QUOTE(Armenak @ May 25 2007, 12:26 AM)
I was going to bring them up. The Indonesian word for "world" is dunia.
Well, I think that the linguistic issue (in terms of daily usage and not prayer) is a bit separate from religion except in places where Arabic has become the "native" language of the population following conquests (in North Africa for example, where there are significant Berber populations that speak tamazight)... I mean, there are many words that are kind of similar across many languages. For example, Sugar
Arabic: (sukkar) سكّر
Hebrew: סכר (sukar)
I'm no linguist, so I don't know which came from which. But clearly there are words that are the same or similar, and this has nothing to do with religion. Though I will give you the "dunia" example.
I think you are talking about words that have to do with religious/spiritual/philosophical matters. Because otherwise, I think Islam is compatible with day-to-day usage of a language other than Arabic (non-Muslim Armenians in Lebanon incorporate Arabic words in their language, too).
If you're thinking about it, I guess you should go for it. Though personally, I would convert to the Maronite or Coptic churches before considering Islam.
I'm not "thinking" about it.
It's good to know that people are (somewhat -- pending further replies....) open-minded. There seems to be this animosity against Muslims amongst Armenians. It's understandable that there is the issue of Genocide and Turkey and also Azerbaijan but I think that should not be a hindrance to more tolerance. I think that Armenians are overprotective from Islam because they are afraid it will rob them of their roots and achieve what was not achieved through genocide... I understand (my great-grandparents survived the genocide). But I think that what was done and what is happening now at the hands of so-called Muslims, is not really what Islam is about.
Edited by Sassun, 24 May 2007 - 04:00 PM.