By Lekan Yakub
Many a time you offen hear the word “Islaam” in the media, but do you really care to know the true meaning of the word as different from what the mediad portrayed it to be?
The word “Islaam” is an Arabic word which means “submission to only the will of Allaah, our Creator in peace”. This word has same arabic root as the word “salam”, which means “peace”. As such, the word “Islaam” is a way of life of Islaam teaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind and surety of heart, one must submit to the Creator and live according to His Divinely revealed Law (in the Qura’aan and authentic Sunnah). The most important truth that the Creator revealed to mankind is that there is nothing divine or worthy of being worshipped except for Him, thus all human beings should submit to only Allaah, our Creator.
The “submission to the will of the Creator alone in peace”, which is the meaning of “Islaam”, has always been the only acceptable way in the sight of our creator, Allaah.
This is the true “natural way” that applies to all mankind, and it is the same eternal message revealed through the ages to all the prophets and messengers of Allaah.
Muslims believe that all of God’s prophets, which include Abraham, Noah, Musa (Moses), Eesa (Jesus) [upon him be peace] and Muhammad [peace be upon him], brought the same message of Pure Monotheism/“Tawheed”.
Hence, Islaam (submission to the Creator alone in peace) teaches that true happiness can only be obtained by living a life full of aherence to the commandments of Allaah and being satisfied with what He has given us.
May Allaah count us among those who submit to Him and grant us al-Jannah.