Difference between Islam and Muslim
Islam vs Muslim:
There is absolutely no doubt that the words Islam and Muslim indeed go hand in hand. Islam is a religion whereas Muslim is an individual, an object or a theory that pertains to Islam, the religion. However, these two words are not to be mistaken or confused with one another in any case as even though they do belong to the same context, the words Islam and Muslim are used in different ways which must be properly understood prior to employing them in any context.
What is Islam?
Islam is a monotheistic religion which is practiced by around 19% of the world population which it is said to have been founded by the Prophet Muhammad in Mecca around six hundred Christian era. It is said that the revelations were delivered to the prophet by the angel Jibril (also known as Gabriel) which were then written down in the form of the holy book Quran of which the literal meaning of the name is ‘submission to God’. Islamic followers believe Allah to be their one and only God and consider him to be the creator of the universe and as being omnipotent and omniscient. Islam as being the word of God is written in the Quran and this book which is considered to be the holy book of Muslims is written in Arabic.
Who are Muslims?
Muslims are individuals who have embraced Islam which is a monotheistic religion that is practiced by around 19% of the world population. They believe Allah to be their one and only God and consider him to be the creator of the universe and as being omnipotent and omniscient. Muslims are known to conduct pilgrimages to Mecca which they consider as the holy city. Muslims possess a law system of their own called the Sharia law which is widely practiced in Muslim countries worldwide. Muslims are also associated with terrorist organizations such as the Al Qaida which is said to fund and orchestrate all Islam related extremist activities worldwide, which result in unfavorable results such as bloodshed, loss of lives and such devastating incidents in the name of Islam. Whereas these activities are the work of misguided Muslims, it is sad to see how these activities pass in the name of Islam, as these terrorists often claim to be doing the God’s work by causing such catastrophic events worldwide.
What is the difference between Muslim and Islam?
It is true that Islam and Muslim both pertain to the religion which has been preached by the prophet Muhammad. Islam and Muslim also have their roots in the Arabic verb s-l-m which stand for to submit, accept, or surrender and in this case, to surrender to God. However, it must be stated that while Islam is a religion, Muslim refers to a person who observes this particular religion referred to as Islam. Moreover, Islam is a noun whereas Muslim can be used either as a noun or an adjective. For example, the word ‘Muslim’ can be utilized as ‘a Muslim man’, ‘a Muslim woman’, ‘a Muslim mosque’, ‘a Muslim belief ‘and etc but one never uses the word ‘Islam’ as an adjective. If Islam needs to be used as an adjective, one can only use it by adding an ‘–ic’ to the end of the word such as ‘an Islamic follower’, an ‘Islamic belief’ and etc. However, while Islam denotes a whole religion, a whole community bound by the same beliefs and values, Muslim refers to an individual or an individual belief which of course, belongs to the Islamic religion.
According to Islam, only Muslims can go to heaven and pagans to which Islam refers to as Kafirs are said to be not able to reach heaven. Therefore, only being a true Muslim can get an individual to heaven according to Islamic teachings.