Using The Title Mawlana For Religious Scholars

People in the Subcontinent use the title mawlana for the Muslim religious scholars. No other country has this convention. Have the religious scholars adopted for themselves the honorific title? Isn’t it not proper for them to do so as the word mawlana means “our protector, lord, master? To me this seems to be the most serious un-Islamic connotation of placing another with the Almighty.

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