Q: What Is Islam...?
ISLAM is derived from the Arabic root "SALEMA": peace, purity,
submission and obedience. 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 i.e. they are obedient to God
and submissive to His laws i.e. they are in the STATE OF ISLAM. Man
possesses the quality 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, i.e. becoming a Muslim is the best safeguard
for man's peace and harmony.
Islam dates back to the edge of Adam and its message has been
conveyed to man by God's Prophets and Messengers including Abrahim,
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.
The word Allah in the Arabic language means God, or more accurately
The One and Only Eternal God, Creator of the Universe, Lord of all
lords, King of all kings, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful. The word
Allah to mean God is also used by Arabic speaking Jews and
The Quran is the sacred book of the Muslims. It is the last book of
guidance from Allah, sent down to Muhammad, peace be upon him,
through the angel Jibraeel (Gabriel). Every word of it is the word
of Allah. It was revealed over a period of 23 years in the Arabic
language. It contains 114 Surahs (chapters) and over 6000 verses.
The Quran deals with man and his ultimate goal in life. Its
teachings cover all areas of this life and the life after death. It
contains principles, doctrines and directions for every sphere of
human life. The theme of the Quran broadly consists of three
fundamental ideas: Oneness of Allah, Prophet hood and life after
death. The success of human beings on this earth and in the life
hereafter depends on obedience to the Qur'anic teaching.
"The best amongest you, is he who
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