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As-Salaam Alaikum (السلام عليكم) is an Arabic spoken greeting used by Muslims and to a lesser extent by Arab Christians and Jews. The term salam in Arabic means « peace ». The greeting may also be transliterated as Asalam ‘Alaykum which means « peace be upon you« .

The traditional response is Wa `Alaikum as-Salaam, (و عليكم السلام) meaning « and upon you be peace« . This type of greeting is common in the Middle East, Africa, The Balkans and South Asia.

Its Hebrew counterpart greeting is Shalom aleichem and its Maltese is Sliem ghalikom.


(ˈnɪndʒə ˈmɑmə lɪk ʌm !!!)

Question: So. Are you…Muslim?

Answer: No. Good question, though.

Question: Why…ah… why mention the greeting here, then?

Answer: Because it’s a fact that Saudi Arabia influenced me. Despite the painful reality of the present-day politics I disagree with there, I have nothing but fond memories of my early life there, thanks to the generosity of the Bedouins, who, by showing me the beauty of the desert life and their culture, effectively shielded me from surrounding violence. -This was during a time predating the large-scale property developments that have by now permanently changed the scope of the deserts I remembered.

Question: Thanks for sharing that. But what I really wanted to know, is…?

Answer: What? Oh, yeah, let me clarify- In the Philippines, Islam is the oldest recorded monotheistic religion, although the majority of the population are practicing Roman Catholic. Yet that certainly does not rule out (Vajrayana) Buddhism, Sikhism and Hinduism, the latter of which had an impact on Philippines’ mythology. The pre-colonial practices of animism, indigenous folk religion and ancestor worship are thankfully still alive. Oh! By the way, there happens to be a Kabbalah centre in Manila today, where the Filipino Jewish community there resides.

Question: Whoah. What is your practice?

Answer: That’s personal. But I’ll give you a hint: Babaylan? (Mangngallag… Kasta ngarod.)

Question: Interesting. Now, going back to ‘Ninjamamalickum…’?

Answer: Sure.

Question: Well, what I really was asking, and what I really wanted to know is, um…?

Answer: What.

Question: Uh- Does it….um… So how do you pronounce Ninjamamalickum?

Answer: Good question. Sit up straight. Inhale deeply through the nose… and upon the exhale through the mouth, say: ˈnɪndʒə ˈmɑmə lɪk ʌm !!!

Question: Here goes-ˈnɪndʒə ˈmɑmə laɪk ʌm ?

Answer: No, no, no. It’s: ˈnɪndʒə ˈmɑmə lɪk ʌm !!!

Question: OH. Oh, OK. Yeah, I get it,ˈnɪndʒə ˈmɑmə lɪk ʌm !!!…?

Answer: Perfect. Good job.

Question: Do people tend to mispronounce it?

Answer: All the time.

Question: Why is that?

Answer: People probably think it’s loaded. And they don’t ask. But it’s only a loaded name when you don’t ask. So ask me. In order to establish any kind of connection with people, we all have to break some initial ice anyway. So it’s better to just ask.

Question: And so… ah…that’s it?

Answer: What’s ‘it’?

Question: Uh….your name, it doesn’t mean anything….else?

Answer: If you’re asking about the Ninja Academy monikers, Ninja Academy’s core is made up of bassist Indo-Ninja and drummer Outdo-Ninja. Outdo is the opposite of Indo, get it? And Gongis Khan always plays a gong. Etcetera. Not that complicated.

Question: Sure, but ‘Ninjamamalickum?’ Ah…you know, like, uh- ? Doesn’t that…5th syllable… mean something… suggestive, uh-? You know?

Answer: No.

Question: Really. (Pause) You sure? It’s not-

Answer: No.

Question: ?

Answer: No.

Question: (disappointed) Oh.

Answer: Yeah.

(mutually awkward pause)

Question: What?

Answer: I think you’re just projecting.

Question: Oh. Okay.

Answer: You’re just projecting, man.

Question: So, then (?)

Answer: So don’t project.

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