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Naamoos

The Mosquito:
 
بعوض ba’oodh/بعوضة ba’oodhah
ناموس naamoos/ناموسة naamoosah (colloquial i.e informal)
 
I’ve always referred to the mosquito as ba’oodh despite being politely corrected each and every time by locals. I’d smile, accept the “correction” and continue on with whatever I had to say.
 
My daughter complained of a mosquito bite once during a visit with an old hadeeth teacher of mine. She asked me what the matter was. I told her that Su’aad had been bitten by a “naamoos” on the back of her neck. She said that it was better to call it “ba’oodh” and mentioned a portion of the hadeeth regarding the commencement of revelation:

 
فقال له ورقة يا بن أخي ماذا ترى فأخبره رسول الله خبر ما رأى فقال له ورقة هذا الناموس الذي نزل الله على موسى
 

“…Waraqah said (asked), “O my nephew! What have you seen?” Allaah’s Messenger described whatever he had seen. Waraqah said, “This is the same one who keeps the secrets (An Naamoos i.e  Jibraa-eel) whom Allaah had sent to Moosaa…” – Al Hadeeth 
 
{Saheehul Bukhaari – The Book of Revelation/#3 on the authority of ‘Aaishah radhiyallaahu ‘anhaa.}

 
نمس – Namasa (nams):

  • to keep secret, to hide, to conceal (something)
  • to confide a secret, to confide in (someone)
  • to let (someone) in on a secret
  • to make (someone) one’s confidant, etc…

ناموس Naamoos (sing.) نواميس Nawaamees (pl.)

  • sly
  • cunning
  • wily
  • confidant

Aaishah reported that Haarith bin Hishaam asked Allaah’s Messenger: How does the revelation come to you? He said: At times it comes to me like the ringing of a bell and that is most severe for me and when it is over I retain that (what I had received in the form of wahiy), and at times an Angel in the form of a human being comes to me (and speaks) and I retain whatever he says.
 
{Saheeh Muslim}


 
وحى – Wahaa – يحي Yahee

  • to inspire
  • to reveal

 وحي – Wahiy

  • inspiration
  • revelation

To leave you with a quick natural remedy tidbit… Cajeput Oil works wonders on mosquito bites. It’s an antiseptic, counter-irritant, clears up redness/inflammation, and removes light scarring/bumps within a few hours. It’s a repellent as well with somewhat of a pungent odor. If applied in ample time before leaving the house the smell dissipates so as not to offend anyone. I’ve been using this oil for three or so years and highly recommend it. The effectiveness of this oil is nothing short of amazing.
 
*Please consult a doctor before using Cajeput Oil especially if you’re pregnant, breast-feeding or planning to treat a child.
 
My teacher advice is just advice, not a fatwaa. Wallaahu Aa’lam.
 
Haneefah

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