Thursday, June 15, 2006

ambigram: asmirah-bte-a.rahim

For Fa's youngest sister.

In the Malay culture, 'bte' (sometimes also 'bt' or 'binti', derived from the Arabic 'Bintu') means 'daughter of'. On the other hand, 'bin' (sometimes 'b', taken wholly from the Arabic 'Bin') means 'son of'. The name which comes after 'bte' or 'bin' is the father's name.

Thus, (chosen merely because of universal familiarity) Osama bin Laden means Osama 'son of' Laden. *The ignorant American usage of referring him as 'Bin Laden' is thus a generic (and wrong) way as the term 'Bin Laden' could easily refer to any one of Laden's sons..

Two persons have the distinction of being contrary to the rule:
1. Prophet Adam (p.b.u.h.) as he is the first man; and
2. Prophet Isa (p.b.u.h. or known also as Jesus in Christianity) as his was of a miraculous birth. His name is hence: Isa bin Maryam (Jesus son of Mary).


Blogger Malay said...

I aint a professional like you. I just tried a hand at it after reading the book. I wonder how you fond my blog though...
One thing is for sure, though. I am gonna be a regular visitor to your blog on ambigrams and recommend to my friends too!!
Keep up the good work. Salaam to creativity!!!

2:01 AM  
Blogger nagfa said...

thank you malay for the kind words..

do come again for more original ambogram designs..


11:10 AM  

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