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  • Zulfiqar Ali
    Assala-o-aliekum, Many of us think Mosque is the English translation of Masjid. It is not. Ever wondered how the word Mosque came into being when it does not
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 30, 2005
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      Assala-o-aliekum,

      Many of us think Mosque is the English translation of Masjid. It is not.
      Ever wondered how the word Mosque came into being when it does not sound anywhere close to Masjid to be an adaptation?
      Masjid comes from the word Sajda.
      Mosque is a distortion of the Spanish word 'mosquito' which is used as such in English with the same meaning - the insect mosquito.
      The Masjid came to be termed Mosque because King Ferdinand of Spain boasted that Muslims in Spain would be killed "like mosquitoes".
      The places where the Muslims would gather in large numbers were the Masjids and that is where it was most convenient to attack and murder them.
      To the Spaniards, taking their lead from their king, attacking congregations of Muslims in Masjids was indeed like swatting mosquitoes hence the term Mosque - a kind of abbreviation for the place where (Muslim) mosquitoes were best 'swatted' in largest numbers. And with mosquito, mosque was gradually absorbed into English as well.
      Mosque thus came to be widely used and accepted as the influence of the Muslims waned and English spread across the world.
      Please circulate this as widely as possible.

      Open for discussion: http://www.nashabuzz.com/forum/showthread.php?t=90

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