Mumin or Momin (Arabic: مؤمن‎, romanizedmuʾmin; feminine مؤمنة muʾmina) is an Arabic Islamic term, frequently referenced in the Quran, meaning "believer".[1] It denotes a person who has complete submission to the Will of Allah and has faith firmly established in his heart, i.e. a "faithful Muslim". Also, it is used as a name and one of the names of God in Islam.

In the QuranEdit

The Quran states:

(An-Nisa 4:136) O you who believe! Believe in Allah, and His Messenger (Muhammad), and the Book (the Quran) which He has sent down to His Messenger, and the Scripture which He sent down to those before (him), and whosoever disbelieves in Allah, His Angels, His Books, His Messengers, and the Last Day, then indeed he has strayed far away.[2]

This verse addresses the believers, exhorting them to believe, implying multiple stages of belief.

Difference between Muslim and MuʾminEdit

The term Muʾmin is the preferred term used in the Qur'an to describe monotheistic believers.

The following verse makes a distinction between a Muslim and a believer:

(Al-Hujurat 49:14) The Arabs of the desert say, "We believe." (tu/minoo) Say thou: Ye believe not; but rather say, "We profess Islam;" (aslamna) for the faith (al-imanu) hath not yet found its way into your hearts. But if ye obey God and His Apostle, He will not allow you to lose any of your actions, for God is Forgiving, Merciful.[3]

Memon peopleEdit

In South Asia, the Muslim converts from Lohana tribe adopted the name Muʾmin pronounced as Memon (or Momin) as their community name.[4] The Memon people, a collection of ethnic groups from the north western part of the South Asia are located in Sindh province in Pakistan and neighboring Gujarat state in India.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Meaning of Mu'min". Retrieved 18 July 2013.
  2. ^ Quran Surah An-Nisaa ( Verse 136 )
  3. ^ The Holy Qu'ran, Al-Hujurat 49:014
  4. ^ Goolam, Vahed (2006). "'Unhappily Torn by Dissensions and Litigations': Durban's 'Memon' Mosque, 1880-1930". Journal of Religion in Africa. 36: 23–49.

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