- Mahomet was the predominant form until the late 1700s. Mohammed was the predominant form from then until the 1940s, when it was overtaken by Muhammad, which has been predominant ever since. Other forms which are now quite common are Mohammad, Mohamed, and Muhammed, which all came into common use after the 1820s.
From Arabic مُحَمَّد (muḥammad, “praised, commendable, laudable”), the passive participle of حَمَّدَ (ḥammada, “to praise, commend, laud, extol”). From the same triconsonantal root ح م د (ḥ-m-d) as, but distinct from, Mahmud.
Muhammad (plural Muhammads)
- (uncountable) The figure who introduced Islam, the man to whom the Quran was revealed; considered a prophet by Muslims and Baha'is.
- Shias believe that Ali succeeded the prophet Mohammad.
- (uncountable) The 47th sura (chapter) of the Quran.
- (countable) A male given name very popular among Muslims.
- There are two Muhammads in my class.
- if the mountain won't come to Muhammad
- Mohammedan, Mohammedanism (now offensive)
- Mohammedism, Mohammedist (rare, offensive)
- Muhammad (prophet of Islam)
|Inflection of Muhammad (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)|
The purists prefer the spelling "Muhammad", but "Muhammed" is the traditional and more popular transliteration into Finnish.