Islam

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The word "Islam" is an Arabic word which means "submission to the
will of God". This word comes from the same root as the Arabic word "salam",
which means "peace". As such, the religion of Islam teaches that in
order to achieve true peace of mind and surety of heart, one must submit to God
and live according to His Divinely revealed Law. The most important truth that

God revealed to mankind is that there is nothing divine or worthy of being
worshipped except for Almighty God, thus all human beings should submit to Him.

The word "Muslim" means one who submits to the will of God, regardless
of their race, nationality or ethnic background. Being a Muslim entails willful
submission and active obedience to God, and living in accordance with His
message. Some people mistakenly believe that Islam is just a religion for Arabs,
but nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are there converts to

Islam in every corner of the world, especially in England and America, but by
taking a look at the Muslim World from Bosnia to Nigeria, and from Indonesia to

Morocco, one can clearly see that Muslims come from many various races, ethnic
groups and nationalities. It is also interesting to note that in actuality, more
than 80% of all Muslims are not Arabs - there are more Muslims in Indonesia than
in the whole Arab World! So though even though it is true that most Arabs are

Muslims, the large majority of Muslims are not Arabs. However, anyone who
submits completely to God and worships Him alone is a Muslim. Continuity of the

Message Islam is not a new religion because "submission to the will of

God", i.e. Islam, has always been the only acceptable religion in the sight
of God. For this reason, Islam is the true "natural religion", and it
is the same eternal message revealed through the ages to all of God\'s prophets
and messengers. Muslims believe that all of God\'s prophets, which include

Abraham, Noah, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad, brought the same message of Pure

Monotheism. For this reason, the Prophet Muhammad 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 Muhammad, which is an eternal and
universal message for all of mankind, God finally fulfilled the covenant that He
made with Abraham, 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,
because both the Bible and the Qur\'an portray Abraham as a towering example of
someone who submitted himself completely to God and worshipped Him without
intermediaries. Once this is realized, it should be clear that Islam has the
most continuous and universal message of any religion, because all prophets and
messengers were "Muslims", i.e. those who submitted to God\'s will, and
they preached "Islam", i.e. submission to the will of Almighty God.

The Oneness of God The foundation of the Islamic faith is belief in the Oneness
of Almighty God - the God of Abraham, Noah, Moses and Jesus. Islam teaches that
a pure belief in One God is intuitive in human beings and thus fulfills the
natural inclination of the soul. As such, Islam\'s concept of God is
straightforward, unambiguous and easy to understand. Islam teaches that the
hearts, minds and souls of human beings are fitting receptacles for clear divine
revelation, and that God\'s revelations to man are not clouded by
self-contradictory mysteries or irrational ideas. As such, Islam teaches that
even though God cannot be fully comprehended and grasped by our finite human
minds, He also does not expect us to accept absurd or demonstrably false beliefs
about Him. According to the teachings of Islam, Almighty God is absolutely One
and His Oneness should never be compromised by associating partners with Him -
neither in worship nor in belief. Due to this, Muslims are required to maintain
a direct relationship with God, and therefore all intermediaries are absolutely
forbidden. From the Islamic standpoint, believing in the Oneness of God means to
realize that all prayer and worship should be exclusively for God, and that He
alone deserves such titles as "Lord" and "Savior". Some
religions, even though they believe on "One God", do not make all of
their worship and prayers for Him alone. Also, they also give the title of
"Lord" to beings that are not All-Knowing, All-Powerful and

Un-Changing - even according