What is Islam?
Seems like a no-brainer right?
Even the dictionary explains it like this:
1. the religion of the Muslims, a monotheistic faith regarded as revealed through Muhammad as the Prophet of Allah.
That’s not the real meaning of the word though- And understanding the meaning of the word Islam is a simple explanation of the “faith” or religion described above.
The Arabic word Islam is derived from a root word: selema (seh-leh-muh) which carries the meanings of peace, purity and submission.
Islam means Submission to God and His will. It carries with it the implication that doing so is purity and that by doing so one will attain peace.
The trees, animals and planets are all in a state of Islam, because they are governed by God’s laws of physics, biology etc.; They function according to how they’ve been created. They naturally submit to God’s will. That is how they are programmed.
Humans are different.
We have been given a kind of intelligence unlike the rest of creation. We have been given free will and choice.
I can submit myself to whatever I want and so can you. We can submit ourselves to the love of wealth and material possessions or status. We can submit ourselves to pleasure and live hedonistic existences if we so desire. Each individual is free to choose their path.
Any person who chooses to submit his or her will to God peacefully, that person is in a state of Islam.
“Surely, the way of life with God is submission to Him.” (Quran 3:19)
And that, my dear neighbors, is what Islam is really all about.