"The word ‘Alam' in the Arabic language is the name of something, which becomes the means for knowledge of another thing. Out of ‘Ilm comes the word ‘Alam into existence.
Now, ‘Alam' is the name of something through which you find out about another thing – gaining it’s knowledge. So, the world has been given the name ‘Alam, because if someone’s gazes are correct and thoughts are correct then everything of this world grants you the knowledge of Allah’s Rahmat and Qudrat-e-Qabila."
- Hadhrat Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani