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Muhammadan (also spelt Mohammedan) is another term for Muslim[1] which is 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. However, Muslims do show an extraordinary amount of devotion to Muhammad, considering 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]

Moreover, following the Sunnah means having to imitate every little habit of their prophet, even down to his toilet etiquette. On the other hand, the word "kafir" can be offensive to non-Muslims.


  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