Meaning Of Islam
Islam is not a new religion, but the same truth that God revealed through all His prophets to every people. For about one fourth of the world's population (1.6billions), Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslims follow a religion of peace, mercy, and forgiveness, and the majority have nothing to do with the extremely grave events which have come to be associated with their faith.
Islam is derived from the Arabic root "Salema": Peace, Surrender, Sincerity, Submission and Obedience to God Commandments and Laws.
In the religious sense, Islam means submission to the will of God and obedience to His law.
Everything and every phenomenon in the world other than man is administered totally by God-made laws, ie. they are obedient to God and submissive to his laws, they are in the State of Islam.
Man possesses the qualities of intelligence and choice, thus he is invited to submit to the good will of God and obey His law, ie, become a Muslim.
Submission to the good will of God, together with obedience to His beneficial Law, ie, becoming a Muslim, is the best safeguard for man's peace and harmony.
Islam dates back to the age of Adam and its message has been conveyed to man by God's prophets and messengers, including Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad.
Islam's message has been restored and enforced in the last stage of the religious evolution by God's last prophet and messenger, Muhammad.
Who are Muslims?
The word "Muslim" means one who submits to the will of God, regardless of their race, nationality or ethnic background.
Being a Muslim entails willful submission and active obedience to God, and living in accordance with His message.
Some people mistakenly believe that Islam is just a religion for Arabs, but nothing could be further from the truth.
Not only are there converts to Islam in every corner of the world, especially in England and America, but by taking a look at the Muslim World from Bosnia to Nigeria, and from Indonesia to Morocco, one can clearly see that Muslims come from many various races, ethnic groups and nationalities.
It is also interesting to note that in actuality, more than 80% of all Muslims are not Arabs - there are more Muslims in Indonesia than in the whole Arab World! So though even though it is true that most Arabs are Muslims, the large majority of Muslims are not Arabs.
However, anyone who submits completely to God and worships Him alone is a Muslim.
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