Plural مَشَاكِل


بروكسل تناشد دول الاتحاد الأوروبي معالجة مشكلة التطرف Brussels calls on EU member states to address the problem of extremism – BBC News, Arabic

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مُشْكِلَة is related to the word شَكْل a likeness, resemblance. It is from the 4th form of the related verb, أشْكَلَ to become confused, muddled, which is said of an affair, the idea being that one thing starts resembling something else, making it difficult to tell the two apart, and thus causing confusion. مُشْكِلَة therefore literally means something which resembles something else, thus making it difficult to tell it apart from the thing it resembles, and hence a problem!