Salam alaykum, selamat datang, haihowaya! Gregory is my dad’s name so I’m bin Gregory. Choosing that as my online handle seemed daring and provocative in 2002 but now Bin Laden is dead and long forgotten and so it’s all just rather passé. Nonetheless, I’ve stuck with it.
I’m an American from exotic, distant, faraway Detroit, Michigan. I converted to Islam in 1992 at the age of 17. It seemed like a good idea at the time. 20+ years later, it still does. That’s about as much as you’ll get out of me on the subject. Convert literature is kind of problematic, to be honest, and 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.
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.
Ambik air wuduk pakai baju putih smayang 2 rakaat. Malam tu, mimpi DONALD TRUMP YU. Terus settle down in Malaysia ? https://t.co/By9vXR0EVr— Sir Zayn (@bingregory) May 30, 2016
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 even plant a few myself. I married a lovely Malaysian woman in the US and followed her back to Kuching, Sarawak where I’ve been living for decades with our small army of 7, count ’em, 7 children. Malaysians used to ask me why on earth I moved here, but oddly since November 2016 people stopped asking.
Nasib baik Trump tengah musnahkan Amerika Syarikat, tak la rasa menyesal pindah ke Malaysia— Sir Zayn (@bingregory) July 30, 2017
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 the internet was young 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! These days I’m most active on twitter: @bingregory but I am username bingregory all over the internet. Hit me up on your preferred social media platform/vehicle of communication.
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