Okay, now my head is spinning. In short the consensus is that the correct transliteration in English is MUHAMMAD right?
If we are to lobby for additional letters into any given alphabet, might as well just lobby to have the Arabic original admitted instead.
Aren't we blessed with differences? I mean, as one person rightly noted, some people just can't pronounce certain sounds - actually, we're all born with the ability to make all sorts of sounds but as we age, we lose the ability by not using it. So, for instance, you have some Arabs who can't pronounce the letter 'p' and Pakistan becomes Bakistan. But anyway, isn't there more than one valid pronunciation without changing the meaning of the word in Arabic as per our deen?
But anyway, isn't there more than one valid pronunciation without changing the meaning of the word in Arabic as per our deen?
Not in Arabic. It's the most delicate language with its vast vocabulary and detailed grammar. Meanings will change by wrong pronunciations. Spelling is another subject altogether where there is leeway due to how the same letters in different languages are pronounced. But where pronunciations are concerned, it's pivotal in Arabic that it is correct.
Oh, I was mistaken then. I thought there was more than one way of pronouncing the same words - without changing the Arabic, without affecting the meaning. I forget the term used for it - the differences in recitation of the Qur'an.
JazakAllah khayran, I actually read through the entire thread already brother Abu Muhammad.
But my confusion is: multiple pronunciations are accepted so why is this an issue if the pronunciation does not affect the meaning of the word and meets whatever criteria is in place to be recognized as one of the qiraat.
Clearly, in the example in that post, it would change the meaning but would it change the meaning to assassin if it was pronounced Alhamdu (instead of Alhamdo) using the soft 'h.' Or, is it based on the root word and has less to do with the 'o' and 'u'. If that's the case then we are making a HUGE mistake with this precious name regardless of pronunciation and many can't make the heavy 'h' sound. And, what would be considered a proper 'heavy' h if the person can't physically make the sound. Alhamdulillah, I am able to but a sister recently asked me how to and I may have misled her by suggesting there are different qiraat and to look into it with a teacher.
Rank Name Count
1 OLIVER 6,949
2 JACK 6,212
3 HARRY 5,888
4 JACOB 5,126
5 CHARLIE 5,039
6 THOMAS 4,591
7 OSCAR 4,511
8 WILLIAM 4,268
9 JAMES 4,236
10 GEORGE 4,202
11 ALFIE 4,138
12 JOSHUA 3,973
13 NOAH 3,830
14 ETHAN 3,572
15 MUHAMMAD 3,499
Including other spellings, total is 8426:
Rank Name Count
15 MUHAMMAD 3,499
23 MOHAMMED 2,887
57 MOHAMMAD 1,059
108 MUHAMMED 561
173 MOHAMED 327
1116 MOHAMAD 23
1294 MAHAMED 19
1706 MUHAMED 13
1920 MOHAMMOD 11
2954 MUHMMAD 6
3822 MAHAMMED 4
3822 MOHMMED 4
3822 MUHAMAD 4
4685 MOHAMMUD 3
4685 MOHMMAD 3
4685 MUHAMMUD 3
By News from Elsewhere...
..media reports from around the world, found by BBC Monitoring
29 August 2014
Mohammed is now the most common name for men in Norway's capital city Oslo, it appears.
"It is very exciting," Jorgen Ouren of Statistics Norway tells The Local news website. A recent count of the city's population showed more than 4,800 men and boys in the city are called Mohammed, beating out other popular names like Jan and Per. Although Mohammed - with various spellings - has been the favourite name for baby boys in Oslo for the past four years, this is the first time it has also topped the men's list.
And it's not only in Norway that the name is gaining ground. The UK's Office for National Statistics says Mohammed was the most common name parents gave to baby boys in England and Wales in 2013.
Norwegian Muslims made up around 150,000 of Norway's 4.5 million people in 2012, the website On Islam says, mainly from Pakistani, Somali, Iraqi and Moroccan backgrounds. But Norway also has Europe's largest anti-Islam organisation, called Stop Islamization of Norway. It was set up in 2008 and is thought to have more than 3,000 members.
Outside the Norwegian capital, Filip is the most popular name for newborn boys, while Emma is the favourite for girls.
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.
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