Tuesday, March 03, 2009

My Twin Soul!

Oh my goodness! Here's a Muslim chaplain like me: he has a Jewish father and a Christian mother! And he's a revert to Islam:


First published: Saturday, February 28, 2009

Nur Tiven: Pastoral care intern at Albany Medical Center Hospital
Background: 30, born and raised in the Berkshires. Studied divinity at Suluk Academy, New Lebanon, with focus on Islam and interfaith. Lives in Albany.

What is your religious background?

I wasn't raised overtly religious. My mother was Christian and my father Jewish. I converted to Islam in my early 20s.

What drew you to chaplaincy?

I had a longing to be of service to humanity so we are not doing things just for ourselves. The goal is to be a servant of God and serve whatever need presents itself ­— the poor, the sick. Previously, I had been doing a "bouquet of things" — teaching as a youth mentor, artist, musician. The longing to focus welled up in me. Chaplaincy has become my vocation.

Read the rest here.


noona said...

salaams dear sis,
yeah I'd think the chances of these 3 things being identical are slim, mashallah, there it is:).

It was so sweet of you to pass by the other day, how've you been doing?

Love you

Safiyyah said...

Wa Alaikum As Salaam Dear Noona:

I'm doing well, Alhamdulillah. Jazaka Allahu Khayrn for inquiring! I think of you often; you attending school over there, trying to navigate your life among so much violence and suffering. May Allah (swt) reward you!

Go to the post below this one and choose a Companion Award!

Safiyyah said...

PS - love you, too, Noona!

Teodoro Rafael Darnott Abdullah said...

Bienvenido (a)

Teopolítica de la teocracia. El nuevo pensamiento político latinoamericano. La soberanía se origina en Allah. Es de Allah. Reside en Allah y Allah la ejerce por medio de sus santas leyes y la institución de la regencia divina. Teodoro Darnott (Abdullah) un musulmán latino. Desde el Sagrado Corán y La Santa Biblia habla a un continente "cristiano" y opresivo. Anuncia una América Latina gobernada por Allah y sus santas leyes. La regencia teocrática islámica latinoamericana (El Kalifato Latino)


Safiyyah said...

As Salaamu Alaikum Hermano:

Gracias por leer mi blog. Ojala que todo este bien con Ud. y su familia.

noona said...

alhamdulillah you're doing well,
and yay you're giving me the Companion Award too, jazaki Allahu khayran, ok, so I will pick the blue flowers and put them on my blog's side bar,thanks!

Yasemin said...

As Salaamu Alaikum Safiyyah,

I finally got the book today. I know, I know. Major procrastination. Hope you are well. I know your pretty busy. Love you!

PS-Now it's a matter of finding time to read it!

Anonymous said...


I see you are up to the usual (thought provoking posts) making the rest of us shallow people look bad! I need to catch up on what you have been writing. Ok, let me blurk on your site. Did you ever hear from AM again after she deleted her blog?

Safiyyah said...

Salaams BG!

Nice to see you and Jazaka Allahu Khayr for your comments (blush). I always check your site to look for updates; was happy to see you posting recently.

Yes, I spoke with AM on the phone. She is very happy. She is expecting (twins, I think) very soon. I'll be sure to let everyone know when the happy bundles are here, Insha Allah.

Anonymous said...


Nur Habib Tiven is male. I am a student at the hospital where he works. He is a very wise and compassionate person indeed.

Best regards

Safiyyah said...

Hello Anonymous:

Blush - thanks for letting me know; I'll correct the post, lol.

Keep up your good work at the hospital!

Tell him that he has a "twin soul"

Nur Habib said...

I'm the Chaplain in this article, thanks for posting.
I'm so happy top learn I have a 'twin-soul' named Safiyyah, alhamdulillah. insha'allah we can talk sometime about all that we have in common.
email is:
Thank you "anonymous" for clarifying my gender and for the kind words. wa'salaam.

Safiyyah said...

As Salaamu Alaikum My Twin Soul:

Alhamdulillah! Now, how cool is this?! I find my Twin Soul in an article on the Internet, and now I have met him!

My dear brother, I have received your private email and will respond soon, Insha Allah. Tomorrow, Insha Allah, I leave for a Wednesday meeting of the Pennsylvania Prison Chaplains Association. But, Insha Allah, I will write soon!

You and Anonymous keep up your good work!