One of the first things I noticed is how much quieter my voice is compared to the videos I do now. Sorry about that– had a very sensitive neighbor who would bang on the shared wall if I was being too loud, so had to muffle things a bit.
Anyway, I re-watched the video and thought about things I can add or advice that I might change. I noticed that as of the date of filming, it has 846 comments(!)
First of all, THANK YOU for watching! And please LIKE and Subscribe if you haven’t done so already.
Second, in reading the comments, I wanted to address a few things. More than a couple people have written “tattoos are not haram (forbidden) in Islam.”
I did some research and talked to friends about it. My Shia friends say they are ok (Shia make up about 10% of Muslims today), whereas my Sunni friends say NO WAY.
I’m not a religious scholar (as you probably know), but it looks like in Shia Islam tattoos are not forbidden, so you got me on that one 🙂
As some of you know, I was raised Mormon/LDS…and in the house I grew up in they were DEF not okay…
I almost did get a tattoo later on, when I was studying abroad in England. I was going to get something small, like a butterfly, on my lower back. I later found out that’s called a “tramp stamp” and I’m SO happy that I did not go through with it.
If you want the full story, check out the video.
Someone commented that we should be using رب to mean “God.” Others have also said that non-Muslims should not be using the word الله ….
Again, I stand by what I said before– الله refers to God with a capital G.
As many of you know, I used to do free translations in the comments section of that video but stopped because it was becoming a daily thing and I couldn’t devote the time. We now offer tattoo translations for a minimal fee — here is the link:
I left all my previous translations up on the old video, so feel free to Ctrl+F and look for your requested tattoo–it may be there already. I also published a blog post entitled “your 5 most requested tattoo translations” that may be of help:
Also, I’ve seen people ask for their tattoo translations in the comments and get responses from other Arabic speakers. Awesome! Totally support this!
That said, please note that I don’t endorse anyone else’s translations.
Another note on this topic: people have been messaging me on Instagram asking for free translations. Please stop–it’s bad karma. Support small businesses please. Thank you.
The last thing I talk about this week is an experience I had in Santa Monica back in August/September. This should remind you of the importance of getting professional advice before you get a tattoo in a foreign language!
As always, I hope you enjoyed this week’s video. Please LIKE and SUBSCRIBE, SHARE and COMMENT!
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