Definition of Muslim in English:


(also Moslem)

Pronunciation /ˈmʌzlɪm//ˈmʊslɪm//ˈmʊzlɪm/


  • A follower of the religion of Islam.

    • ‘Although a devout Sikh, he took part in religious acts with Muslims and Hindus as well.’
    • ‘An Islam without Muslims then becomes a museum piece rather than a living faith.’
    • ‘This flavor of Islam is generally considered heretical by mainstream Moslems.’
    • ‘Thus there has been much killing of Sunni and Shia Moslems by each other.’
    • ‘The city, in southern Iraq, is the site of shrines which are sacred to Shia Muslims.’
    • ‘It is the British equivalent of Shia Muslims flagellating their backs with chains.’
    • ‘The Islamic Shariat says Muslims should not live in the land of the infidel for long.’
    • ‘To me it shows what little knowledge they have of Islam and how out of touch with Muslims they are.’
    • ‘There was nothing in the film which criticised Muslims as a community or Islam as a religion.’
    • ‘Indeed, he wished to see all Muslims use Arabic as their language of everyday life.’
    • ‘For the approximately 30 days of Ramadan, Moslems are expected to fast from dawn to sunset.’
    • ‘Islam requires that all Moslems do what they can to defend Islamic lands when under attack from non-Moslems.’
    • ‘The Koran presumably remains for Muslims more like a fixed map of how the world should be.’
    • ‘For example, Muslims are proud that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the West.’
    • ‘Shia know that many Sunni clerics in Saudi Arabia regularly preach that Shia Moslems are heretics.’
    • ‘This is an area that has a long history of religious violence between Muslims and Christians.’
    • ‘It's an export that no one wants, and the Sunni Moslems will actively resist.’
    • ‘We hear a lot about problems between Sunni and Shia Muslims but this is a lie.’
    • ‘Many are Moslems but have little understanding of their religion.’
    • ‘Normally the Sunni and Shia Moslems do not get along very well.’


  • Relating to Muslims or their religion.

    • ‘The position of Muslim organisations and mosques has been consistent for years.’
    • ‘Andalusia was then the name applied to the region remaining under Muslim rule.’
    • ‘I had to play a young woman who had all the grace and softness that Muslim girls have.’
    • ‘Some newspapers had even gone so far as to say that the meeting was to garner Muslim votes.’
    • ‘The Muslim family is the miniature of the whole of Muslim society and its firm basis.’
    • ‘More than a third of Muslim children live in households where no adults work.’
    • ‘It claimed to represent the grievances and demands of the entire Indian Muslim community.’
    • ‘It is standard Muslim doctrine that one verse of the Koran can abrogate another.’
    • ‘There is a sense of Islamic solidarity among all Muslim nations but there are also disputes.’
    • ‘More than in any other Muslim country, women have leapt into the modern world.’
    • ‘There are all sorts of items of dress which are worn by Muslim women, and these vary all over the world.’
    • ‘Religions are represented in the architecture of Christian cathedrals, Hindu temples, and Moslem mosques.’
    • ‘One of the obstacles here is the lack of true dialogue in Muslim communities.’
    • ‘They were trying to force the elected French government to lift its ban on Muslim veils in state schools.’
    • ‘As a consequence, art in India became very much more decorative and Moslem mosques became more important than Hindu temples.’
    • ‘Most of their victims, though, are Muslim Arabs whose final words were never recorded.’
    • ‘Their objective is Muslim countries' resources and one way or the other they are going to get them.’
    • ‘Earlier this year he demanded that Muslim women bare their heads in photos for their identity cards.’
    • ‘As the word sunna suggests, some Muslim people believe it is religiously ordained.’
    • ‘He has also been barred from many Muslim countries for his advocacy of democracy and human rights.’


Muslim is the preferred spelling for ‘a follower of Islam’, although the form Moslem is also used. The archaic term Muhammadan (or Mohammedan) is not favoured by Muslims and should be avoided


Early 17th century: from Arabic, active participle of 'aslama (see Islam).