Saturday, January 8, 2011
I have some serious questions concerning language...haha..No, not with Rajh. However him and I are still working out our own Nepal/Hindi/American version of a language... :) My issues is with Arabic. I understand the need for all of us to learn it. It's the language of our Prophet(pbuh) and we need to learn to read the Quran and recite our prayers correctly. My problem lies with the intermittent use of some Arabic words into our daily conversations with people who are of an English speaking background. Just because I am a Muslim doesn't mean that all of a sudden I should "switch up" my English words with Arabic, does it? I still receive email messages from some crazy polygyny group that I quit a while back...too extreme, and when I read them I just laugh. They, and I, are Americans. Why cant I call him, "my husband"? Why does it have to be"zawj" or what ever term they use? They will do all these "greetings" in Arabic...then say.."so and so is looking for "akhi", this is her "wakil" information. Then they will throw in a little American English and say, "you can hit her up on facebook"... LOOOOL When us as Americans take our Shahada, does it come with an obligatory duty to speak broken Arabic in our daily conversations? I know a few reverts here in my country that do the same. I greet with "Salaam Alaikmu, how are you". Mind you, they are as English as English gets..LOL They follow up with "Alaikum Salaam, jhak bar, schlolich zaina....hdlakfldjwoeijldkfjlsdjflejfoieldkjfoielj..."(During this time I just nod my head)
When I am speaking to an American Muslim or European Muslim, do I have to pretend we are Arabic? What is so wrong with speaking English? I struggle thru this language on a DAILY basis. I would love to just be free to speak my own language with others that speak it as well.
So to all of my English speaking Muslim friends out there, "Salaam Alaikum! How are you all doing today? May Allah bless you and all of your family."