THE MEANING OF ISLAM
Every religion of the world has been named either after the name of its
founder or after the community and nation in which that religion took its
birth. For instance, Christianity takes its appellation from the name of
its prophet Jesus Christ: buddhism
from its founder Gautama Buddha; Zoroastrianism from its founder
Zoroaster; and Judaism, the religion of the Jews, from the name of the
tribe Judah (of the country of Judea) wherein it took its birth. Similar
is the case with other religions. But not so with Islam. This religion
enjoys the unique distinction of having no such association with any
particular person or people. The word ‘Islam’ does not convey any such
relationship—for it does not belong to any particular person, people, or
country. It is neither the product of any human mind nor is it confined to
any particular community. It is a universal religion and its objective is
to create and cultivate in man the quality and attitude of Islam.
‘Islam’, as a matter of fact, is an attributive title. Whosoever possesses this attribute, may he belong to any race, community, country, or clan, is a Muslim. According to the Qur’an (the Holy Book of the Muslims), among every people and in all ages there have been good and righteous people who possessed this attribute—and all of them were and are Muslims.
This automatically brings us to the question: What does Islam mean? And
who is a Muslim?
ISLAM—What does it mean?
‘Islam’ is an Arabic word and connotes submission, surrender, and
obedience. As a religion, Islam stands for complete submission and
obedience to Allah—and that is …………