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Difference Between Islam and Muslim

Islam vs Muslim

Nearly one quarter of the world’s population follows the religion that was revealed to the Prophet Mohammed and subsequently transcribed into the Quran. Despite its number of faithful followers that have now settled across the globe, many Westerners don’t have a clear idea of what this religion entails. Subsequently, even incredibly fundamental questions, such as the difference between Islam and Muslim, arise as these same Westerners are beginning to explore their increasingly globalized world. Beyond linguistic distinctions, there are actually very few differences between Islam and Muslim.

Definition of Islam and Muslim

  • Islam : the meaning comes from the Arabic verbal noun (like a gerund) s-l-m. When appropriate vowel markers are added the word Islam appears. The etymology of s-l-m is to submit, accept, or surrender. From this comes Islam’s conventional definition of surrender to God.
  • Muslim : also has its roots in the s-l-m verb. It is a participle of the verb and refers to a person who engages in the act of submission, acceptance, or surrender. Therefore a Muslim is a person who submits to the will of God, or a follower of Islam.

Uses of Islam and Muslim

  • Islam  is generally used in conversation to denote the religion or community of believes as a whole. For instance: ‘The Islamic community in town will be celebrating Eid next week.’ It is also used when talking about the religion as a noun unto itself. For instance: ‘Islam is based on the sayings of the Prophet Mohammed that have been written down in the Quran.’
  • Muslim  is generally used in conversation to qualify or distinguish a person. For instance, ‘Remember the Muslim man who works at the bank?’ It can also be used as a simple description of one’s religious beliefs. For instance: ‘He is Christian but she is Muslim.’ Because Muslims are a minority community in many countries and most of the West, describing someone as Muslim may also reflect on their lifestyle and choice of dress in addition to their religious beliefs.

Misuses of Islam and Muslim

  • Islam : grammatically speaking, Islam should only refer to the religion or acts done in the name of that religion, never a person who practices that religion. Islamic community and Islamic art are correct, Islamic man is not.
  • Muslim  should be used to describe all people of the Islamic faith but not the faith itself. You may say that you are interested in the religion of Muslims, but never in the Muslim religion.

Summary:
1.Islam and Muslim are both words used to describe the religion revealed to the Prophet Mohammed.
2.Islam and Muslim both have the same origin in the Arabic verb s-l-m.
3.Islam is the act of submitting to the will of God whereas a Muslim is person who participates in the act of submission.
4.To be correctly used, Islam or Islamic should describe the religion and its subsequent cultural concepts whereas Muslim should only describe the followers of the religion of Islam.


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  1. Is it okay to call a community ‘Muslim?’ I read in your piece that it’s a word reserved for individuals, but since a community is made up of individuals, doesn’t that make saying, “Muslim community” okay?

    I’ve grown to hate the word, ‘Islamic,’ because of the way the ignorant racists are using it. Unless in the same paragraph as say, the ‘Christian Faith,’ I can’t see any reason to refer to Islam as, ‘the Islamic Faith.’ I prefer to call Islam, “Islam.”

    And btw, while we’re on racists’ corrupted use of the English language, wtf is an ‘Islamist?” Do we call Christians, “Christianists?”

    It’d be nice if you’d address that particular word.

    • Unfortunately it has come down to Islam being directly tied to fear of terrorism. I hear most “Islamic extremists”. I am not a Muslim, but I know truths about who and what terrorists are actually called, terrorists… That’s it. Its a religious propaganda war with Christianity and Islam, dumb sort of being that the concept of morality are so similar.

      • I would compare Islam and Christian extremist are similar in dedication they are not open to being reasonable. And I know if your religious you should be 100% or don’t basically be a hypocrite. But when the misuse of these religions to suppress or control their people or families is wrong. brain washing is easy to because most of these people looking for answers and are very committed to follow. And so its easy to accept denouncing other when they don’t agree with them.

    • “Islam and Islamism are very different. While the former is a religion, the latter is merely a political, “anti-” ideology that spews hatred.” That’s how the terms are supposed to be used.

      • Hi Cindy, I’d like to learn more about this. Do you have any links to get me on my way? Thanks.
        “Islam and Islamism are very different. While the former is a religion, the latter is merely a political, “anti-” ideology that spews hatred.” That’s how the terms are supposed to be used.

    • Fuck this shit. We do not have to address anything. What has become of the words wasn’t something dictated by anyone of the west – islam and muslims should address the fucking extremists in their faith, and maybe islamist would start having abnother meaning. You must take a fucking stand, or else the worlds stand will be against you. I am sick and tired of muslims asking for things to be addressed but they not doing anything about anything . Were are the muslim states in the refugee crisis? Were are the muslim states in the war against terrorism ? I’ll tell you were they are – they are fucking financing the IS , and not accepting any of the refugees ! YOU ADDRESS WHAT YOU STAND FOR!!!!!!

      • I’M a Catholic, and I have been one all my life
        I know that if we were to have a radical group that will be killing everybody that is not Catholic in the name of Catholicsism the Pope, and all the denomination of the western world will be going on Global television to denounce that infammy….

    • I’m curious. How come you use the word “racists” when you are talking about religion, and not race?

      • Please don’t call Islam a religion, it is a philosophy used to brainwash the masses. The Prophet Mohammed was a debauch rapist who proposed that every Muslim man who lived by his philosophy would enter the afterlife with a permanent erection and 72 virgins. This is why these idiots have no fear of murdering infidels in the name of Allah because they simply want perpetual sex. There is nothing in it for the women, who become virgins in the afterlife to live a constant hell of perpetual rape.

    • I would suggest to this Muslim that we are not racist, by thatt you are Islamaphobic.

    • As an ex-Muslim who now has no communication with most of my family (or childhood friends)… I am AMAZED when I speak with people (mostly white western people straight out of university) who defend Islam in the name of ‘tolerance’ and ‘compassion’.

      Let me tell you this. The people you are defending have NO compassion for you (or anyone else who is not Muslim or apostatizes). They use these people and play the victim so they can setup their beliefs and laws in the western countries. Someone has to tell you people. No one understands what is happening. Behind closed doors, many Muslim families laugh at how easy is it to bring their culture into the western nations. Simply move to a country and have 7-8 children, raise them in a Muslim area with strict faith in the Quran and tell them to have more children. With western birth rates below 2 (per family), Islam will have Sharia law and majority within 5 generations.
      If you actually read the Quran, it teaches nothing but the conquest and spread of Islam and the violent destruction of those who are not Allah’s chosen. Worse than the Christian old testament. Muslims are waiting for the right time to strike at the remaining non-Muslim cultures.
      I refuse to be a part of this religion because they treat us women like animals. I had no say in what I wanted to do in life and my life was already planned for me by the time I was 16. HOW IS THAT A LIFE?? Only the men benefit from Islam. That’s all I will say on this topic.

      • No religious save female gender most like that of Islam .female children is not allow at all before till my Holy prophet comes to save us.islam treat female gender like diamond and gold.

  2. Islam is NOT a religion. It is a form of government that uses a religious component to hide the legal, political, economic and military components behind in order to position itself to conquer the world.

    What Islam Isn’t By Dr. Peter Hammond
    “…When politically correct and culturally diverse societies agree to ‘the reasonable’ Muslim demands for their ‘religious rights’, they also get the other components under the table. Here’s how it works; As long as the Muslim population remains around 1% of any given country they will be regarded as a peace-loving minority and not as a threat to anyone…” ; “…At 2% and 3% they begin to proselytize from other ethnic minorities…” ; “…From 5% on they exercise an inordinate influence in proportion to their percentage of the population…” ; “…When Muslims reach 10% of the population, they will increase lawlessness as a means of complaint about their conditions ( Paris –car-burnings). Any non-Muslim action that offends Islam will result in uprisings and threats ( Amsterdam – Mohammed cartoons)…”
    http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?ARTID=30675

    • Islam or Muslim is hardly a religion. Something that was started by an ignorant hippy who was unable to get a gal (and who was a pedo in nature) just contorted stories from nearby Hebrews, Christians and the native religions, and brought together perhaps the only ever “religion” in the world where the God is like an angry Naz… Come on..

  3. From what I have read about sharia law, one would think that the Islamic faith has to be of the devil.

  4. Six of one and 1/2 dozen of another??

  5. islam is shitslam, all of you mindless numbnuts that follow it should consider suicide.

    • And there he is. The ignorant racist everyone. Take a bow you dumbshit.

    • Wow. I’m not religious at all, i just came here to learn something then to read your negative dribble. Please do the world and humanity a favor and don’t breed.

      • Christians are deceiving themselves because they left the original book Jesus give them to followed and change it to all suit them.where is your original Bible. Everyday you are rewriting Bible that why you are devil. I think all happen as a result of economic better leave that of the world because you don’t wen you will die and face God and you are abusing Holy Quran that it’s complete. I pity you

  6. They are evil and referred to as “evil” by anyone who hasn’t their head in a peace-loving-bag-of-bullshit-hippie-idealism. They are a scourge in their own nations and all nations who welcome them. Open your eyes and see for yourself. Every nation who receives them grieves. Nothing else matters.

  7. To say one is racist for not liking the Muslims or Islamic faith is ridiculous!! Considering neither is considered race. It’s the religion and the extremes they go through to make the rest of the world conform to their beliefs!!!

  8. Thanks for this article. I’m a Christian…ish in the US. I am appalled by the by the way our media, government, and ignorant citizens forget that our country was built on the principle of ” Separation of Church and State”, yet readily includes innocent members of the Muslim community and the Islamic religion as a whole as suspects or a threat whenever there is a mass shooting or terror attack commuted by one. When was the last time the Catholics were all suspect when some drunk Irish guy unloaded his AK at the pub?
    I’m glad that I can educate myself and try to understand other human beings who have different beliefs than me instead of labeling them and grouping them into a certain group of enemy, or threat.
    Peace.. :)

  9. So…Muslims religion is Islam? Or Islamists religion is Muslim? I still don’t understand.

  10. islam. in islam we believe allah is a only one GOD. and Mohammad (peace be upon him ) is the last Prophet of allah. and Quran is the last book from. allah.

    for more information please go to islamic center and confirm what is islam and muslim.

    sorry. brothers I can not write english. but I try.

    • You are the evil and the religious u believe stand for that, if not that you are greed the name hv called in your book that someone is coming from particular side family but because you like to deceive yourself that y you left the true if someone is a president today is that means no other president that is coming and some president had gone.only a fool will believe other religious because no book complete like Quran.

      • I pity for you because Isa believe in Islam and stop renew Bible everyday. If my if in a sentence means explanation and you rewrite to condition you are deceiving yourself

  11. The whole radical Islamic terrorists was very VERY well categorized by Ben Stein to be a form of mental illness. Though we tolerate people with mental illness in the U.S.A. there is currently no sort of mental healthcare system available. Most people are afraid to discuss their mental illness with others due to the fact they will or may be shunned by the other human beings nearby. Once people with mental illness become a danger to themselves or others (or threaten to) they can be taken into custody legally and kept away from the main population.
    I feel bad for women who grew up not dancing and hiding themselves from light like cockroaches. They knew deep down in their heart of hearts that all this nonsense was dead wrong from following the teachings of a violent false prophet right on down to the wife beating, killing poets and the “virgin rich gardens” promised to people that fight the holy war… It doesn’t take rocket science to figure out this is horse shit! What woman in her right mind would want a virgin rich garden?? Oh, so only men have a good life on Earth OR a good after life in this religion made by violent men for violent men?
    Clearly you have to be mentally ill to believe in such evil. The teachings, if you dare to pursue them, will make you sick to your stomach if you have a shred of good inside of you. Please do not sympathize with them until you read http://www.answering-islam.org/Authors/Arlandson/ten_reasons.htm

    Top ten reasons why Islam is NOT the religion of peace
    Violence in Muhammad’s life and the Quran

    P.S. I cannot trust anyone besides Donald Trump. He is the only one that has the balls to do something other than stand there and make remarks about peaceful Muslims. Okay, we have “backslider” Christians (peaceful) and we have the ones that get in your face and tell you that you are going to Hell (confrontational). Democrats felt the need to ban Jesus and God from Church, Santa, Crosses and even Peanuts Christmas from school because they annoyed somebody (most likely some Muslim). When was the last time Santa committed a mass murder?
    P.S.S. Who do YOU think is complaining about our traditional holidays, like Christmas, anywhere in the U.S.A. ? Is it Christians and Catholics? Of course not; its their Holiday.

    Is it the JEWS? Of course not they learned their lesson when they offed God’s son Jesus and the sky unleashed all the fury and rage possible until they had no choice but to admit “Surely he was the son of God”. I highly doubt they will be making that mistake again.

    Is it Atheists? Nope again! Atheists could care less if you told them when Snow white bends over a pot of gold shoots out of her arse and lands at the end of a rainbow in Ireland. They simply do not believe and could care less if we believe.

    Who does that leave that could possibly be complaining about Santa Claus? This religious war started long ago. Whether you believe or not in a higher power just believe in good versus evil before its too late. Please? For all of us?!

    For what its worth I used to be a Democrat. I realized before long as a telephone interviewer for political surveys the Republicans are by far the lesser of 2 evils. Judge them not for what they say but for what they actually do. The policies most Republicans support seem very invasive at times, morally speaking, but they seek to save us from ourselves. We are our own worst enemy.

  12. The note at the bottom of this page reads that these comments are moderated. Why write that when it’s clearly untrue?

    The comment just above mine is so insane it’s almost funny. It reads like something from a skit about stupid wingnuts.

    The problem is…it’s not funny at all. Please remember that this is how it all started in Germany…racist men deliberately intimidating a group of people, all based on their religious beliefs.

    The rightwing nutjobs on this this comment section are starting to make GW Bush look like a centrist.

  13. everyone are asking,muslims are wrong..first of all you should judge yourself than blame others.in bonsina,kashmir Palastine muslims are killed.no one speak about them…because they are muslims.if muslim do something,then all world become unite against them.

  14. Rascist denotes a RACE like for example Caucasian or Asian or African American.. People are not RACIST if they think islam is not a religion of peace or all muslims are terrorists… Now calling you a sand nigger is rascist or a raghead camel jockey is rascist if I’m saying it to mean that you’re inferior to me, a white woman.. If I’m saying I hate all people who are muslim and that Mohammed was a sick con man then I’d be a bigot… Thank you

  15. for every body who love life

    we should be aware why so many big and rich countries like to destroy Islam concepts
    Islam tells to people come to gather to be one unit and one community , who love each other , help each other and exists in peaceful statue , but this concept is harmful for them , they are trying to destroy this concept , but they will not to be success , because Allah and God is over them.

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