Editing for Grammarphobes: Islam

Posted by KAREN WOJCIK BERNER


Today’s topic deals with words I have heard used incorrectly multiple times in conversations. We owe it to the more than 1.2 billion Muslims around the world to get this right.

The major world religion founded by Muhammad is Islam. People who follow Islam are called Muslims. “Muslim” is not a religion. There is no such thing as “Muslimism” and no people called “Islamites.”

The adjective version of Islam is Islamic, but Islamic should not be used when referring to the followers of Islam. The proper word is Muslim.

The sacred scripture of Islam, the Quran, is in Arabic.

Although Arabic is the language of the holy book and prayers, not all Arabs are Muslims and not all Muslims are Arabs. 

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