For those wondering, the name Raqim (pronounced Rah-Kim) means "writer" in Arabic. The origin is actually mysterious and the name is referenced only once in the Quran, which referred to the Al-Raqim Cave of the Seven Sleepers in Jordan.
A blogger wrote this back in 2009 (sorry, I can't find the link to his blog...I just lifted this quote and saved it in an MS Word file, so shout-out to that person):
"Most said it refers to a book or inscription on which their story was written down after their death and placed in the cave [...] The name of Petra itself is Greek for 'rock'. Judging from their own inscriptions, the Nabateans themselves called their capital Reqem, meaning 'of varied colours' - apparently in reference to the varied colours and shades of the sandstone cliffs which formed the narrow confines of the city.
- Salibi, Kamal. The Modern History of Jordan.
Perhaps they were inhabitants of Petra and escaped from it? Maybe the Raqeem is Reqem. Petra."
Whether it means "writer," "poet" (as defined by the website Harris and I found the night I looked for my new name) or "varied colors," I think it's a nice name and I share it with Rakim the legendary rapper and A$AP Rocky's real name, haha. Also, the name was chosen at random and it just so happened to mean "writer," so Harris and I had a WTF moment, thinking it was destiny to carry that name.
Photo taken in 2006, back when I was skinnier and handsome LOL. I'm laughing but also crying on the inside.