What is the Meaning of the Word Islam?

Islam is an Arabic word whose root words are Silm and Salam. Salam means “peace” and Silm means “submission”. Thus, Islam means attaining peace through submission to God – the Creator of this universe.

As many think, Islam is not a new religion. It was not founded by Prophet Mohammed (peace be on him). Islam is the way of life given by God, our Creator, to the first man Adam and to all of us who came after him. This can be well understood from the fact that all the Prophets sent by God like Noah, Abraham, Moses, Solomon, David, Jesus, etc (peace be on them all) taught the same way of life which was to surrender, obey, submit and be sincere to God Almighty. We call this way of life as Islam in Arabic.