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The word “Islam” is both a verb and a noun. The first meaning of “Islam” is the verb from the root “aslama,” meaning “to surrender; submit; obey; in sincerity and peace.” The second meaning of “Islam” is the noun form the same root, which describes the last and final form of the way of life, as prescribed by the Creator for His Creation. This is the name used in the Quran, which Muslims call themselves, as followers of “Islam”. This would make them “Islam-ers” in English, but of course, in Arabic, the prefix “mu” is added to denote the one performing the action and instead, it becomes “mu”-“islam” or “Muslim.”
“Islam” can be understood, in a very general sense, to be the true religion of God, as it is from Him and according to His commandments, without adding to or taking away from the basic precepts. Those who don’t study the Quran in-depth often think of it as a new religion which started fourteen-hundred years ago. It is actually the oldest religion, and it started from the moment man put his foot on earth.
It started from Adam and for the time to come and for eternity, Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) was the last and final messenger. The Quran was revealed to him. The Quran is the divine book of God. In the Quran, God directly addresses all humans, and makes them aware of His plan of creation.
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