First, "Islamic" and "Muslim" are Islamic terms - so the definition should be described by Islamic/Sharia experts.
Second, Muslim is faa3il while Islam is maSdar. Both are different! (At this level, the explanation for this matter will be too advanced - wow?)
Third, Muslim countries are countries that the majority of the population is Muslim while an Islamic country are a country which the law of the country is based on the Quran and Sunnah (not Democracy, Communism, Capitalism, or other ideologies).
Nb: kindly correct me if my English has mistakes.
By the way,
Pardon me, ... KatieC when I read your comments or other native English speakers, oftentimes I feel your comments sound rude a bit. :) Is it just my feeling? Or is that the English language? Or what happens?
Thank you for telling me the difference between Muslim and Islamic countries in your third paragraph! I shall try and bear this in mind. But, given that you succeeded in explaining it to me, does your first paragraph mean that you are an Islamic/Sharia expert? I was a little afraid, when I read your first paragraph, that I wouldn't get an explanation from you. Could you explain why you needed to write the first paragraph? Your second paragraph didn't mean anything to me because I don't know what faa3il and maSdar are. I don't suppose you have come across the Latin phrase, "ignotum per ignotius"? [An attempt to explain something obscure in terms of something else which is even more obscure] I think it's very neat and expressive. In addition, it would be more useful to write Arabic words in Arabic script (as well as the transliteration), because I could then pass them through Google Translate. And, finally, I am very sorry that you often find the comments of native English speakers a bit rude. I mean this sincerely. I bear nothing but goodwill to you. And I think I agree with you, that English speakers have a different level of politeness. I sometimes find the Arabic comments rather formal and over-polite. I think we just have to adapt to each other's different ways, and try and understand that nothing bad or insincere is meant by either of us.
How are you? Hope you're doing great there!
Before I replied it further, ... To be noted that I have not edited my previous comment yet. As you have already known it, English is not my native. Perhaps, I will need several weeks to perfect it.
I think Paragraph 1 and Paragraph 3 should be put together.
No, I am not a Sharia expert. It is 2al-3ulaama2 العلماء who are the experts.
I wrote Paragraph 1 because you said, "... something X, not as X" - it seemed that you already had your own opinion - when we entered the "Hot" Thread (ie. Judy and Carrie), we saw that each member had their own opinions about Islam and its laws. I am so sorry if it is wrong in English.
For Paragraph 2, actually I wrote it because when I had a question about some topics, some of us said "in this level", ie., 'for now, the topic should not be taught'. And, that made me wonder...
Forgive me for not writing the Arabic scripts!
faa3il = فاعل, e.g., Muslim
maSdar = مصدر, e.g., Islam
(I still don't know the correct English terms for both words)
It is okay - don't worry, KatieC! My apology, I never meet Western people who live in Western society directly so I am not used to ... If you say Arabs comments are over-polite, I think you have not heard how my mother tongue language is. We have many "unnecessary phrases" to convey something. :D
Yes, I should learn more about other cultures :) ❤❤
Nb: I haven't edited this comment yet. (I have given some additional statements after the first attempt)