Monday, July 03, 2006

Whats Up With The "Al-"?

Hahahahahahaha... this is fucking hilarious!

"Now he's part of al-Qaida in Iraq, which used to be run by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, until he died and Abu Hamza al-Muhajer took over. What's the deal with this "al-" prefix?

It's the definite article in Arabic—the equivalent of "the" in English. Surnames that begin with "al" often refer to the place where someone's ancestors were born. Saddam Hussein, for example, used to be called by his family name, "al-Tikriti." Since "al-" serves as the definite article, the name "Saddam al-Tikriti" means "Saddam, the guy from Tikrit."


This is a REAL article I found on MSN explaining to people why "Abdul" and "Al-" shows up by the truckload in Arabic names. People have trouble introducing themselves as "Ahmed" or "Ali", well try fucking telling them your name is "AbdulAziz" =o)

Read The Rest Of The Article Here:
http://www.slate.com/id/2144707/?GT1=8391

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