An ‘alim (عالم) is a knowledgeable person or a scholar. It means someone who has ‘ilm (علم) or knowledge. Usually the term ‘alim refers to a scholar in Islamic sciences. But the term can be used for anyone who is knowledgeable in a particular subject.


  1. The Noble Qur’an, Muhammad Taqi-ud-Din al-Hilali and Muhammad Muhsin Khan, Darussalam
  2. Alim.org