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Difference between MASJID and MOSQUE

By DiwaniSiLadki
 

Assalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu



A brother wrote this message advising .........

Difference between MASJID and MOSQUE



Please read this and pass it on to as many people as you can.

It contains vital and important information.



Muslims should now refrain from using the term "Mosque".

I was flipping through this book the other day called:



"THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING ISLAM"



(They call themselves idiots) and it is filled with fun facts.

One of them concerns the word Mosque."



We will be totally wrong to assume that the word "Mosque"

is the English translation of the word "Masjid".



I am sure none of us ever wondered how this term came into being when

it really had little in common with how it sounded compared to 'Masjid'.



(We were very young when we were taught this English word.

Our minds then were not critical nor analytical, so we didn't dare

to ask or challenge our teachers. Right?)



Anyway this book pointed out that the term 'mosque' is derived from the

Spanish word for "mosquito." It was termed as such because during the

Crusades, King Ferdinand said they were going to go and swat the Muslims

like mosquitoes".



(Where else can they find Muslims in large number to be swatted if

not in a Masjid?). So, they cheekily termed "Masjid" as "Mosque".



So, my dear Muslim brothers and sisters, refrain from using this word, which is

obviously a disgusting slap in the face to the Ummah. Let us Educate our brothers

and sisters to the history and etymology of this word.



And let us replace it with the word, which is MEANT to be used: Masjid!

The Place of Prostration!! Not Mosque: the place to be swatted!



Was Salamualaykum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuhu.

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Assalaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullaahi wa Barakaatuhu



Dear Brothers and Sisters,



This Mosque/Mosquito story is a misconception which has been circulating for the past 3-4 years mostly by well-meaning Muslims and posted by Islamic websites. In shaa'Allaah after reading the following three (3) articles below, please remember not to forward this untruth should you ever receive it. If you happen to receive the same, then share the three (3) articles with the senders. It just reflects badly on our understanding of our own Islamic terminology which may open Muslims to ridicule. It's baffling why the author Yahiya A. Emerick would include this misconception in his book ?The Complete Idiot?s Guide to Understanding Islam.? A spoof ... a gimmick - at the expense of Islam - surely not? I'd like him to be given the benefit of the doubt that he was sincerely unaware when he quoted it in his book. If so, then it begs the question, who are the originators of this misconception? Bears giving this some thought, don't you think? In shaa'Allaah, through our joint efforts, this ridiculous misconception will be made known to everyone and eventually find itself classified in the truthorfiction.com and urbanlegends.com websites under the category: fiction/hoax! And Allaah Subhaanahu wa Ta'aala knows best.





Fi Amman Allaah

 
   Comments: 2     Raters: 2     March 5, 2005 at 12:58am         
 

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MysterAsif (March 7, 2005 at 1:38am)
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Taj786 (March 6, 2005 at 1:40pm)
SubhaanAllah, Kya kehnay Erum ji kay, a five riffle salute to the great brains. Yeah mashallah that was a vital piece of infor that was brought forward in yet another episode of Erum's journals, a hearty thanx to her. Btw Erum, i sure would like to borrow that book...how about just list all the articles of the book each day one by one. Sure you would be rewarded by soo much of Sawab. Newayz hope you keep writing and enlightening our mind and soul. JazaakAllah-u-Khair, Pe@ce.