Islam

noun

Is·​lam is-ˈläm How to pronounce Islam (audio)
iz-,
-ˈlam How to pronounce Islam (audio)
ˈis-ˌläm,
ˈiz-,
-ˌlam
1
: the religious faith of Muslims including belief in Allah as the sole deity and in Muhammad as his prophet
2
a
: the civilization erected upon Islamic faith
b
: the group of modern nations in which Islam is the dominant religion
Islamic
is-ˈlä-mik How to pronounce Islam (audio)
iz-
-ˈla-
adjective
Islamics
is-ˈlä-miks How to pronounce Islam (audio)
iz-
-ˈla-
noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Examples of Islam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Hajj is one of the Five Pillars of Islam, and more than 2 million Muslims make the pilgrimage to Mecca each year – including from Connecticut. Sean Krofssik, Hartford Courant, 2 July 2024 Explore More Islam Religious Freedom Tajikistan Under The Radar To continue reading this article... Create a free account Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month. Chas Newkey-Burden, The Week Uk, theweek, 1 July 2024 More than 1,300 people have died in Saudi Arabia during this year’s Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to some of Islam’s holiest sites, succumbing to the brutal temperatures in the Gulf region. Ellen Ioanes, Vox, 25 June 2024 In Newcastle Central & West, where Muslims form around 12% of the total electorate, the organization has lent its support to Yvonne Ridley, a journalist and broadcaster who converted to Islam in 2003. Hasan Ali, The Christian Science Monitor, 25 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for Islam 

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Word History

Etymology

Arabic islām submission (to the will of God)

First Known Use

1817, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Islam was in 1817

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Cite this Entry

“Islam.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Islam. Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

Islam

noun
Is·​lam is-ˈläm How to pronounce Islam (audio) iz- How to pronounce Islam (audio)
-ˈlam;
ˈis-ˌläm,
ˈiz-ˌläm,
-ˌlam
1
: a religion marked by belief in Allah as the sole deity, in Muhammad as his prophet, and in the Koran
2
a
: the civilization erected upon Islamic faith
b
: the modern nations in which Islam is the dominant religion
Islamic
is-ˈläm-ik How to pronounce Islam (audio)
iz-
-ˈlam-
adjective

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