Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Our World: The Use of "Haji"

When a Muslim man performs the required pilgrimage to Mecca at some point in his lifetime, he is allowed to refer to himself as "Haji," meaning that he has performed the Haj. Many businessmen like to use this title of honor before their names on their business establishments. When I Googled the term in preparation for this post, I was quite surprised and disappointed to learn, however, that the term "Haji" is now being used in a derogatory manner by US military personnel as a racial slur referring to Arabs.

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2 comments:

Jerry Mc Kenna said...

I don't think I have ever seen awnings like this at any US car repair place.

Susie of Arabia said...

Hi Jerry - Because of the extreme heat, many businesses (even malls) and homes here have these awnings for parking. And bit of shade will help!