Wednesday, August 1, 2007

Are you listening MPAC?

Matt

Hello Good People,

I had a striking, nay stunning, realization the other day which undoubtedly merits sharing with you, the countless loyal readers of this blog. Adel, one of my Arabic teachers here in Cairo, recently had a beautiful baby boy (ma sha Allah!) by the name of Jaleel. When he mentioned the name, I didn't think much of it then, but it was impossible to shake the feeling that I already knew someone by that name.

Now by and large the vast majority of men in Cairo are named Muhammad or Ahmad which makes the phonebook in my cell phone a nightmare. The other day when I sat down for chess, there were 4 Muhammad's, 1 Ahmad, and a Rafeeq. Needless to say, last names are a must in this city. But I digress.

For whatever reason I kept mulling over the name Jaleel, until it hit me. There is only one other person in the world I know with that name: Steven Q. Urkel, star of the 1990's sitcom Family Matters and icon for all those kids who grew up watching TGIF on ABC, was played by Jaleel White.

A follow-up question came to mind. Was Steve Urkel Muslim? A little bit of legitimate research later (read Wikipedia) and the answer turned out to be yes. Who knew?

Perhaps I should prepare a letter to the Muslim Public Affairs Council giving my highest recommendation that Jaleel White become their new spokesman. Such a figure so ingrained in the television consciousness of America is sure to make inroads in inter-religious dialogue. Brilliant!

Thanks for reading.

6 comments:

Gale said...

Yes, brilliant.

QuiQui said...

Ha ha ha! This was great, Matt.

outspokenarab said...

nice Matt. I always was suspicious.

p.s. it's MAPAC
Muslim American Public Affairs Counsel

Matt said...

Miss Al Zoubi, check out the link: http://www.mpac.org/. I think I got you here.

outspokenarab said...

i guess u did, i was thinking of this for some reason:
http://www.mapacnc.org/

sam said...

we really ought to see that the number of posts with "family matters" tags increases