What is Islam?

“Islām” is an Arabic word which means peaceful, willing submission – submission to the code of conduct ordained by God. Islam is a religion, but it is also a complete way of life based upon a voluntary relationship between an individual and his Creator. It is the way of life ordained by God which was taught by each of His prophets and messengers: Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them). Islam distinguishes from other religions in that it refuses to accept any form of creation, whatsoever, as a deity worthy of worship. Instead, it emphasizes the exclusive worship of the One God who created the entire universe and to whom all creation will eventually return.
Monotheism is the foundation of Islam and its most important concept. Not only is God acknowledged as the sole creator and sustainer of everything in existence, but Islam declares that He alone is worthy of being worshiped. Further, it recognizes that the attributes of creation are nothing like those of God; He is Absolute, Perfect, and Unique. By following God’s guidance as revealed in the Qur’an, an individual can obtain meaning and purpose in this live and eternal paradise in the hereafter.
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