do some people spell the word ‘Muslim’ as ‘Moslem’. Is it true that ‘Moslem’
is an offensive word, derived from Zulm? Many Muslim speakers take
an offence to this word. Is this reaction justified?
depends on the intention of the speaker. If this is a mere matter of pronouncing
the Arabic word ‘Muslim’ in the typical English accent, then this cannot
be objected to (which seems to be the case to me). If it is derived from
Zulm, then Muzlim (the correct grammatical version of the
word pronounced as Moslem) means a person who is oppressive, which of course
I think that Muslims are being over sensitive in this
regard. The Hartford Seminary in Connecticut, USA has been publishing a
journal ‘The Moslem World’ since the beginning of this century and none
of the Muslims of yester years ever objected to the title. In my opinion,
they thought that this was a difference of accent merely and had nothing
to do with the word Zulm.