Definition of Muslim in English:


(also Moslem)

Pronunciation /ˈmʊslɪm//ˈmʌzlɪm//ˈmʊzlɪm/


  • A follower of the religion of Islam.

    • ‘Normally the Sunni and Shia Moslems do not get along very well.’
    • ‘It is the British equivalent of Shia Muslims flagellating their backs with chains.’
    • ‘It's an export that no one wants, and the Sunni Moslems will actively resist.’
    • ‘For example, Muslims are proud that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the West.’
    • ‘There was nothing in the film which criticised Muslims as a community or Islam as a religion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the approximately 30 days of Ramadan, Moslems are expected to fast from dawn to sunset.’
    • ‘The Islamic Shariat says Muslims should not live in the land of the infidel for long.’
    • ‘Islam requires that all Moslems do what they can to defend Islamic lands when under attack from non-Moslems.’
    • ‘To me it shows what little knowledge they have of Islam and how out of touch with Muslims they are.’
    • ‘Many are Moslems but have little understanding of their religion.’
    • ‘This is an area that has a long history of religious violence between Muslims and Christians.’
    • ‘The Koran presumably remains for Muslims more like a fixed map of how the world should be.’
    • ‘Indeed, he wished to see all Muslims use Arabic as their language of everyday life.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An Islam without Muslims then becomes a museum piece rather than a living faith.’


  • Relating to Muslims or their religion.

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


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).