Saturday, June 24, 2006
The holiest city for the Muslims is Makkah-tul-Mukarramah.
It is not "Mecca".
Saudi Arabia had officially changed the spelling of the name of this city to "Makkah" a few years ago after realizing the derogatory usage of the word by the Western media and Western authors.
The word MECCA means "Sharab Khaana/(whisky house)".
So let all of us careful when writing the word "MECCA".
It has been observed that most of us write "MOSQUE" for "Masjid" and even calling it as Mosque in daily routine.
What elders and teachers say that the word "MOSQUE" means
the house of mosquitoes.
So lets be careful, the next time instead of writing mosque, please write MASJID.
Many people, whose names start with MUHAMMAD/Mohamad/Mohammad, write in a short form as "Mohd". This "Mohd" means "A dog which has a big mouth".
The above advice is given by an arab brother, Dr. Mohamad Ismail, staying in Eygpt.