AboutSalam alaykum, selamat datang, hihowaya! My name is Zayn Al-Abideen bin Gregory, an American from Detroit, Michigan.
I converted to Islam in 1992 at the age of 17. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Convert literature is kind of problematic, to be honest. I’m glad I never wrote about it. But if you are interested in the genre, or in the American muslim experience, you should read The Autobiography of Malcolm X, or perhaps the story of Shaykh Nuh Ha Mim Keller. May Allah grant all of us Husnul Khatimah.
My ethnic background is Polish and Khazar. That usually means I’m a Mat Salleh in Malaysia, but not always. My family has accumulated a veritable treasury of grave wisdom that you can consult for your enrichment.
I have a couple of college degrees that may or may not pay for themselves one day. By day, I teach young people to plant flowers. Sometimes, I plant a few myself. I married a lovely Malaysian woman in 1997. As of September 2012 I’ve been living in Kuching, Sarawak for nearly ten years with our small army of 7, count ‘em, 7 children.
I’ve been running this blog since 2002! Some of my favorite things to write about are translating Malay poetry and Malay proverbs, and sampling the outrageous tropical fruit found on the Isle of Borneo. By far the best part of keeping this site up since dinosaur days has been all the wonderful people I’ve been fortunate to meet through it. So if you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read here at Bin Gregory Productions, please say hello and keep in touch!
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