It is always hard for me to answer this simple question. "what is your full name?". At least it is when I'm being asked by fellow Malaysian, especially Malay. Because eventually, I'll only get another question as a reply like,
"Come again?", "Pardon?","what?"
The origin of the name
When I was born, my parent asked a favor from my uncle to give me a name and he decided to named me after the great companion (sahabah) of Rasulullah (PBUH). That's why I have this uncommon name for a pure Malay. My father last name is Kamil so he decided to make his sons' name spelling his name, K.A.M.I.L.
F.A.Q/A when I told people my name
"I think your name is a girl's name. I'm very sure of this!" (she even said this with a serious face) - the nurses at IIUM clinic (some of them even try to speak in English with me thinking that I'm an International student)
"I've never heard of your name before. Probably because I studied at a sekolah harian biasa not at an Islamic school" - Zara
"How do I pronounce your name?" - Rieandriyani, an Indonesian Blogger (in the end, she decided to call me Syin chan..LOL)
"Sister M...(while looking at the sister's side)" - a Malay lecturer in Kulliyah of Economics once called my name to give my midterm paper back. *sigh*
and the latest one was when I introduced myself in front of the workers in my industrial company, "Tuba?", and I have to repeat my name several times and spelled it some more and in the end one guy said to his friend "See, he has a japanese name". LOL 2x
Do I like my name?
Seriously speaking, I love my name even more. It's a sahabah's name and it's unique. Hope that my akhlaq will also be like the sahabah not just my name.
"A good name given by the parent is a Du'a"
That's why Muslims are encouraged to give a good name and for parents to call their children with a good name since it's a Du'a (prayer). I often come across names with no meaning. Our
Malay Muslims community should think more when giving names to their childrens. Names like Don kodek instead of Abdul Qadir or Zani (which means adulterer). Check this link for more information on how it is very important in Islam to give good children names.
why am I using Munsyi-sama then?
Munsyi is actually a combination of my name mu + n + sh + i = munsyi. Sama (様) is a Japanese suffix. Making my nickname in the blogging world MuNsYi~SaMa.
"Sama" is used in terms of politeness, and is mostly used for professionals like engineers or lawyers.
It is easier for people to remember my nickname instead of my real name, that's why I use this nickname.
So, what is my real name?
Some people do not disclose his/her real name in public but since my readers are basically my friends and family, I'll just write my name since people will keep asking me to repeat it again and again.
"My name is Mughirah Shu'bah"
See. you just read it again to get it right. (^_^)
note: Tomorrow is the starting of week two for my industrial training. I should really get some sleep now.