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Aibu not to know the birthplace of the Prophet Mohammed?

(236 Posts)
Quodlibet Sat 25-Mar-17 13:39:40

Just that really. I was unaware until today.

milliemolliemou Sat 25-Mar-17 13:43:18

Depends. Do you know where the other religious leaders were born? It's interesting anyway, and well worth the effort to know. What made you aware? have you any conclusions?

UrethaFranklin Sat 25-Mar-17 13:44:27

I don't know either, should I?

DoingThisRight Sat 25-Mar-17 13:44:57

I don't know as well, why would you be unreasonable confused

MaidOfStars Sat 25-Mar-17 13:45:15

I don't know - where?

Lalunya85 Sat 25-Mar-17 13:47:45

I read it half an hour ago in a guardian article but have already forgotten it. Somewhere in Saudi Arabia, I think.

I do know the birth place of Jesus, even though I am not religious. I was brought up going to church, and every Christmas story and some Christmas songs mention Bethlehem.

Nothing wrong with knowing or not knowing either, in my opinion.

ginghambox Sat 25-Mar-17 13:48:08

I don't know either and to be honest I don't care.

muhajaba Sat 25-Mar-17 13:49:14

If you're Muslim then yes you should know, if not then I cant see that you would be unreasonable to be unaware, although I think its good to know about other religions. Did someone suggest you were unreasonable for not knowing that?

topcat2014 Sat 25-Mar-17 13:53:13

Personally, not being religious, I neither know nor care. Although, of course, anyone who follows the religion is perfectly welcome to know.

Gallavich Sat 25-Mar-17 13:53:50

Well the name of the place (Mecca) has entered common use to mean a place which is sought out or a pinnacle of something or other. (A Mecca for bargain hunters for example)
It's not unreasonable to not know where that expression comes from though, unless you are Muslim or well acquainted with Muslim people why would you?

gammaraystar Sat 25-Mar-17 13:54:06

YANBU. Religions are all just made up nonsense. None of this should be taught in schools. Kids should not be told about Jesus or Mohammed. I teach my kids that religion is the root cause of most wars and suffering, and that all religions are equally riduclous. Then we teach scientific fact.

noeffingidea Sat 25-Mar-17 13:54:28

I guessed. It makes sense when you think about it though.

SetPhasersTaeMalkie Sat 25-Mar-17 13:55:19

It's on the news every year at the time of the hajj. Certain I've seen quite a bit about it as huge numbers make a pilgrimage there every year.

It's not unreasonable not to know though.

FelineJustFine Sat 25-Mar-17 13:56:26

No me neither. I had to Google it. I also learned today that Muhammad was a grown man when he married a 6 year old child.

Good times.

ChocolateFuzz Sat 25-Mar-17 13:58:39

I'd be a little concerned at your lack of common knowledge of I were you, but it isn't a hugely important fact

Lochan Sat 25-Mar-17 14:00:29

Whether you are unreasonable not to know I can't say.

I would certainly be extremely surprised if anyone I knew didn't know about Mecca. It would indicate to me that you didn't watch/read/listen to the news or have much knowledge of the world.

You may be fine with that of course.

harderandharder2breathe Sat 25-Mar-17 14:10:37

I've heard of Mecca and the hajj pilgrimage, I just didn't realise it was the birthplace of Mohammed.

I'm not Muslim, nor any other religion.

Unless you've been claiming to be an expert on Islam yanbu not to know.

megletthesecond Sat 25-Mar-17 14:13:59

I knew. But it's just one of those things I remember from secondary RE.

alltouchedout Sat 25-Mar-17 14:14:05

Oh is mecca where he was born? I thought it was where he was buried.
YANBU, OP. People can place as much importance on religion as they wish, but they really don't get to insist that others should deem it important enough that not knowing the birthplace of someone important in a religion is a major failing.

Tigerlovingall Sat 25-Mar-17 14:15:20


And I know that Christ was born in Bethlehem cos of the hark the herald angels song .

And that's about it.

Disclaimer - might be wrong on either or both counts.
Matters little to me, cept in pub quizzes when beer is at stakegrin

Gallavich Sat 25-Mar-17 14:22:14

Buddha was born in India! Under a tree?

yellow6 Sat 25-Mar-17 14:26:24

Oh is mecca where he was born? I thought it was where he was buried. he was burried there as well

MaidOfStars Sat 25-Mar-17 14:28:53

I know about Mecca and happily chat with Muslim colleagues about their pilgrimages etc. I didn't know it was his birthplace though.

I guess, with a gun to my head and a demand for an answer, it's the place I'd have come up with (for lack of any other option).

FelineJustFine Sat 25-Mar-17 14:29:50

Not joking now. I really didn't know about Mecca, and its relevance. But reading about Islam and their profit Muhammad 3 wife's, with the last being a 6 year old child is shocking

walruswhiskers Sat 25-Mar-17 14:32:58

Hang on with your condemnation. I'm no fan of Islam in many ways but the 6 yo wife... Richard II married a 7yo - Isabella of France. That was almost a millennium later. These child brides were often for dynastic reasons and weren't consummated for many years.

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