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|English term or phrase: Md. NAME SURNAME|
Do you know if "Md. NAME SURNAME" can be understood as "Mr. NAME SURNAME" or does it have a specific meaning?
I found it several times on a certificate (this is to certify that late Md NAME SURNAME... his son is Md. NAME SURNAME... and so forth).
I realised that it is commonly used in Bangladesh but it does not refer to Managing Directors!
|Md. stands for Muhammad or Mohammed|
Md. stands for Muhammad or Mohammed. Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims (male) use Md., the shorter form of Muhammad, before their names. This is not a title like 'Mr.' nor is a first name as western people understand. Although Md. is part of one's name, people never call anyone by this name. For example, Md. Ahmed will be known as Ahmed, and his son, e.g. Md. Ali, known as Ali.[As Nesrin mentioned] When used before names, it is generally abbreviated but always pronounced as Muhammad or Mohammed. Some people abbreviate it as Mohd.
Md. is a way to identify oneself as Muslim by associating him with the name of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him). Originally, Muslims of this region started using Muhammad with their names sometime in the late 19th century or early 20th century probably as a way of distinction from Hindus who used to use/and still use 'Shree' (an honorific title) before their names as a way of respect.
Because of so many misconception and 'hassles' with the word Md. when Bangladeshis go abroad, even to the Muslim countries, more and more people stopped using Md. before their names. Newborns' names nowadays generally do not include Md. Even schools here discourage students to use Md. with their names during the name registration because of confusion when dealing with foreign countries.
Putting Md. or Muhammad before one's name is not Islamic tradition as you may notice that Muslims of other countries, including the Arab ones, do not use such word. Actually, Muhammad itself is popular name here in Bangladesh and also in other Muslim countries, and when one's name is Muhammad, it is never abbreviated as Md.
It may be mentioned that some Muslim women use Most. or Mosammat just like men use Md., although it is not as common or wide as Md.
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|I wish I could split points. However, this post shed a lot of light on Bengali naming practices, which is what I needed. Thank you.|
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