I WOULD like to draw the attention of the people to the universal misuse of the word ‘maulana’. The word means ‘my master’ or ‘my sardar’.

How has the word acquired the meaning ‘a scholar of Islam’. A scholar is worthy of adoration, respect and veneration. Political consequences of popular misunderstanding are right before our eyes.

Can we all please pause and think when exactly we want to use this word? Remember, words influence our behaviour.

MIAN AMIN Karachi

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Mussa achakzai
August 25, 2013 8:36 am

They are the production of Gen Zial ul haq factory

Nizamuddin Ali Ahmad
August 25, 2013 9:08 am

Maulana and Alim is the most abused word in India and Pakistan. Also in Trinidad/ Tobago and Figi. understandably, because they are British Raj time Indian migrants. People shpould use the word Imam instead. The imams who are have no religious training or fromal traing usedbthis word as a crutch to gain acceptibility in the society. I have senn extreme abuse of influencei

sarfaraz
August 25, 2013 9:47 am

Also the word "shaheed". According to the holy book, only those who fight and die in the cause of Islam are supposed to be "shaheed". Here in Pakistan, we see an army of "Shaheeds" even if died while committing crimes and sorts.

uzeir
August 25, 2013 1:10 pm

Please suggest an alternative term to 'maulana'. Words morph to acquire alterrnative meanings over the years depending on their popular usage. Why not leave 'maula' to refer to 'master/sardar' and 'maulana' to refer to a person well read on islam.

Akram
August 25, 2013 2:18 pm

That's very interesting and to be honest it explains a lot about where we have gone wrong.

silah
August 25, 2013 7:52 pm

thnx for making our attention towards it.but u should mention instead of maulana what word we should use.

M. Siddique
August 25, 2013 8:11 pm

Well said.

nina
August 26, 2013 2:58 am

word Maulana has so much exploit by some fake(so called)''Scholars'' of our country..nd we call Mullaaa to those who are real Alim nd Maulana..unfair,is'nt???

fida sayani
August 26, 2013 4:34 am

Mian Amin has correctly called the meaning of Maulana. Maulana or Master applies only to Almighty God. Using Maulana in front of the name of individual like Maulana Maudodi is a Blasphemy.

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