Definition of Muslim in English:

Muslim

(also Moslem)

Pronunciation /ˈmʌzlɪm//ˈmʊzlɪm//ˈmʊslɪm/

noun

  • A follower of the religion of Islam.

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

adjective

  • Relating to Muslims or their religion.

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

Usage

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

Origin

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

Pronunciation

Muslim

/ˈmʌzlɪm//ˈmʊzlɪm//ˈmʊslɪm/