What does Islam mean?

Definitions for Islam
ɪsˈlɑm, -ˈlæm, ɪz-, ˈɪs ləm, ˈɪz-is·lam

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Islam, Muslimismnoun

    the civilization of Muslims collectively which is governed by the Muslim religion

    "Islam is predominant in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Indonesia"

  2. Islam, Islamism, Mohammedanism, Muhammadanism, Muslimismnoun

    the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran

    "Islam is a complete way of life, not a Sunday religion"; "the term Muhammadanism is offensive to Muslims who believe that Allah, not Muhammad, founded their religion"


  1. Islamnoun

    An Abrahamic and monotheistic religion that originated with the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad; its followers are Muslim.

  2. Etymology: اسلام. The root is the same as that of سلام.


  1. Islam

    Islam (; Arabic: ۘالِإسلَام, al-ʾIslām [ɪsˈlaːm] (listen), transl. "Submission [to God]") is an Abrahamic monotheistic religion centered around the Quran and the teachings of Muhammad. Adherents of Islam, called Muslims, number approximately 1.9 billion globally and are the world's second-largest religious population after Christians.Muslims believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that was revealed many times through earlier prophets such as Adam, Abraham, Moses, and Jesus, among others; these earlier revelations are attributed to Judaism and Christianity, which are regarded in Islam as spiritual predecessor faiths. Muslims consider the Quran to be the verbatim word of God and the unaltered, final revelation. They also consider Muhammad as the main and final Islamic prophet. The teachings and normative example of Muhammad, called the sunnah, documented in accounts called the hadith, provide a constitutional model for Muslims. Islam teaches that God is one and incomparable. It states that there will be a "Final Judgement" wherein the righteous will be rewarded in paradise (jannah) and the unrighteous will be punished in hell (jahannam). The Five Pillars—considered obligatory acts of worship—comprise the Islamic oath and creed (shahada); daily prayers (salah); almsgiving (zakat); fasting (sawm) in the month of Ramadan; and a pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca. Islamic law, sharia, touches on virtually every aspect of life, from banking and finance and welfare to men's and women's roles and the environment. Prominent religious festivals include Eid al-Fitr, and Eid al-Adha. The three holiest sites in Islam in descending order are Masjid al-Haram in Mecca, Al-Masjid an-Nabawi in Medina, and Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.Islam originated in the 7th century in Mecca. Muslim rule expanded outside Arabia under the Rashidun Caliphate and the subsequent Umayyad Caliphate ruled from the Iberian Peninsula to the Indus Valley. In the Islamic Golden Age, mostly during the reign of the Abbasid Caliphate, much of the Muslim world experienced a scientific, economic and cultural flourishing. The expansion of the Muslim world involved various states and caliphates as well as extensive trade and religious conversion as a result of Islamic missionary activities (dawah), and through conquests.There are two major Islamic denominations: Sunni Islam (85–90%) and Shia Islam (10–15%). While Sunni–Shia differences initially arose from disagreements over the succession to Muhammad, they grew to cover a broader dimension, both theologically and juridically. Muslims make up a majority of the population in 49 countries. Approximately 12% of the world's Muslims live in Indonesia, the most populous Muslim-majority country; 31% live in South Asia; 20% live in the Middle East–North Africa; and 15% live in sub-Saharan Africa. Sizable Muslim communities are also present in the Americas, China, and Europe. Due largely to a higher fertility rate, Islam is the world's fastest growing major religious group, and is projected to be the world's largest religion by the end of the 21st century.


  1. islam

    Islam is a monotheistic Abrahamic religion centered around the teachings of the Prophet Muhammad as presented in the Qur'an, the holy book of Islam. Followers of Islam, known as Muslims, believe in a single god, Allah, and the prophethood of Muhammad. The practice of Islam involves following the Five Pillars: testimony of faith, prayer, giving of alms, fasting during the month of Ramadan, and making a pilgrimage to Mecca if possible. Muslims also follow a moral code based on principles of truth, sincerity, and good conduct.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Islamnoun

    the religion of the Mohammedans; Mohammedanism; Islamism. Their formula of faith is: There is no God but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet

  2. Islamnoun

    the whole body of Mohammedans, or the countries which they occupy

  3. Etymology: [Ar. islm obedience to the will of God, submission, humbling one's self, resigning one's self to the divine disposal. Cf. Moslem.]


  1. Islam

    Islam is a monotheistic and Abrahamic religion articulated by the Qur'an, a book considered by its adherents to be the verbatim word of God and by the teachings and normative example of Muhammad, considered by them to be the last prophet of God. An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim. Muslims believe that God is one and incomparable and the purpose of existence is to love and serve God. Muslims also believe that Islam is the complete and universal version of a primordial faith that was revealed at many times and places before, including through Abraham, Moses and Jesus, whom they consider prophets. They maintain that the previous messages and revelations have been partially misinterpreted or altered over time, but consider the Arabic Qur'an to be both the unaltered and the final revelation of God. Religious concepts and practices include the five pillars of Islam, which are basic concepts and obligatory acts of worship, and following Islamic law, which touches on virtually every aspect of life and society, providing guidance on multifarious topics from banking and welfare, to warfare and the environment.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Islam

    iz′lam, Islamism, iz′lam-izm, n. the proper name of the Mohammedan religion: the whole Mohammedan world.—adjs. Islam′ic, Islamit′ic.—n. Is′lamite.—v.t. Islamīze′, to conform to Mohammedanism. [Ar. islāmsalama, to submit to God.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Islam

    or Islamism, the religion of Mahomet, "that we must submit to God; that our whole strength lies in resigned submission to Him, whatsoever He do to us, for this world and the other; this is the soul of Islam; it is properly the soul of Christianity; Christianity also commands us, before all, to be resigned to God. This is yet the highest wisdom that Heaven has revealed to our earth." See "Heroes and Hero-Worship."

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Islam

    A monotheistic religion promulgated by the Prophet Mohammed with Allah as the deity.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Islam

    From the Arabic islama, to bend. This term expressed an entire submission or resignation to the will of God. By the Mohammedans “Islam” is described as the true faith.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. ISLAM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Islam is ranked #3354 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Islam surname appeared 10,670 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 4 would have the surname Islam.

    87.7% or 9,366 total occurrences were Asian.
    3.8% or 415 total occurrences were Black.
    3.4% or 366 total occurrences were White.
    3.3% or 355 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1% or 116 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.4% or 52 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

Anagrams for Islam »

  1. alims

  2. mails

  3. salmi

  4. ismal

  5. simal

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Islam in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Islam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Islam in a Sentence

  1. Mohammad Aslam:

    No mechanism for filing a complaint against the wife for causing mental and psychological violence to the husband has been provided, the impugned act will further create a gap and confrontation among families while Islam and the constitution provided for their integration.

  2. Naghmeh Abedinitold FoxNews.com Monday:

    Guards have repeatedly told Saeed Abedini that the price of Saeed Abedini freedom is denying Christ and returning to Islam – and yet, Saeed’s faith in Christ remains strong.

  3. Veryan Khan:

    The practicing of anything that is not approved by Islamic State under their very strict interpretation of Islam is ‘Haram’ or forbidden, if the Islamic State thinks that sorcery is real, then black magic would be a threat to them and seen as a danger.

  4. Amir Taheri:

    If the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris had nothing to do with Islam as President Francois Hollande suggested, why did he invite Muslim community leaders to meet him the day after the tragedy?

  5. Mahmoud Rashid:

    When someone looks at an article that's anti-Islamic or a video that shows a grooming gang( a group who takes advantage of vulnerable young people, often for sexual exploitation) what happens is that automatically it's' Muslims are doing this,' if there's a constant bombardment of messages that Islam is evil.

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