A starting point toward improving our knowledge would be to use the correct usage of Muslims instead of the obsolete Moslem or even worse, Mohammedans, as used rather prolifically in US and Uk newspapers post-911 to encourage hatred towards all Muslims.
Please see below from Mohammed Amin
“Moslem or Muslim – does it matter?
One would expect that it shouldn’t matter, apart from showing that the writer was a bit out of date. However, over the last few years I have noticed something.
If someone uses the words “Moslem” and “Koran” instead of “Muslim” and “Quran,” statistically it is quite likely that the writer is hostile to Islam.
I suspect that in most cases this derives from simple ignorance; the writer is genuinely unaware that Muslim is the preferred usage instead of Moslem. However, if the writer is unaware of that simple point, realistically they are not likely to know much about Islam, and hostility towards Islam is frequently based upon limited knowledge of it.
In a few cases people will be using the word “Moslem” instead of “Muslim” deliberately to irritate Muslims because they are aware that Muslims dislike that obsolete usage. I would like to explain the point with the benefit of an extreme analogy. In the 19’th century it was normal usage amongst white English speakers to refer to people from sub-Saharan Africa as “niggers” without necessarily intending that term to be insulting. Now any usage of the word “nigger” in the UK or the USA is rightly taken as an extremely serious use of abusive language.
While deliberately using “Moslem” instead of “Muslim” is not as insulting as the above example, when “Moslem” is used knowingly in place of “Muslim,” in my view that is done to give offence.”