- the religious faith of Muslims, based on the words and religious system founded by the prophet Muhammad and taught by the Koran, the basic principle of which is absolute submission to a unique and personal god, Allah.
- the whole body of Muslim believers, their civilization, and the countries in which theirs is the dominant religion.
Origin of Islam
Examples from the Web for islam
His discourse is now more detailed: submission, which is the meaning of islam in Arabic, gives him a kind of enjoyment.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President
January 9, 2015
It was followed by several told-you-so articles with titles like “Have No Illusion: Islam Is the Enemy.”Europe’s Islam Haters Say We Told You So
Barbie Latza Nadeau
January 8, 2015
As far as I can tell, this magazine spent as much time making fun of French politicians as it did of Muslims or Islam.Harry Shearer on The Dangerous Business of Satire
January 8, 2015
In any case, Pakistan as a nation has been unforgiving of any slights against Islam.
When Christians and Hindus are accused of insulting Islam in Pakistan, the punishment is harsh.
It was a nauseous draught from the bitterest waters of Islam.The Scapegoat
The religion and the art of Islam seem destined to live and die together.Architecture
Thomas Roger Smith
It is in this guise that Islam assumes the rle of a universal religion.History of Religion
A great genius might then have restored the fighting power and the prestige of Islam.Bulgaria
There were some Christian converts to Islam at Abyssinia also.A Critical Exposition of the Popular 'Jihd'
Moulavi Gergh Ali
- 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
- Muslims collectively and their civilization
- the countries where the Muslim religion is predominant
Word Origin and History for islam
"religious system revealed by Muhammad," 1818, from Arabic islam, literally "submission" (to the will of God), from root of aslama "he resigned, he surrendered, he submitted," causative conjunction of salima "he was safe," and related to salam "peace."
... Islam is the only major religion, along with Buddhism (if we consider the name of the religion to come from Budd, the Divine Intellect, and not the Buddha), whose name is not related to a person or ethnic group, but to the central idea of the religion. ["The Heart of Islam: Enduring Values for Humanity," Seyyed Hossein Nasr, 2002]
Earlier English names for the faith include Mahometry (late 15c.), Muhammadism (1610s), Islamism (1747), and Ismaelism (c.1600), which in part is from Ishmaelite, a name formerly given (especially by Jews) to Arabs, as descendants of Ishmael (q.v.), and in part from Arabic Ismailiy, name of the Shiite sect that after 765 C.E. followed the Imamship through descendants of Ismail (Arabic for Ishmael), eldest son of Jafar, the sixth Imam. The Ismailians were not numerous, but among them were the powerful Fatimid dynasty in Egypt and the Assassins, both of whom loomed large in European imagination.
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.