"If Muhammad Won't Go To The Mountain Then The Mountain Will Come To Muhammad"

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David Amicus

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Apr 19, 2016, 12:40:02 AM4/19/16
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Do Muslims find that phrase offensive? I was watching a tv show tonight where it was used. I was surprised. It doesn't right to me.

Yusuf B Gursey

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Apr 21, 2016, 8:10:04 AM4/21/16
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On Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 7:40:02 AM UTC+3, David Amicus wrote:
> Do Muslims find that phrase offensive? I was watching a tv show tonight =
where it was used. I was surprised. It doesn't right to me.

The origin is a Turkish phrase without reference to Muhammad,
"Muhammad" seems to have been inserted by Francis Bacon
or someone he had contact with:=20

https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/if_the_mountain_won%27t_come_to_Muhammad

Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from =
the top of it offer up his prayers, for the observers of his law. The peopl=
e assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again; and w=
hen the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, If the hil=
l will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.


The original phrase is

"Dag^ sana gelmezse, sen dag^a gideceksin..." ("If the mountain won't come=
to you, you must go to the mountain)."

Alternatively:

Dag^ yu"ru"mezse_abdal yu"ru"r

If the mountain does not walk (or move)
the fool (the word used is originally a Sufi
title or a member of a nomadic tribe) walks
(or moves).


One can see how "Muhammad" was inserted given
the Turkish origin. The version with Muhammad
reflects the general Western prejudice of=20
Muhammad or Muslims as stupid and superstitious.

David Amicus

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Apr 21, 2016, 5:00:03 PM4/21/16
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Thanks Yusuf!

I wonder if there might be a connection to the Bible story?

http://biblehub.com/matthew/17-20.htm

Yusuf B Gursey

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Apr 21, 2016, 6:10:02 PM4/21/16
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Quite possibly. Possibly someone (a European) heard of the
Turkish proverb (there was plenty of trade), this lead
to its being tied with Muhammad and a demonstration of his
lack of faith by reference to the NT.

BTW allusion to the weight of a mustard seed (without reference
to moving mountains) appears twice in the Qur'an: Al-Anbiya (The
Prophets) 21:47 and Luqman 31:16

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