The word Islam means submission to Allah, the Almighty, the Creator and Lord of all creation, with the entire soul and body, by obedience to what He commanded and prohibited in His Revealed Law. It requires compliance and willful yielding of one’s will to His Will and Judgments, and by acceptance of all that Allah has decreed for man on earth. Allah is the Most Beneficent and Merciful who knows all man’s needs, who enjoins all that is good and warns against all that is evil. Thus, His revealed Law is perfectly suited to the universal needs, rights and responsibilities of man.

The word “Salam” means “Peace” and is derived from the same Arabic three-letter root (SLM) as the word Islam. “Salam” is also one of the Attributes of Allah, blessed be His Names and Attributes.

The Almighty states in the Qur’an, in relation to the Prophet Ibraheem (Abraham): “Behold! His Lord said to him, ‘Submit.’ He said, ‘I have submitted [in Islam] to the Lord of the worlds.’” (2:131)

Islamic Principles Enjoin Mercy

Allah, the Most Benevolent, urged all Muslims to follow the pattern of Allah’s Messenger ( s) as follows: “By mercy from Allah, [O Muhammad], you were lenient with them. And if you had been rude [in speech] and harsh in heart, they would have disbanded from about you. So pardon them and ask forgiveness for them and consult them in the matter. And when you have decided, then rely upon Allah. Indeed, Allah loves those who rely [upon Him].”

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Islamic General Principles Of Peace

And Allah, Most Great and Majestic, said: “Those who disbelieve in Allah and His messengers and wish to discriminate between Allah and His messengers and say, ‘We believe in some and disbelieve in others,’ and wish to adopt a way in between - those are the disbelievers, truly. And We have prepared for the disbelievers a humiliating punishment.”

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Examples Of Acts That Prohibited In Islam

Polytheism and idolatry inevitably cause conflict as people compete and vie for recognition, status, dominance and tribute for their idols and associated ideologies and mythologies. If all people worshipped the one and only God, then the greatest root of violence would be eradicated.

Allah said: Allah, the Most Glorious, said: “And We did not send a messenger before you, except that We revealed to him that there is no god worthy of worship except Me, so worship Me.”
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Look at the greatness of Islam, and the happiness one finds in their heart when they embrace it. This happiness remains in the heart and makes one forget about all the pains and troubles that they may have been through in their lives. The joy the Muslims feel upon applying their faith is far greater than any materialistic joy one can possibly experience in this life. If you really want to experience this happiness in your life, then you’ve got to take that bold step.

Witness the following words of Abu Sufyan Bin Harb when he said, “Heraclius, upon receiving a letter from Prophet Muhammad ( s) called for us while we were in Shaam.”

He said, “Heraclius’s messenger found us somewhere in the Greater Syria area, so he took me and my companions to Jerusalem, and we were admitted into the presence of Heraclius. We found him sitting in his royal court wearing a crown, surrounded by the senior Byzantine dignitaries. He said to his translator. ‘Ask them who amongst them is a close relation to the man who claims to be a prophet.’”