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By Nayzak
Assalaamu alaikum [Peace be to you],

I realized I didn't make any article with the definition of Islam. silly me. so here it is: :P

In the Arabic language, most nouns and all verbs come from 3 letters roots. there are hundreds of these roots. when you want to look up a noun in an Arabic dictionary, you usually need to look for the root, not the word itself. once you find it, you will find aaaall the words deriving from it.
The word إسلام ISLAM* (or الإسلام AL-ISLAM) is an Arabic noun coming from the verb أسلم ASLAMA, which in its turn comes from the root سلم s.l.m.
ISLAM means Surrender, Submission, Obedience to Allah, the one true God, creator of the heavens and the earth, the Sustainer of the Universe. ISLAM also implies Sincerity in following the path or The God.
from the same root, we also have the word سلام SALAAM, which means peace. it's used in Muslim greeting: "AsSALAAMu Alaikum". :D

* put in mind that the word ISLAM doesn't have any equivalent in any other language. it can't be translated. that's why ISLAM is always called withe the Arabic word ISLAM in all languages.

Islam is not a new religion that was founded in Arabia in the seventh century like many people think. because "submission to the will of the God" (i.e. Islam), has always been the path to the God. Islam is the same eternal message revealed through the ages to all of the God's prophets and messengers. Muslims believe that all of God's prophets, which include Abraham, Noah, Moses, David, Solomon, Jesus and Mohammed -peace be upon them all-, brought the same message of Pure Monotheism. For this reason, the Prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- was not the founder of a new religion, as many people mistakenly think, but he was the Final Prophet of Islam. By revealing His final message to Mohammed -peace be upon him-, which is an eternal and universal message for all of mankind, the God finally fulfilled the covenant that He made with Abraham -peace be upon him-, who was one of the earliest and greatest prophets. Suffice it to say that the way of Islam is the same as the way of the prophet Abraham -peace be upon him-, because both the Bible and the Qur'an portray Abraham -peace be upon him- as a towering example of someone who submitted himself completely to the God and worshipped Him without intermediaries.

The word ISLAM does not represent a one-sided relationship, where the believer is enslaved to a tyrant master like some non-Muslims want to believe. Rather, the word ISLAM indicates a covenant between The Merciful God and his followers, where the Muslim surrenders his or her will to The God in return for peace or safety in this world and salvation and reward in the hereafter.

In the English language, in order to get the noun for the doer of the action, you add -er in the end of the infinitive verb. for example:
travel > traveler
teach > teacher
in the Arabic language, you add mu- (the letter meem م) to the beginning of the verb.
for example:
سافر saafara (to travel) > مسافر musaafir (traveler)
علّم'allama (to teach) > معلّم mu'allim (teacher)
أسلم Aslama (to submit to the God) > مسلم muslim (Islamer, lol)

Many non-Muslims misunderstand the real meaning of the word Islam and Muslim. they think that a Muslim is a person who follows the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him-. this is wrong. A MUSLIM, in fact, is the person who follows Islam. which means a person who submits himself or herself to the will of the God. anyone who does so is automatically a Muslim. even if he had never heard of the prophet Mohammed -peace be upon him- and never read the Qur'an. If a man living in a far away island in the Pacific Ocean finds the God through reason and common sense, and submits to him to the best of his ability and understanding, he is called a Muslim, even if he never prayed, fasted or did pilgrimage to Mekkah. the fact that he recognized that Allah*, the God is his creator and the only God worthy of worship makes him a Muslim.
People who lived long ago in the time of Abraham, Moses, David, Jesus and the other prophets of old -peace be upon them all- and followed them, these people are also called Muslims.

If you follow the true path of The God and submit to him and worship him alone with no partners, then you are a MUSLIM. :D

* Call him Allah, The God, Dieu, Dios, Elohim, Yahweh, Jehovah or whatever name he has in your language. it's not important. the most important is the true concept of the The God as he taught it to mankind. I repeat, the most important is the true concept of the God as he taught it to mankind.

For more reading:

if you want to know more about Islam, please visit these websites:
:bulletred:A Quick Introduction To Islam
:bulletred:Another Introduction to Islam
:bulletred:Seven Common Questions about Islam

I hope that was beneficial for you.

Wassalaamu alaikum.

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