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Muhammadan (also spelt Mohammedan) is another term for Muslim[1] which was mostly used in the West. Until at least the mid-1960s, many English-language writers used the term Mohammedans or Mahometans.

Some Muslims object to the term, saying it is offensive as it implies a devotion to Muhammad. Though, it would appear to have been an honest mistake, as Muslims do show an extraordinary amount of devotion to Muhammad, since following the Sunnah means imitate every little habit of the prophet, down to his toilet etiquette. Moreover, only seventeen percent of the Qur'an, Sira, and the Hadith, deal with the words of Allah, while the remaining eighty-three percent refers to the words and actions of Muhammad.[2]


  1. "muhammadan." Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 16 Aug. 2011.
  2. Bill Warner - Love versus Fear in the Koran: A Statistical Analysis and Reform According to Golden Rule