Definition of Muslim in English:

Muslim

(also Moslem)

Pronunciation /ˈmʊzlɪm/ /ˈmʊslɪm/ /ˈmʌzlɪm/

noun

  • A follower of the religion of Islam.

    • ‘For example, Muslims are proud that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the West.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, he wished to see all Muslims use Arabic as their language of everyday life.’
    • ‘The city, in southern Iraq, is the site of shrines which are sacred to Shia Muslims.’
    • ‘The Koran presumably remains for Muslims more like a fixed map of how the world should be.’
    • ‘For the approximately 30 days of Ramadan, Moslems are expected to fast from dawn to sunset.’
    • ‘To me it shows what little knowledge they have of Islam and how out of touch with Muslims they are.’
    • ‘Although a devout Sikh, he took part in religious acts with Muslims and Hindus as well.’
    • ‘Many are Moslems but have little understanding of their religion.’

adjective

  • Relating to Muslims or their religion.

    • ‘The Muslim family is the miniature of the whole of Muslim society and its firm basis.’
    • ‘As the word sunna suggests, some Muslim people believe it is religiously ordained.’
    • ‘There are all sorts of items of dress which are worn by Muslim women, and these vary all over the world.’
    • ‘The position of Muslim organisations and mosques has been consistent for years.’
    • ‘There is a sense of Islamic solidarity among all Muslim nations but there are also disputes.’
    • ‘Religions are represented in the architecture of Christian cathedrals, Hindu temples, and Moslem mosques.’
    • ‘They were trying to force the elected French government to lift its ban on Muslim veils in state schools.’
    • ‘Most of their victims are Muslim Arabs whose final words were never recorded.’
    • ‘More than in any other Muslim country, women have leapt into the modern world.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Their objective is Muslim countries' resources and one way or the other they are going to get them.’
    • ‘One of the obstacles here is the lack of true dialogue in Muslim communities.’
    • ‘He has been barred from many Muslim countries for his advocacy of democracy and human rights.’
    • ‘Andalusia was then the name applied to the region remaining under Muslim rule.’

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

/ˈmʊzlɪm/ /ˈmʊslɪm/ /ˈmʌzlɪm/