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Worship of Mohammed?[edit]

Might I point out that a Muslim source isn't necessarily a reliable source for the etymology of an English word? The OED, which is a reliable source on English, offers not a hint of this. I have besides never read anywhere that Europeans ever attributed the worship of Mohammed to Muslims. I think we really need a Eurpoean source representing this belief and relating it to the origin of the word -- which itself only dates to the 18th century according to the OED, far too late IMO for a European to make this kind of mistake. A Crusader might have, but not an Enlightenment-era Orientalist. TCC (talk) (contribs) 20:09, 3 June 2006 (UTC)

I'm cutting the claim that Westerners once believed that Muslims worshiped Mohammed. An Islamic source for this that flat-out misunderstands this term is clearly not reliable. I must insist on a Western source. If it was once a widespread belief, one should not be difficult to locate. But I don't think it was. TCC (talk) (contribs) 18:14, 21 July 2006 (UTC)

You are right, it's easily sourced and has been placed there. The entire equating with the 'isms however is a newer development and more along the lines of OR. It needs to be sourced as well.--Tigeroo 14:53, 23 November 2006 (UTC)
I'm afraid the citations that have been placed do not support the claim at issue, that "Mohammedan" arose because Christians believed Muslims worshiped Mohammed as a god. Oddly, none of the statements that are supported by the cites are controversial.
Three sources are cited. The first (although citing a far wider range of pages than strictly necessary) indeed shows that some Christians thought that Islam is mainly a Christian heresy. (Some Christians still think this.) The second shows that, yes, some very confused Westerners (Crusader-era, per my statement above) thought that Muslims worshiped a god named Termagent or some such. The third supports a peripheral claim that's beside the point of my comment above.
Yes, the rest of it needs to be sourced, but really, the beginning of the article is as good as unsourced too. (Even the 16th-century term is too late for this kind of error to be expected.) TCC (talk) (contribs) 08:49, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
It does not mean the term was exclusively used to depict a worship of Muhammad. Maybe it needs two parts, one which assoicates him and term with the intial concept of worship, and the other that ties him intrinsically with the more common form once greater knowledge of Islam was gained to one of that which represented him as a false prophet or as a term to followers of a deviant sect. I agree both concepts are true of the term. The fact is both concepts did indeed exist, and where the idea of "Termagent" came from would also be quite interesting.--Tigeroo 13:05, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
The problem is that absolutely nothing has been shown to show that the false belief that Muslims worship Mohammed (which has not itself been demonstrated either) was the origin of this word. The claim that this is not true at least has the indirect support of the OED.
Even if the premise is true, "Termagent" is only tangentially related here and deserves its own article, IMO. TCC (talk) (contribs) 18:09, 24 November 2006 (UTC)
OK, lets call it work in progress for now. There is no direct sourced claim for the concept of the worship of Muhammad being the source of the term, so I have removed it for now. Replaced it with some history of other terms that is has replaced and are connected to the concept. I agree by the time of the enlightenment the confusion would not have existed anymore, but there is direct evidence of the existence of the false belief of the worship of Muhammad did exist, to which Termagent is an ancillary. It does have it's own article where it is developed further. Let's see what else can be done to improve or define the article.--Tigeroo 20:16, 24 November 2006 (UTC)

The Muslim claim that "Mohammedan" is based on the understanding of Muslims worshipping Mohammed is itself a misunderstanding. We can establish the existence of the misunderstanding, but it nevertheless remains a misunderstanding. This is part of the deplorable over-sensitivity acquired by the Muslim world during the 20th century, out of a sheer minority complex wrt the west. It is time Islam found back its confidence and stopped pulling hysterical acts over non-issues such as this one. --dab (𒁳) 16:27, 18 January 2010 (UTC)


It was not uncommon for Islam to be referred to as the "Faith of Muhammad", and so it wasn't completly unheard of to refer to Islam by the name of its founder. Ahassan05 18:50, 30 June 2007 (UTC)ahassan05

Actually, It is referred to Din-i-Ibrahim. At least from the Islamic Point of View. The Faith/Path/Way of Life/Religion of Ibrahim (AKA Abraham, referring to Prophet Abraham who is revered as the founder of Monotheism). Muslims believed that the Din-i-ibrahim was lost when people try to change and corrupt his teachings and the teachings from the prophets before him. Then Muhammad brought them back warning the arabs not to change it. Since then, who ever has tried to change them greatly, their versions would be rejected by the muslim community/empire (Time pending, The ottoman empire was the last muslim empire. It fell during a World War.). Peace Be upon Them--Obaidz96 (talk contribs count) 14:39, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

It is also referred to as Din-i-Ibrahim and countless other names have been given it I am sure, but I just wanted to point out that at least in the Ottoman literature or census documents it is not at all uncommon to see Din-e-Muhammadiyyeh used to mean Islam. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ahassan05 (talkcontribs) 14:50, 5 March 2009 (UTC)

Worship of Mohammed[edit]

Medieval Christians believed that Muslims worshipped a trinity consisting of "Mahom", Tervagan and Apollin. Please see the Chanson de Roland or Karlamagnus, they both make this claim. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ahassan05 (talkcontribs) 16:41, 6 November 2007 (UTC)

Ah, no. They worship One God, Allah. Before Mohammed, however, all Arabs were pagans.
IIRC, I think it was when Mohammed came into contact with Nestorian Christians (who believe Christ's divine and human natures are separate) or shortly after anyway that he had his visions and wrote the Koran. So, IIUC, Mohammedans inherited the visions of an Arab merchant who had also learned the theology of Christian heretics. (talk) 23:22, 9 October 2011 (UTC) Chargee.

Pronunciation help[edit]

I am in contact with a professional voice actor who is trying to record a spoken version of George Washington and he wants to hear someone pronounce "Mohammedan". If anyone would be willing to call him up or even leave a voice mail with the proper pronunciation, please email me and I will send you his contact info. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 18:08, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

Ending it![edit]

Mohammedan was the term used for Islam In europe and the Americas. Until Muslims started to come in numbers to the USA, Mohammedan was corrected and the Term for the religion founded by Muhammad, is now accepted by the west and america as Islam, and its followers, Muslim. Just like the article says, Confucianist and Calvinist do not revere John Calvin and Confucious as Gods. Neither do muslims. This thinking today is very primative.--Obaidz96 (talk contribs count) 14:44, 4 July 2008 (UTC)

... and nor do the people complaining that Mohammedan implies worship of Mohammed advocate instead that the religion should be called Allahism. Trying to make a "logic" out of this is pointless and more than a bit of original research. The article should simply report how the word has been used and how it has been criticized and not delve into the illogic. (talk) 17:59, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

it depends what you mean by "revere". It is undisputed that there is strong veneration for Muhammad in Islam, as evidenced by the popular outrage over depictions of Muhammad. No Muslim would object to a depiction of other Muslim rulers or conquerors, such as Suleiman the Magnificent, which shows that the veneration for Muhammad is of a religious nature. But this is irrelevant to this article, and needs to be addressed over at Veneration for Muhammad. --dab (𒁳) 16:22, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

Extremely Offensive![edit]

An image of Mohammad, pbuh, with sword-in-hand trampling the ten commandments and the globe? Is it possible for you to insult my religion any more? I won't remove it because i respect freedom of speech, and admit my own obvious bias, and of course Wikimedia has made it quite clear repeatedly that they frankly dont care about our beliefs... possibly fairly, it is factual not spiritual, but I have to request that someone else take a nonpartisan look at this and ask why this article a: needs a picture of the Prophet, pbuh, especially considering it seriously violates the religion to which the article refers, b: if it WAS relevant and completely necessary, this insult can not even be excused as being a fair representation c: is clearly not neutral and d: directs an incredibly offensive insult to the culture and religion of a large portion of the world, for NO reason.

To update, while i have been typing another user has removed it, but i ask that you consider all facts and don't reinstate it.

The image comes from a book from 1699. Its inclusion is not meant to offend anyone, but to provide an illustration of what the article discusses, which includes historical Western views of Islam. Any propaganda can be offensive to those close to the targets of that propaganda; however there is no prohibition here against viewing it in a historical context. The image should stay. Twalls (talk) 15:24, 20 November 2008 (UTC)

And of course that image of Mohammed and the character it represents isn't correct at all. Is it? Hmmm??? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:36, 25 December 2008 (UTC)

Here's a secret. Many images of historical figures were made long after their deaths, and people didn't know what they really looked like. E.G. Christopher Columbus. WhisperToMe (talk) 06:03, 11 August 2011 (UTC)


The actual misnomer is Islam which means more or less "faith". Usage of the misnomer "Islam" in the sense of "Mohammedanism" leads to the endless complaints at Talk:Islam that "Islam has no founder". Doh, no, "Islam" has no founder if you use the term in its Arabic meaning of faith. It does have a founder if you realize that "Islam" outside of Arabic is a misnomer for "Mohammedanism", i.e. the religious tradition founded by Muhammad. --dab (𒁳) 16:06, 18 January 2010 (UTC)

Islam does not mean "faith" the Arabic word for "faith" is Iman, Islam comes from the Arabic root SLM meaning peace or tranquility. dk4 (talk) 13:48, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

"Follower of" vs "Worshiper of"[edit]

In the context of this discussion, I think adding the letters "ian" or "an" to the end of a person's name or title refers to being a follower of that person or a follower of that person's teachings, not necessarily a worshiper of that person. In the case of Christ-ian (Christian), this would be a follower of Jesus Christ and/or his teachings. In the case of Mohammed-an, this would be a follower of Mohammad and/or his teachings. As already indicated, a Luther-an (Lutheran) would be a follower of Martin Luther and/or his teachings.

As described in Wiktionary, the suffix "-ian" or "-an" means one from, belonging to, relating to, or like.

Hotdjdave (talk) 14:41, 3 February 2010 (UTC)

This IS true. I am a Lutheran myself and know anyone would go to Hell for worshiping Martin Luther. The definition of the suffix, “-an” includes the meaning “denotes provenance or membership…now extended to membership in social classes, religious denominations, etc.” and refers to the definition of the variant suffix, “-ian,” which has the definition, “adhering to or following; an adherent of: Christian.” Thus, “Christian” does NOT mean worshipping Christ, but following, i.e. modeling oneself after, him. And, “Mohammedan” does NOT mean worshipping Mohammed either, but following, modeling oneself after him, also.
“Muslim,” however, means “one who submits [to God].” But Mohammedans are commanded by the Koran and other writings holy to them to treat women savagely, oppress Christians and Jews, and torture and kill all “infidels.” So, if you believe these activities are part of submission to the God you know, then you may, in good conscience, call their partakers Muslims—and if you are a Christian or Jew, you would thus dhimmify yourself by agreeing to such oppression—otherwise, no.
The idea about the term “Mohammedan” being offensive is laughable. There are three Mohammedan sporting clubs in the world calling themselves “Mohammedan Sporting Club:” one in Kolkata, India, one in Dhaka, Bangaladesh, and one in Chittagong, Bangaladesh. Surely if there were something improper about the term, Mohammedans would not use it. Therefore, I suggest and encourage everyone, of every religion, to use the term “Mohammedan,” because it is accurate and it betrays no favoritism.
Greta Hoostal (talk) 18:46, 1 March 2011 (UTC)
BTW all three clubs you cite are colonial era clubs and Mohammadiyya is a word for followers of muhammad and a strain and concept that does exist within the wider fold of Islam and is used by muslims, just as Lutheran implies a form and concepts within the wider fold of Christianity and not a different religion.
My personal take on Mohammadan is that it is offensive because not only does it appear that non-muslims referrents are placing Muhammad in a more central and blasphemous role in the religion than God, but that it is also a word steeped in Orietanlism and Colonial era prejudice like the misinformed hate/fear inducing claims you make on what Islam is.
Muslims have a name for themselves and their religion and anyone refusing to call them by what they call themselves displays not idle insenstivity but sheer belligerence and intent to offend. Mohammedan is offensive in what it appears to imply over its direct meaning, offensive words rarely are, black man is the same as negro but one is more offensive than the other and in the US nigger is ok between blacks but not by non-blacks etc. That is however my personal OR and noted here just as a comment in response to your comments.-- (talk) 23:09, 8 June 2012 (UTC)

Suggestion for comnpromise[edit]

Mohammedan (also spelt Muhammadan, Mahommedan, Mahomedan or Mahometan) is a Westernized term for Muslims, that Muslims consider both offensive and inaccurate because it suggests that Muslims are the followers of the Islamic prophet Muhammad. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:24, 22 June 2010 (UTC)

"Mohammedan" was used by Muslims[edit]

Mohammedanism was used by Muslims about Islam without its spirit, [1] Muhammadans (not Muslims) of to-day (1920) have forgotten the principle of the path of grace through one God, and have therefore become intolerant fanatics, which accounts largely for the loss of political power of most Muhammadan Governments of modern times. [2] St.Trond (talk) 11:43, 4 July 2010 (UTC)

tone or style[edit]

What tone or style may not be appropriate for Wikipedia? Please specify. Specific concerns will help resolve the issue. Otherwise the tag should be removed.--J. D. Redding 01:31, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Incorrect statement regarding usage of "Muslim" in "the times of the Quran"[edit]

I removed - "Muslim" was in the times of the Quran reserved descendants of Abraham,[1] but is since July 2005 free for all Islamic faiths listed in the Amman Message to use.[citation needed] - as this is not true, and the reference doesn't back up the claim dk4 (talk) 13:55, 27 April 2011 (UTC)


I would not be infavor of a merge. I would be in favor of expanding this article... and do a WP:SUMMARY on the page of Islam of this article. Unless there is an objection, the merge notice should be remove shortly. --J. D. Redding 01:31, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Resources to expand this article[edit]

  • Herrick, G. F. (1912). Christian and Mohammedan: A plea for bridging the chasm. New York: Fleming H. Revell Co.
  • Maqqarī, A. M., Ibn, -K., & In Gayangos, P. . (1840). The history of the Mohammedan dynasties in Spain: Extracted from the Nafhu-t-tíb min ghosni-l-Andalusi-r-rattíb wa táríkh Lisánu-d-Dín Ibni-l-Khattíb. London: Printed for the Oriental translation fund of Great Britain and Ireland, sold by W.H. Allen and Co.; [etc..
  • Aghnides, N. P. (1916). Mohammedan theories of finance: With an introduction to Mohammedan law and bibliography. Studies in history, economics and public law, v. 70 (whole no. 166). New York.
  • Ion, T. P. (1900). Roman law and Mohammedan jurisprudence. S.l: s.n.
  • Muir, W. (1897). The Mohammedan controversy: Biographies of Mohammed. Sprenger on tradition. The Indian liturgy. and the Psalter. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark.
  • Macbride, J. D. (1857). The Mohammedan religion explained: With an introductory sketch of its progress, and suggestions for its confutation. London: Seeley, Jackson & Halliday
  • Lane-Poole, S. (1894). The Mohammedan dynasties: Chronological and genealogical tables with historical introductions. Westminster: A. Constable and Co.

--J. D. Redding 02:07, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

  • McClintock, J., & Strong, J. (1867). Cyclopaedia of Biblical, theological, and ecclesiastical literature. New York: Harper. (Page411+)

--J. D. Redding 02:15, 25 November 2010 (UTC)

Corruption or Incomplete?[edit]

Does Islam preach that Judaism and Christianity are CORRUPTIONS of Islam - as most Christians consider Mormonism to be a corruption of Christianity - or merely INCOMPLETE VERSIONS of Islam - in the way Christians consider Judaism to be an incomplete form of Christianity?

According to the last paragraph, it is considered a corruption. But considering there are Christian writings dating from the 1st and second centuries - and Jewish writings and references to Jews even older - and there is no reference to anything quite like Islam before the mid 600s - that does not seem a tenable position. And it makes the last paragraph seem to have been written simply to discredit Islam.

But if it IS true that Moslems officially see Christianity and Judaism as a CORRUPTION of, and not an INCOMPLETE, Islam, I recommend better references than only that last, unverified sentence. If proof can be given that Christianity and Judaism CAME BEFORE Islam, it should replace that lastg sentence.

That, or scrap the whole last parapgraph. That's my opinion. (talk) 23:13, 9 October 2011 (UTC)

Vandalism by jingiby[edit]

[User:jingiby] has on multiple occasions reverted the vandalism in the final paragraph which among other things states that Muslims worship Alexander the Great. He was warned by user:jojo897 and continues to revert the vandalism. Mr.sam.oliver (talk) 09:46, 29 January 2012 (UTC)

Quite the opposite - it appears that user:jojo897 is removing reliably sourced and relevant material, and that the article nowhere "states that Muslims worship Alexander the Great". Jayjg (talk) 22:01, 29 January 2012 (UTC)
user:jojo897 has again removed well-sourced content, and put in a dubious and unsourced claim about a "mistaken belief". The origin of the term is not based on a mistaken belief, and the vast majority of uses of the term do not show such a mistaken belief. user:jojo897 has also recklessly accused others of vandalism. Roger (talk) 07:29, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Removing of cited information.[edit]

Please do not remove large amounts of cited information without consensus. Make incremental changes to specific sections/phrases, and discuss them. Discuss references if you believe they are not reliable. If there are not enough editors active on the talk page to gain consensus, call an RFC. St John Chrysostom view/my bias 19:56, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

Modern use[edit]

The sourcing for the non-Muslim views in the section is inadequate. Page numbers are not provided for most citations. And page 224 of Spencer's book says no such thing. Can we get some page numbers and quotes?

It is also doubtful that any of these authors currently use the term Mohammedan to refer to Muslim or Mohammedanism to refer to Islam. Spencer[3][4], Ibn Warraq [5][6] et al. all use the word "Islam" and "Muslim" in their discourse. Who exactly uses the term "Mohammedan" in present day discourse?

Besides, Spencer is a questionable source[7] and should not be used, except in his own articles. This has been agreed upon previously at Wikipedia:Reliable_sources/Noticeboard.Bless sins (talk) 22:08, 10 April 2012 (UTC)


This page is misleading because it says that European had a mistaken belief about Muslims, and that the term "Christian" is based on the worship of Christ. There is a source about what "some Europeans believed". Okay, I am sure that some Europeans were mistaken, just as I am sure that some Muslims were mistaken about how the English language works. The term "Christian" comes from belief in the teachings of Jesus Christ, and not from worship of Christ. Mohammedan and Christian are analogous to many other terms, such as Lutheran, Buddhist, Confucian, Calvinist, etc. They mean following the teachings, not worship. Some Muslims object to the term Mohammedan anyway, but this objection should not be extended to leave the reader entirely false impressions about what Europeans believed and how English works. I have made a couple of edits to partially correct the article, but they have been reverted. Please address the issues here. Roger (talk) 22:58, 10 July 2012 (UTC)

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