What is Islam?

The word Islam means voluntary “Submission” or “Surrender” to the Will of God. It derives from the root word “salam,” meaning peace.

In the Quran, God defines that the only purpose for which He created mankind is to Worship Him. Islam recognizes that humankind has free choice in whether to obey or disobey God, but ultimately we will be held accountable to God in the next life for the choices that we make in this life.

God sent Prophets to teach mankind how to worship Him; starting with Adam, including Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the last of the messengers, Muhammad (peace be upon them all). The Islamic position is that all of these prophets came with the same message, that there is no deity worthy of worship except the One True God, known in Arabic as Allah.

Islam recognizes the close relationship between the body and soul. Whereas the body originates from the earth and has a defined period of life on this earth, the soul originates from God and does not die. Islam encourages the individual to focus on keeping the soul healthy, through the remembrance, obedience and worship of God. There should be a correct balance in strengthening the soul and not over-indulging with the pleasures of the body.

Islam is a natural way of life that encourages one to give due attention to their relationship with God and His creation. Islam teaches that it is through the doing of good deeds and seeking the pleasure of God that souls find true happiness and peace. It is in this context that the word Islam derives from the root word “salam,” or peace.

 

 

 

43 Comments

  1. john says:

    This has been a much needed effort. There’s a lot of misinformation out there and you guys have done a good job putting this site together.

  2. Charles Nash says:

    Thanks for this. Very informative and I have had lots of questions. Good job on the site.

  3. Rebecca says:

    Great work on putting this website together to inform the many misinformed people who automatically associate Islam with negative things. There is so much hatred based on ignorance, and I really hope that this website will be visited by those people who harbor the most ignorance and hatred.

    Thank you for sharing your beliefs and beautiful religion with the world! And kudos to CNN for covering this effort…it is what drew me to the website!

  4. Trixie says:

    This site is a very nice site. It helps people UNDERSTAND what Islam is. I’d love to visit this site over and over and over again.
    This is simply a PERFECT site.
    =)

  5. Taminika Martin says:

    I’ve come to this website thanks to some literature I received at the Philadelphia Stand Down in Levittown, PA. The literature is very educating and the website has so many answeres to questions I’ve had for quite sometime. Thank you for your knowledge, patience and understanding of/with the world.

  6. SAID ADDA says:

    Great job guys!

  7. may Allah bless and guide you always. InshaAllah Ameen

  8. Mariam says:

    I love this site, a starting point, to open ones mind
    to know better about our creator and the main purpose why people
    are created. May of us forget about our souls. In sha Allah,He give
    me more wisdom to understand deeply about islam.

  9. Lydia De Leon says:

    Great educational site!

  10. Katt Austin says:

    This site is so informative. I urge all non-Muslims to use it to educate themselves and others.

  11. asalamu caleykum all of you iam so happy to join u today because I like you so so much thaks alot.

  12. Omid Mohammadi says:

    This is so prefect and educative site.
    I proud on my religian as a Muslim

  13. The word Islam means voluntary “Submission” or “Surrender” to the Will of God. It derives from the root word “salam,” meaning peace.

    In the Quran, God defines that the only purpose for which He created mankind is to Worship Him. Islam recognizes that humankind has free choice in whether to obey or disobey God, but ultimately we will be held accountable to God in the next life for the choices that we make in this life.

    God sent Prophets to teach mankind how to worship Him; starting with Adam, including Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and the last of the messengers, Muhammad (peace be upon them all). The Islamic position is that all of these prophets came with the same message, that there is no deity worthy of worship except the One True God, known in Arabic as Allah.

    Islam recognizes the close relationship between the body and soul. Whereas the body originates from the earth and has a defined period of life on this earth, the soul originates from God and does not die. Islam encourages the individual to focus on keeping the soul healthy, through the remembrance, obedience and worship of God. There should be a correct balance in strengthening the soul and not over-indulging with the pleasures of the body.
    Islam is a natural way of life that encourages one to give due attention to their relationship with God and His creation. Islam teaches that it is through the doing of good deeds and seeking the pleasure of God that souls find true happiness and peace. It is in this context that the word Islam derives from the root word “salam,” or peace.

  14. It is a true complete way of human life ISLAM

  15. Wow this is a way well done job by informing the nation that islam is a peacel religion. Am happy am a muslim.

  16. Islam is the only way of life.

  17. Yosra Zeyri says:

    Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life!

  18. Is there any way to ask question thru email or thru any oth r way about Islam

  19. Fahad Shahid says:

    ISLAM is a complete code of life

  20. Fahad Shahid says:

    I just wanted to tell every one that the word Taliban means knowledge seeker . but the terrorist use this name just to creat the hateret for the Muslims in the world . I swear to God (ALLAH) that they are not Muslims

  21. Afra Afra says:

    I wish that every one would believe in Islam easily !

  22. Hatun Fayez says:

    Sure, I'd be happy to answer all your Q's

  23. Kim Gemini VanBuren says:

    As a non-Muslim who's had many questions, I think this site is absolutely wonderful and informative. Its answered questions i have about myself and my own beliefs.

  24. Shila Nurani says:

    Asalamwalkum to everyone I have one question does A true love is alowed in Islam

  25. Princess Zeenat says:

    If A muslim eat non ..muslim food is it haram for I slam

  26. Shila Nurani says:

    Hatun Fayez Asalamwalkumj plzzzz answer my question does in islam a true love is allowed& 2 nd question does Islam allowed us to eat non muslim food is it not haram

  27. Hatun Fayez says:

    Shila Nurani All feelings are absolutely allowed. What's not allowed is when you talk, meet or have any relationship with that foreign one who you love, unless you two are engaged. Generally, you can have a conversation with foreign men since you're wearing your modest hijab. That's only in case of necessity or in formal situation (work, education, health,..etc.)…… Islam allows you to eat whatever you wish ( in any place and from any nationality ) since the food are not haram.

  28. Hatun Fayez says:

    You can eat non-Muslims food since it's halal.

  29. Shila Nurani says:

    Hatun Fayez thanks alot brother for help now I ll do wht is true thanks

  30. Shila Nurani says:

    Hatun Fayez & I have one more question If we go outside if we didnt cover our face is it allowed in islam

  31. Shila Nurani says:

    Hatun Fayez tnaks for your comment

  32. Hatun Fayez says:

    Shila Nurani There is a doubt regarding this issue. There is some evidence that muslim women were covering their faces when there were men in the same place. I can't give you an actual answer to this. But if you are afraid to do something that might be haram, then the best thing to do is to avoid it. By the way, I cover my face, this doesn't kill me. Since I am doing this for Allah, then I am happy.

  33. Hatun Fayez says:

    Shila Nurani Any time, I'm happy to help

  34. Shila Nurani says:

    Hatun Fayez ok i got it now tnx once more

  35. Shila Nurani says:

    Hatun Fayez sorry am distrubing you again dear sis bt am really confussed abut this question plz help me in this quetion if we are not ready to marry some one who we dont knw or its force by our parenst since we are not happy to marry tht person wht does islam say abut this matter plz once last question i ll nt distrub again

  36. Hatun Fayez says:

    Shila Nurani What you should do in this case is to pray (al estekhara) prayer. By praying al estekhara you ask Allah to choose the best for you. You should believe what Allah has chosen for you is the best even though you feel uncomfortable, the others might be worse. Allah is the only one who knows what will happen in the future.

  37. Hatun Fayez says:

    If Allah choose something for you, the others are definitely (not might) worse :)

  38. Wida Wafa says:

    Shortly: Islam is our heart

  39. Deeam Khan says:

    Hatun Fayez, is it an obligation to read the whole Quran at least once in your life ? And if you do not know how to read Arabic, what do we do in that case? PLZ ANSWER!!!!!

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