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Is Using Words Like ‘Mister’ or ‘Sir’ Shirk in Islam?

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Q: In Dutch language the title prenoun for a man is: ”meneer” which is derrived from ”mijnheer”. The english word for this is: mister, sir, literally ”mijn heer” means ”my lord”. Is using such words shirk?


A: No. The word lord is used for several meanings, sometimes for people and sometimes for Allah Ta`ala.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.

Answered by:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)

This answer was collected from MuftiOnline.co.za, where the questions have been answered by Mufti Zakaria Makada (Hafizahullah), who is currently a senior lecturer in the science of Hadith and Fiqh at Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa.

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