New Culture: Bani Adam
I am a man of such a mixed culture, both genetically, traditionally, and spiritually. Genetically I am from ancestors who came from all over the world. When people try to decide what kinds of traditions they should incorporate into their lives, they try to refer to the traditions of their genetic ancestors. For people who have only one ethnic background, or very few ethnic backgrounds, this is easy. But for people as deeply mixed as I am, it is very hard, because while many of our ethnic backgrounds had many cultural norms in common, they also conflict in many ways. For example, what if you are questioning your religious beliefs, and you are considering learning the religions of your ancestors? If you are mixed, you may find that many of your ancestors had beliefs that wholly contradict the beliefs of many of your other ancestors…and you must then ask yourself which beliefs you should choose. Of course, this is the point at which some people come to realize that your religious beliefs should not depend upon the beliefs of your ancestors. All the same, there is a logical argument for why we should learn from our ancestors:
- Wisdom helps us live better lives.
- Wisdom is gained over time, via trial and error.
- The most important wisdom is the wisdom preserved over the generations.
- Every generation gains more wisdom to add to what wisdom was passed down to them from those before them.
- Over many generations, massive amounts of the best wisdom are gathered and collected and preserved.
- Our ancestors in general developed their traditions and customs and beliefs over hundreds of thousands of years, based upon the wisdom collected and gained and preserved over time. Their ways of life were based off of that wisdom.
Conclusion: If we live as much as possible the ways our ancestors did, we can benefit as much as possible from all the wisdom they lived on. That wisdom can make it easier for us to figure out for ourselves how we should live given the conditions of the modern times we live in – we can gain and adapt more wisdom in our own generation to add to the ancestral wisdom.
This is a fairly good argument. However, the fact that every generation in the past still needed to gain wisdom, shows that it isn’t necessarily so that their ancient ideas and beliefs and ways of living were wise. Often, ancient ideas that today appear very unwise, took several generations for people to finally move past them, such as the religious fear of witches in the 19th Century in the United States (the Salem Witch Trials, for example). It seems to me that, just as with religious beliefs, we should incorporate traditions into our lives that make logical and practical sense to us, and not follow them just because our ethnic genetic ancestors practiced them. This brings us to the threshold of what I intend to discuss here: a new culture.
I understand that whatever culture I live by, will inevitably be passed on to my future children. I want to personally do my best to make sure that they inherit a good culture for them to live by, not one that they’ll HAVE to live by, but one they’ll have the option to live by, that will make life easier for them. Among other things, it will involve a language, a religion, a homeland, and worldly traditions. Let’s discuss the language, and the name of my culture now.
I’ve chosen the Arabic language, since I am a Muslim, and our Scripture and our religious practices are in Arabic. So I intend that Arabic will be my children’s first language. With Arabic being the first language, I’ve chosen to call my culture “Bani Adam,” which in Arabic means “Tribe of Adam.” I want my children to understand that as far as their genetic ethnic background goes, all humans belong to the original tribe of Adam and Eve. Therefore, although we are not to impose the Bani Adam culture on anyone, anyone is welcome to it. Since AlQur’an teaches us to give the orphans names that preserve their paternal heritage, and Adam is the paternal ancestor of all humans today, it is obvious that for spiritual reasons it is important to bear a name for all the people that preserves our paternal heritage in Adam. So if anyone asks my future children what their genetic ethnic heritage is, or anything of the sort – “What are you?” “What’s your race?” “Where are you from?” et cetera – they can simply say “We are Bani Adam,” meaning, “We are children of Adam.” But in our culture, the Bani Adam culture, there will be secondary languages, which will be the sacred languages of the world, as well as Latin. This is so that the ancient texts of wisdom and knowledge from the past can be read and understood directly from their original languages. On top of that, we speak English.
I intend to provide my future children, and any other people who wish to join the culture, with a basic skeletal structure for Bani Adam culture. First of all, I want to start with something simple: A traditional system of nomenclature. The use of Latin will be important for this. Nomenclature is a system in which names are structured. Different cultures have different forms of nomenclature. For example, in America, general American nomenclature is simple; a full name consists of a first name, the person’s personal name, followed by a middle name, and finished with the family name. In Arabia, names are long, and include a personal and surname, the person’s father’s name, a place-name, a clan and/or tribe name, et cetera. I’ve designed a nomenclature that clarifies who an individual is and where they are from, using Latin terms to refer to each type of name:
- Nomen Persona (the personal name): This is the personal name given to the individual by the people who raised them. This name has two forms. The first is the Nomen Ante Opus (“Name Before Duty”). The second is the Nomen Opus (“Career Name”). When someone grows up and gets a career, or a facsimile thereof, they become publically known by their career name, so that they are known for what they do.
- Nomen Virtus (the virtue name): This is the second name, following the Nomen Persona. It is a name earned by virtuous behavior. When an individual of the Bani Adam culture becomes an adult, they are encouraged to find something heroic, honorable, or virtuous to do, for their own good. Once they do, they are given a Nomen Virtus that reflects what it was they did.
- Nomen Familia (the family name): This is the name of your family. It is the name of the land your family lives in.
- Nomen Pater (the name of your father).
- Nomen Adam (Name of Adam). This is the tribal name “Bani Adam.” This name is attached to the end of every person’s name, except dishonorable people; it is removed from them, along with their Nomen Virtus.
An example of a Bani Adam name, in Arabic, is as follows:
Annadheer Almuttarqah AlAmrikih Bin-Ttalibi min Bani Adam. This is the word-for-word meaning: The Nazirite, The Smasher (my personal virtue; I was known for my fierce warrior nature, so they called me “The Smasher”), America (or rather, “The American”), Son of Talib of the Tribe of Adam.
Ttawbib Alkhairi AlAmrikih Bin-Jhaimsi min Bani Adam, meaning “Doctor, The Charitable, America, Son of James of the Tribe of Adam.”
Latin Bani Adam name:
Proximodeus Fortis America Billianus de Bani Adam, meaning “Close to GOD (pre-career name), Strong, America, Son of Billy of the Tribe of Adam.” I have to note, that in Roman times, there was no such word as “Billianus.” But if ancient Romans met someone named “Billy,” based upon how the Latin language works, they most likely would have called a son of Billy, “Billianus,” and a daughter of Billy, “Billiana.” This is proven by Latin names like “Julianus” which means “Son of Julius,” and “Juliana” which means “Daughter of Julius.” The name “Billy” would have been Latinized as “Billius” most likely.
Now, if I can start a community of families joining the Bani Adam culture, it will not be required that anyone abandon the names they already had. Those names might mean something to the people. But they will be expected to take up Bani Adam names, either in Latin or in Arabic, (either language works).
Now let us discuss Bani Adam spirituality. Our culture must embody an attitude of tolerance. The basic attitude must be: All humans are members of the same tribe of Adam, and all humans inherit the ancient spirituality that was the original culture of Adam and Eve, and their children. This ancient religion is preserved in all of today’s religions as the common core principles and beliefs that can be found in literally all ancient religions of the world. Therefore, ultimately, all religions are the same at heart. As the religion of Adam was simply submission to GOD, all people, of any religion, who submit themselves wholeheartedly to GOD, are practicing the same religion under a different name. Just as GOD has many names, so does GOD’s religion, and by “religion,” we simply mean a spiritually healthy way of life.
We believe in all of the Scriptures of GOD. We believe that it is important for individuals to personally study any and every religion and sacred text, and to use one’s own brain to think carefully about one’s beliefs. In believing in all Scriptures, we therefore believe that one must be free to interpret any Scripture for oneself. No one can tell you what you have to think a Scripture verse means.
Nature is sacred. Pollution will not be tolerated in Bani Adam culture. We do our best to live in accordance to what AlQur’an calls “Almizan,” “The Balance.” This is both the precise balance of the physical constants of our universe, which are finely tuned and which define the laws of physics of our universe, the total balance of nature, and the balance of every ecosystem on every planet in our universe. It is The Balance of Nature. In AlQur’an 55:7-9 it says, “Wassama ‘arafa’aha wa wad’a Almizan. A la tattaghaw fi Ilmizan. Wa aqimulwazna bilqistti wa la tukhsir Ulmizan,” which means “And he raised the heaven and established The Balance. Do not transgress The Balance. You shall establish justice; do not violate The Balance.” This applies both to The Balance of Nature all around us, throughout reality, and within ourselves and our bodies. Therefore, just as we strive not to pollute or destroy the environment around us, we also strive not to pollute or destroy the environments within ourselves and our bodies.
In order to avoid destroying The Balance within our bodies, Bani Adam culture will have traditional dietary guidelines. They will be:
- Do not eat cooked food, unless you are eating a healthy food that has to be cooked to be eaten, such as meat.
- Do not eat processed food.
- Do not eat inorganic food.
- Do not eat pig meat.
- Do not consume running blood.
- Do not consume carrion.
- Do not consume food or drink that has been dedicated to idols.
- Do not consume what makes you sick.
- Eat fresh, raw foods.
- Eat cooked meats.
- Eat organic foods.
- Eat probiotic foods.
This should suffice as a basic skeletal structure for the culture and lifestyle of Bani Adam. I really hope for a whole Bani Adam community to be created, maybe in my lifetime, and maybe after. GOD knows. Either way, if I have children, this is how I hope to raise them. All other details of the culture are left for the people to decide.
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