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The Baha'i salute their best player
2007-07-03 14:00
by Bob Timmermann, the official website of the Baha'i faith, profiles one of its most famous adherents, Padres shortstop Khalil Greene, aka Mr. Greene.

Mr. Greene is a member of the Baha'i Faith, which, as he has stated in previous interviews, has helped him in his baseball career. An intriguing statement, considering that it is widely believed in professional sports, especially among the "old school," that "getting religion" hampers a player's career, makes him less hungry to achieve and takes away his killer instinct.

Mr. Greene might beg to differ. He notes that "work done in the spirit of service is considered worship in the Baha'i Faith, and therefore it is not a separate area of my life."

Like other members of the Baha'i Faith, he studies the Baha'i Scriptures, known simply as the Writings, and prays every morning and evening, even during a game. And not the "Please God, just this once, I'll never ask for another thing again" variety. Rather it's to keep balance and not get too excited when things are going well or downcast when they're not.

FAQs about the Baha'i faith.

There has not been an article in L'Osservatore Romano yet about Jeff Suppan. But that paper doesn't have a good search engine.


2007-07-03 14:44:49
1.   Eric Enders
Do you by any chance know what the name Khalil means?
2007-07-03 15:09:13
2.   mehmattski
Looks like Khalil embraces the power of regression to the mean. Which for him is .267/.334/.469, according to PECOTA. Hope that works out, given his 2007 stats...
2007-07-03 15:26:38
3.   Bob Timmermann
Khalil means "friend" I believe.
2007-07-03 15:51:22
4.   Eric Enders
So Vin Scully has been lying to me lo these many years? Grrr.

My post was actually a joke, based on the fact that Vin has repeated at least 1,356,987 times that Khalil means "gift of god."

2007-07-03 18:35:46
5.   Bob Timmermann
Every friend is a gift from God.
2007-07-05 11:34:29
6.   Geza
I am the author of that article. Khalil means "friend of God" in Arabic, and Greene's middle name Thabit means "steadfast". I do not know why his parents chose those names, other than that the Baha'i Writings (Scriptures)are originally in Arabic and Persian. Baha'is often name the children after illustrious figures from the early days of the Faith, such as Tahirih (pure) or Quddus (holy), or Nabil. No famous early Baha'i was named Khalil, so I'm guessing the name was chosen for its meaning. Of course you would know the Lebanese poet Khalil Gibran.
2007-07-05 16:11:07
7.   Bob Timmermann
Thanks for the information. After I read the article, I noticed that part of the freeway near me is sponsored for cleanup by a local Baha'i group as well.

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