This is the term mentioned in Qur’an for followers of all divine religions prior to Islam, prompting Muslims to offer due respect and honor to them as well. This term is not made specific for followers of any one Prophet of Allah Almighty, but it is a generalized reference of Quran to people having faith in Allah and following instructions of Prophets (those who were bestowed with a Holy Scripture to follow) of their times.
Don't blame the whole religion simply because some people--who apparently misunderstood the religion to begin with--did something in the name of our faith! Don't look at what Muslims are doing rather look at what Islam teaches because Muslims are not perfect...Islam is!
"When she is a daughter, she opens a door of Jannah for her father. When she is a wife, she completes half of the deen for her husband. When she is a mother, Jannah lies under her feet - If everyone knew the true status of a Muslim woman in Islam, even the men would want to be a women." - [Shiekh Akram Nadawi]