Do Muslims find that phrase offensive? I was watching a tv show tonight =
where it was used. I was surprised. It doesn't right to me.
The origin is a Turkish phrase without reference to Muhammad,
"Muhammad" seems to have been inserted by Francis Bacon
or someone he had contact with:=20
Mahomet made the people believe that he would call a hill to him, and from =
the top of it offer up his prayers, for the observers of his law. The peopl=
e assembled; Mahomet called the hill to come to him, again and again; and w=
hen the hill stood still, he was never a whit abashed, but said, If the hil=
l will not come to Mahomet, Mahomet will go to the hill.
The original phrase is
"Dag^ sana gelmezse, sen dag^a gideceksin..." ("If the mountain won't come=
to you, you must go to the mountain)."
Dag^ yu"ru"mezse_abdal yu"ru"r
If the mountain does not walk (or move)
the fool (the word used is originally a Sufi
title or a member of a nomadic tribe) walks
One can see how "Muhammad" was inserted given
the Turkish origin. The version with Muhammad
reflects the general Western prejudice of=20
Muhammad or Muslims as stupid and superstitious.