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About

Salam 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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Those looking for the Mawlid Barzanji book can download it here.

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10 comments

  1. Mohammed Wafula Issa

    As-salaam aleikum.
    I am a Kenyan Muslim.
    I have been unable to enter abunashaiykh website leave alone download mawlid barzanji which I do seriously need. Please email it to me in MP3 and/or pdf file form. I will highly appreciate it.
    Ma’a salaam
    Your brother in Islam
    Mohammed W Issa

  2. Mohd Aizuddin

    Assalamualaikum,

    I just thought your blog is amazing. I would like to share the link with my friends, if you don’t mind. Some great stories to be read.
    Salam.

  3. wa alaykum salam. Thanks for the kind words, and of course you can share with anyone.

  4. GeorgeRic

    Your Collegiate experience in America is not likely to encourage a respect for God. The Prophet, (peace be upon him), taught the love of God as best he could. God is so much greater. Now men understand contiguous dimensional worlds, which explain where God lives, how God created mankind to share Himself with us, and how His immense Love lets God express Himself as Triune. ‘Techie Worlds’ (available at Amazon.com) will give you an understanding of the contiguous geometry that explains where Heaven is. It shows that impossible things Jesus the Anointed One promised are mechanically possible and very logical in the higher spiritual worlds. Such is God’s love, that shares Himself with us, and teaches us to love one another. Read ‘Techie Worlds’ and become a true lover of God and of all his people.
    GeorgeRic

  5. noreen qadir

    Assalamualaikum,

    I didn’t find the translation. Maybe it has been taken down? Would appreciate a copy. JazakAllah Khair.

  6. Shamshu Dean

    As Sallam Wa Alykum,

    Nice story. Br. if you will be kind enough to email me the Moulood I will really appreciate. May bless you in the bless month.

    Jazaak Allah

  7. azamars

    I cant hardly believe that you got same age like me,,,well everybody knows western people is tough n’ big person.no wonder we got no american football,,,sure you know the result..

  8. Hi! I’m writing you on behalf of the Protection Project. We are collecting some insights from Islamic bloggers on the position of Islam regarding the Human Trafficking and we’d love to know what you’d have to say about the topic. What is your opinion regarding the stance of Islam on trafficking and exploitation of women, children and domestic workers? Thank you very much!

  9. Salaams Zayn – stumbled on your blog. Well actually it was the Megan Foc log that caught my eye :). Anyway, awesome family mA. It’s the Malaysian Brady bunch! iA if I’m ever in Malaysia touring for Ilyas & Duck I’ll reach out and maybe we can grab coffee. Sounds like you may have other great stories to tell.