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Islam

[ is-lahm, iz-, is-luhm, iz- ]

noun

  1. the religious faith of Muslims, based on the words and religious system founded by the prophet Muhammad and taught by the Quran, the basic principle of which is absolute submission to a unique and personal god, Allah.
  2. the whole body of Muslim believers, their civilization, and the countries in which theirs is the dominant religion.


Islam

/ ˈɪzlɑːm /

noun

  1. the religion of Muslims, having the Koran as its sacred scripture and teaching that there is only one God and that Mohammed is his prophet; Mohammedanism
    1. Muslims collectively and their civilization
    2. the countries where the Muslim religion is predominant


Islam

  1. A religion, founded by Muhammad , whose members worship the one God of Jews (see also Jews ) and Christians (see also Christian )(God is called Allah in Arabic) and follow the teachings of the Koran . Islam means “submission to the will of God”; adherents of Islam are called Muslims . The fundamental belief of Islam is “There is only one God, and Muhammad is his prophet .” Muslims are obliged to pray five times a day, to fast in the daytime during the holy month of Ramadan , to abstain from pork and alcohol, and to make gifts to the poor. All of them are expected to make a pilgrimage to Mecca (see also Mecca ), Muhammad's birthplace, at least once in their lives.


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Notes

Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims make up the two main branches of Islam.
Islam is the dominant faith in Arab nations, a number of countries of central Asia , and Malaysia and Indonesia .
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Derived Forms

  • Isˈlamic, adjective
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Other Words From

  • Is·lam·ic [is-, lam, -ik, -, lah, -mik, iz-], Is·lam·it·ic [is-l, uh, -, mit, -ik, iz-], adjective
  • non-Is·lamic adjective
  • non-Is·lam·itic adjective
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Islam1

First recorded in 1610–20; from Ottoman Turkish islām, from Arabic islām “submission (to God),” from aslama “to surrender, resign oneself, submit oneself (to God's will),” from the Semitic root šlm “to be whole, sound”; akin to Arabic salām and Hebrew shālōm “peace,” from the Semitic noun šalām
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Word History and Origins

Origin of Islam1

C19: from Arabic: surrender (to God), from aslama to surrender
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Compare Meanings

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Example Sentences

His discourse is now more detailed: submission, which is the meaning of islam in Arabic, gives him a kind of enjoyment.

As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.

In Dresden, Germany, anti-Islam rallies each week draw thousands of demonstrators.

The town, known in Arabic as Ayn al-Arab, is so significant to ISIS that the group calls it Ayn al-Islam.

In any case, Pakistan as a nation has been unforgiving of any slights against Islam.

And the prince called Allah to witness that their troubles were at an end; that three years should see them masters of all Islam.

Many went boldly to the Moslem camp, and confessed Islam in return for a bit of bread.

Again and again have the Sultans shown their inability to defend the frontiers of Islam.

He had been reared in the religion of Mahomet, and with the faith he held the customs of Islam.

The enterprise of Islam underwent several ebbs and flows over this region.

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