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10002.jpgMuslim Apple is the Winner of our Book!

Now for something completely useless, for amusement, and just to prove that brothers in the editorial staff can write something other than ‘hard-hitting posts’… we will have a little competition for the best/coolest nickname in the blogosphere and last but not least, an actual prize! And the prize is… ‘He came to teach you your religion’, the book by Jamal Zarabozo. So, how does it work?

Some suggestions are listed below. Simply vote for one of them (ONLY one) OR tell us another one. As we get new suggestions, we’ll update this list. The owner of the nick nominated has to comment or at least have one comment on the MM blog. The suggestion has to be creative in order to make it to the list, so Cool_Muslim probably won’t get you in. ALSO, you have to explain the meaning/origin of your nick. We’ll keep this going for a week or two or until activity dies down, and the nick with the highest reader votes (includes you and us) wins. Simple enough? Let’s go then… here’s the list that will be constantly updated with votes:

  • Muslim Apple {7 votes} WINNER
  • McPagal {4 votes}
  • Our own ‘AnonyMouse’ {4 votes}
  • Philomantis {4 votes}
  • inexplicabletimelessness {2 vote} (Hope I spelled it right :) )
  • ExExBlogger {2 votes}
  • iMuslim {1 vote} AND…
  • Nuqtah {0 votes} –how could we have forgotten this one!
  • Judge Dredd {0 votes}
  • More…
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  1. iMuslim

    May 17, 2007 at 9:04 PM

    Amad! What’s my name doing up there? Too funny. :D

    If i don’t get at least one vote, i will cry.

    {I’m trying for the sympathy angle – wink}

    I’d like an explanation from ExExBlogger, about the origins of his/her name.

    I think mine’s obvious… :)

  2. iMuslim

    May 17, 2007 at 9:07 PM

    P.S., i’m holding my vote – i want to see if i or anyone else can find some decent competition for McPagal. :)

  3. Amad

    May 17, 2007 at 9:17 PM


    Btw, if I had to vote for most creative nick… it would have to be McPagal… I mean u’d be pagal not to vote for that!

  4. iMuslim

    May 17, 2007 at 9:18 PM

    haha @ the mcpagal issue coming up here, too! You’re spreading your mischief everywhere McP!

    Pagal means “fool”, amatullah. :)

  5. mcpagal

    May 17, 2007 at 9:19 PM

    lol, jazaks for the name appreciation! it was actually my sister who started calling me that a while ago. She said I was the chief of the McPagal clan, good times.

    iMuslim: i usually got with the crazy/stupid definition, but ‘fool’ is far more concise :D

  6. Abu Bakr

    May 17, 2007 at 9:19 PM


    McPagal has my vote :)

  7. AnonyMouse

    May 17, 2007 at 9:20 PM

    I vote McPagal to be most creative nickname… and mine to be the cutest! ;)

  8. Abû Mûsâ Al-Habashî

    May 17, 2007 at 9:38 PM

    I think Philomantis is a creative name.

    Philomantis has commented on one of brother Amad’s earlier posts regarding the authenticity of the hadeeth regarding seeking knowledge in Canada.

    The name is composed of two parts: [i]philo[/i] which means love/affinity for, and [i]mantis[/i] which means Prophet. [SOURCE: Derived from his about page found here:

  9. Abû Mûsâ Al-Habashî

    May 17, 2007 at 9:41 PM

    lol I just noticed a typo. It’s supposed to read “the hadeeth regarding seeking knowledge in China.

  10. Amad

    May 17, 2007 at 10:24 PM

    Yeah Canada… LOL! Didn’t even exist 1400 years ago… that’s how shallow it is! ;)

  11. AnonyMouse

    May 17, 2007 at 11:05 PM

    *Gasps* Don’t diss Canada! We have maple syrup and BEAVER TAILS!!
    (For the benefit of you ignorant Yankees, beaver tails are a dessert, not actual beaver tails…)

  12. BintMuhammed

    May 17, 2007 at 11:12 PM

    hey dont hate on canada…and McPagal hmmm…seeing that pagal is the first urdu word i heard at my islamic high gonna have to vote for it

  13. nuqtah

    May 18, 2007 at 2:03 AM

    mcpagal is a dumb name in all seriousness…I vote for philomantis.

  14. abu ameerah

    May 18, 2007 at 7:54 AM

    I might be biased on this one…but…

    I have to go with ExEx Blogger!

  15. SrAnonymous

    May 18, 2007 at 8:23 AM

    mcpagal – that’s supposed to be creative? – just juvenile self-deprecation in my opinion.

    Still waiting on a really creative nick to enter your competition…then again this kind of ranks down there with the ummah’s urges for self-made cola, cheesy chips n halal chocolate bars.

    How about some FORMIDABLE creativity like a letter to the editor competition. They get scored on making the deadline, fewest cliches, most proactive topic and readibility….

  16. Amad

    May 18, 2007 at 8:38 AM

    Nuqtah, you reminded me of your own nick… nuqtah = dot… care to explain further?? It’s in the list now!

    And yes Sr. Anon & Nuqtah: McPagal is dumb, but its funny, and it usually the most creative stuff is self-depreciating. It’s all goooood! As I stated very clearly, the only useful part of this competition is the book to be gained…

    As for your formidable creativity competition, that is a great idea, and it may well be our next competition. Do you think though there will be enough folks interested in doing something like that? As you know our brethren can talk a mountain, but when it comes to doing something productive, we are , let’s just say a tad too lazy! :) But if you will develop the idea further and how you would do it, send us a note on our email (it is the “About” section)


  17. ibnabeeomar

    May 18, 2007 at 8:41 AM

    ive always thought ‘exexblogger’ was cool so ill give him my vote in “full force”

  18. Ruth Nasrullah

    May 18, 2007 at 10:10 AM

    Asalaamu alaikum.

    Well, McPagal turned out to be an educational nickname for me – I was thinking maybe it was a rapper from Pittsburgh – you know, MC Pa. Gal, LOL – but after a few comments went around about it, I went to my husband (a native Urdu speaker) to ask what “pagal” meant. Now I know more Urdu than just “atcha,” “nay,” “gee,” and “tikhe” (sp?). :)

    I’m curious about the origins/meanings of ExExBlogger and nuqtah, too.

    At any rate, I have to vote for our own AnonyMouse – and if we have a best blog name contest I will throw Musings of a Muslim Mouse in there.

  19. ibnabeeomar

    May 18, 2007 at 1:08 PM

    btw my nickname is both true and the name of a tabi’ee.

  20. Abu Bakr

    May 18, 2007 at 5:23 PM

    I liked lotaenterprises

  21. Amatullah

    May 18, 2007 at 7:01 PM

    A competition on the coolest blog names would be nice.

    I like Muslim Apple and IzzyMo.

  22. nuqtah

    May 18, 2007 at 7:40 PM

    erm nuqtah…basically there are two reasons behind choosing this name:

    a) Nuqtah means a dot, a fullstop, and this represents assertiveness.

    b) Nuqtah also means ‘a point’ in urdu; so it also represents ‘making a point’.

    Hence, in a nutshell it means to make a point with assertiveness. ;)

  23. ibnabeeomar

    May 18, 2007 at 8:11 PM

    yeah i will have to TM “Lota Enterprises, Inc.” for our big business empire ;)

  24. Hafsa

    May 18, 2007 at 8:28 PM


  25. Hafsa

    May 18, 2007 at 8:34 PM

    please add a poll – votes can be calculated faster.

  26. inexplicabletimelessness

    May 19, 2007 at 12:47 AM

    As salaamu alaikum,

    hm……..I think many of them are good mashaAllah but Philomantis is very creative/exceptionally good. I will have to go with that, inshaAllah. :)

  27. SrAnonymous

    May 19, 2007 at 10:00 AM

    mcpagal means son of a fool, don’t diss your parentage

  28. mcpagal

    May 19, 2007 at 1:19 PM

    SrAnonymous: juvenile and self deprecating is quite a good description of my sense of humour, actually :)

    Also I use Mc- in the sense of being a generic pagal person who also happens to be Scottish. I don’t use it to mean son/child of (and I don’t think many people do now anyway… the meaning’s changed now.)

    In any case, I discussed it with my parentage and they don’t seem to mind.

    Amad: McPagal is dumb
    Now that’s just out of line!

    Ruth Nasrullah: glad I helped expand your Urdu vocabulary! For the record, MC Pa. Gal did actually make me laugh out loud.

  29. mcpagal

    May 19, 2007 at 1:21 PM

    Oh by the way, I vote AnonyMouse – for putting an ‘e’ on the end of a word and making it mean something different. That’s cool, that is.

    If I had another vote (or two) I’d go for ExExBlogger or Lota Enterprises!

  30. Amad

    May 19, 2007 at 2:12 PM

    Sr. McPagal, I was just kidding… don’t be offended :)

  31. AnonyMouse

    May 19, 2007 at 7:41 PM

    Yay, I actually got two votes! :D

  32. amatulwahhaab

    May 19, 2007 at 9:05 PM

    i vote for anonymouse :D

  33. iMuslim

    May 21, 2007 at 9:29 AM

    Hafsa! Jazakallah! I didn’t even have to bribe you! Woohoo! :D

    Btw, i vote for inexplicabletimelessness purely for the number of syllables involved. :)

  34. ExEx Blogger

    May 21, 2007 at 9:35 AM

    As for ExEx Blogger, the name was not derived from some digusting idea but rather that my blog’s name is Exuberantly Exhilarating. I took the first two letters of both words is ExEx Blogger. It also suits me personally because. I used to blog then I quit. So that makes me an ‘ex-blogger’. Then I started blogging again and that makes me The “Ex of the Ex-Blogger”, thus negating my ‘ex-blogger’ status and making me a blogger again. Sorry if I’m making things too complicated.

  35. inexplicabletimelessness

    May 23, 2007 at 1:27 AM

    jazaki Allahu khair for nominating me sister iMuslim. :)

    If you wanted to know why I even chose this name in the first place, be prepared to allow your brain to hurt a little bit..

    1) you know when you daydream and then you think about the Hereafter? You imagine, for example, the concept of Jannah and Hell-fire NEVER ending…’s a timeless reality but you cannot explain the feeling! In fact, it’s really hard to even imagine the concepts of “eternity” and “immortality” because we as humans living in a temporary world are not accustomed to it. may Allah make us of the faa’izoon (winners), ameen.

    2) Even in this life, there are moments when time is something that goes by so fast or so slow. Time is just a weird, inexplicable thing…so in order to remind myself how I can’t understand it, I just made my username it…

    So…does that make any sense? If it didn’t, great, I think you understood it then… :D

  36. iMuslim

    May 23, 2007 at 6:56 AM

    Mashallah @ ExExBlogger & inexplicabletimelessness for being so darned clever with their usernames. :)

    My inspiration? Blogger was refusing most of my “normal” ideas for a username. Stumped, i looked around my room for inspiration. I then noticed my iPod sitting on the desk in front of me. And the rest is history. :D

  37. Judge Dredd

    May 23, 2007 at 12:01 PM

    I like “Muslim Apple”.
    I think it conveys a message of peace…..just my perception.
    That’s my vote.

  38. Umm Reem

    May 23, 2007 at 11:11 PM

    What a useless competition for such a valuable book! :)

    In any case, I will vote for Muslim Apple. It sounds refreshing!

  39. khawla hurayrah

    May 24, 2007 at 9:20 AM

    Umm Reem: Glad you mention that “useless” word.

    It is like telling the kids, “Hei, you guys, go out there and do some idle talk and I’ll reward the best amongst you with the best of reward: He came to teach you your religion” (smiley face)

    Are we kidding our self into thinking that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) will be pleased with us by naming with such nicks like “son of a fool”?

    Rather, criterion for good nicks should be based on the Sunnah, not just cool and funny or worst derogatory?

    Allahu Alim

    Count my vote for Muslim Apple instead.

  40. mcpagal

    May 24, 2007 at 12:56 PM

    do all the comments dissing my name get counted as negative marks? (sad face)

    I already explained that I amn’t calling myself ‘son of a fool’, but ach well.

  41. Amad

    May 24, 2007 at 1:34 PM

    apparently some folks did not read my introductory sentence… please do read it.

    I still vote for mcpagal, its cute, its funny and it rocks… I don’t know how anyone can think of it as being ‘son or daughter’ of a fool…

    No negative voting, so you’re still tops with Muslim Apple now!

  42. iMuslim

    May 24, 2007 at 1:46 PM

    Rather, criterion for good nicks should be based on the Sunnah, not just cool and funny or worst derogatory?

    Derogatory is bad, yes. But a sense of humour is not anti-Sunnah. I don’t recall Rasoolallah, sallalahu ‘alayhi wa salam, being offended by the kunya Abu Hurayrah (radiallahu ‘anhu), which is obviously not a literal nickname by any sorts. And i remember him, sallalahu ‘alayhi wa salam, calling a child whose pet had died, by the kunya of “mother/father of the bird”, as a joke to cheer the child up (i’m sorry, i can’t remember the arabic term!). So, perhaps the nick competition isn’t as useless as all that, especially as it seems to be serving as a bonding exercise, which in fact, is the whole purpose of kunyas. :)

  43. dawaholic

    May 29, 2007 at 2:58 PM

    I vote for AnonyMouse.

  44. Amatullah

    May 30, 2007 at 10:12 PM

    so when’s the competition over? Or is it already over…

  45. Muslim Apple

    May 31, 2007 at 5:16 AM

    Can I vote for myself?

    In sha Allah, I’ll write a little bit about my nickname more than what is on my blog a little later today.

    Not that I’m voting for these people but I’ve always liked the names IzzyMo, Indigo Jo, Hijabi Apprentice, Jilbabble, and Koonj.

  46. Kate

    May 31, 2007 at 7:14 AM

    I vote for Muslim Apple!

  47. AnonyMouse

    May 31, 2007 at 4:46 PM

    In which case, the competition is still on! :)

  48. Amad

    May 31, 2007 at 10:04 PM

    Muslim Apple, sure you can vote for yourself

  49. Muslim Apple

    May 31, 2007 at 11:00 PM

    Thanks for the votes of support. I actually do not have too much to say about my name except that I am a Muslim and do like apples both the fruit and the macintosh variety.

    I am however interested in the reactions of others to my name. Umm Yasmin said it sounded “crunchy” to her and Annessa said it sounded “cherubic” and now Judge Dredd says that it sounds “peaceful”, ma sha Allah.

  50. Sumera

    June 1, 2007 at 7:24 AM

    I vote for inexplicabletimelessness – its brilliant!

  51. Amad

    June 1, 2007 at 7:06 PM

    What a comeback… Muslim Apple zooms ahead to the top of the list…

    We’ll keep the competition on until we don’t receive a comment for at least 5 days on this post… can the initial trail-blazer McPagal do some brazen stuff to get her lead back? Can Mouse convince others to vote for her on her own blog?? Remains to be seen… STAY TUNED!

  52. Bander

    June 8, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    I vote for Philomantis. Considering the way it was derived, I think it is much more creative then the rest.

  53. Muslim Apple

    June 8, 2007 at 3:12 PM

    I vote for myself as Muslim Apple.

  54. AnonyMouse

    June 8, 2007 at 5:50 PM

    I vote for… meeeeeeeee! Just to keep me in second place, at least… ;)

    Is there anyone here I can bully – erm, I mean persuade – to vote for me? :D

  55. Amad

    June 11, 2007 at 8:01 PM

    Sorry Mouse.. you can’t vote twice… this isn’t Pakistan you know. Muslim Apple firms up her lead. If no more comments come in for another 2 days, she’s the winner!

  56. AnonyMouse

    June 11, 2007 at 8:36 PM

    *Skulks off into the shadows, muttering under my breath against the voting-fraud-police*

  57. mcpagal

    June 12, 2007 at 9:28 AM

    Voting for yourself? Wish I’d thought of that! XD

  58. teaforone

    June 12, 2007 at 7:08 PM

    muslim apple

  59. Amad

    June 15, 2007 at 5:05 PM

    Ok, Muslim Apple wins!

    Sister, please contact us with your mailing address to get the prized book of knowledge!

    folks, you can still talk about your or other’s nicks… its just that you can’t vote anymore ;)

  60. Muslim Apple

    June 15, 2007 at 5:47 PM

    Ma sha Allah tabarakAllah, this has been a rather humbling experience, many thanks to Amatullah for nominating me and to those who agreed with her suggestion :)

    I’m excited to get started on that book, Br. Amad, how should I contact you guys

  61. AnonyMouse

    June 15, 2007 at 6:04 PM

    Mabrook, Muslim Apple! :D

  62. Muslim Apple

    August 24, 2007 at 5:45 PM

    Alhamdulillah, I received the book this week. May Allah reward all of you and increase you in barakah.

  63. amin

    August 2, 2009 at 2:05 AM

    i am muslim

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