Many people found it difficult to differentiate between the Islam and Muslim as both these terms are interrelated or in other words, we can say that one Muslim is the subset of the Islam. To understand both these terms, we need to get the broader concept of what the religion is. Here it should be kept noted that the religion is the fundamental set of beliefs agreed and practiced by the individuals or group; this set of beliefs mainly comprises of the issues mentioned below. The purpose of the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a superhuman agency or agencies, usually involving devotional and ritual observances, and often containing a moral code governing the conduct of human affairs; these all are the important point of the religion. Currently, there are over 4200 religions in the world, out of which Islam is the second most popular religion after falling second to the Christianity. And the one who follows or practices Islam is called the Muslim.
What is Islam?
Islam is the second most popular religion in the world with possessing over 1.6 Billion followers across the globe. The Christianity is the only religion which holds more number of followers as compared to the Islam. But according to the latest reliable study, the way Islam is flourishing, it will overtake Christianity as the most popular religion in the world by 2070. The religion Islam is based on the individual’s submission to good and to obedience his law and not to do what is abided. Over the years, Islam was seen as the peaceful religion as it even asserted on behaving well with the enemies. The other salient features which make this religion prominent among other religions of the world is the message of equality regardless of color or race, women’s right of inheritance, and the urge to its follower to get educate themselves and also others. Although, nowadays some handpicked organization are portraying a negative image of Islam. Out of them, ISIS and Taliban are the prominent organization, which are tarnishing the image of Islam to the highest level.
What is Muslim?
The person accepting and practicing Islam is known as the Muslim. In other words, we can say that Muslims is the subset of set Islam in the case of Islam-Muslim relation. The person gives submission to the will of ALLAH and does obediently what he is obliged to do, whereas restrains himself from doing which is prohibited in the religion. If one wants to enter the religion Islam, he/she needs to believe and declare that ‘there is no God apart from ALLAH and Muhammad is the Messenger of God’,. It should be kept noted that one willing to become the good Muslim needs to follow the five pillars of Islam, and also need to follow the paths of the Last Prophet of Islam Muhammad PBUH. Shahadah, Salat (prayers), Zakat (charity), Fasting and visit to Holy Kabaah are the five pillars of Islam. The Muslims are further divided into dozens of sects, primarily there are two sects of Muslims, one is Shia, and the other is Sunni. All the sects have the similar basic belief like following the teachings of Quran, the oneness of ALLAH, and Muhammad PBUH as the last prophet.
Islam vs. Muslim
- Islam is the religion which obliges it followers to follow the teachings of Quran, the oneness of ALLAH, and Muhammad PBUH as the last prophet, whereas the one accepts and practices this religion is called Muslim.
- Islam is the second largest religion as it has over 1.6 billion followers (Muslims).
- Islam is only one, although Muslims get divided further by sects and beliefs.
- Shahadah, Salat (prayers), Zakat (charity), Fasting and visit to Holy Kabaah are the five pillars of Islam.