Profanation is the act of saying or doing something terribly offensive or blasphemous. Swearing in a mosque would definitely be considered profanation by your deeply religious family.

When someone violates anything that's considered to be sacred, that's profanation — it's no wonder that you'll most often find this word in a religious context. Disrespecting someone's deeply held religious beliefs is one kind of profanation. Littering at a holy site is another. The words profanation, profanity, and profane all come from the Latin root profanus, "unholy."

Definitions of profanation
  1. noun
    blasphemous behavior; the act of depriving something of its sacred character
    synonyms: blasphemy, desecration, sacrilege
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    type of:
    irreverence, violation
    a disrespectful act
  2. noun
    degradation of something worthy of respect; cheapening
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    type of:
    debasement, degradation
    a change to a lower state (a less respected state)
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