinion/zan-azlee/article/assalamualaikum-nadal#sthash.AWtVtdrA.dpuf

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One response to “Assalamualaikum Nadal!

  1. Hi, i like ur article.i would to know the place can I can meet these religious officers as I am an Chinese keen to convert to Islam while retain my original name.thanks and hope ur ur reply.

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