Wasat (Islamic term)

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Wasat, also called wasatiyyah (وسطية) is the Arabic word for middle, centered, balanced. In the Islamic context, it refers to the "middle way", a justly balanced way of life, avoiding extremes and experiencing things in moderation.

A newspaper in Bahrain is named Al-Wasat ('the middle') for its editorial viewpoint of "Promoting the rational middle-ground in debate and tendencies."[1]

Malaysia has an NGO, Wasatiyyah Institute Malaysia, whose purpose is to promote moderate Islam.


  1. ^ Mansoor Al-Jamri (editor-in-chief) (July 29, 2014). "About Alwasat". Al-Wasat. 

See also[edit]

  • Al-Wasat Party, a moderate ('middle') political party in Egypt
  • Delta Geminorum, a star also known by its Arabic name, Wasat, for middle (star)
  • Via media, the philosophy of the 'middle way'