Meaning Of The Word Islam: The Standing Committee Why Is Islam Called So?
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What is the meaning of the word Islam?
Praise be to Allaah.
If you refer to Arabic language dictionaries you
will find out that the meaning of the word Islam is:
submission, humbling oneself, and obeying commands and
heeding prohibitions without objection, sincerely
worshipping Allaah alone, believing what He tells us
and having faith in Him. The word Islam has become the
name of the religion which was brought by Muhammad
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).
Why is this religion called Islam? For all the
religions on earth are called by various names, either
the name of a specific man or a specific nation. So
Christianity takes its name from Christ; Buddhism
takes its name from its founder, the Buddha; the
Zoroastrians became well known by this name because
their founder and standard-bearer was Zoroaster.
Similarly, Judaism took its name from a tribe known as
Yehudah (Judah), so it became known as Judaism. And so
on. Except for Islam, for it is not attributed to any
specific man or to any specific nation, rather its
name refers to the meaning of the word Islam. What
this name indicates is that the establishment and
founding of this religion was not the work of one
particular man and that it is not only for one
particular nation to the exclusion of all others.
Rather its aim is give the attribute implied by the
word Islam to all the peoples of the earth. So
everyone who acquires this attribute, whether he is
from the past or the present, is a Muslim, and
everyone who acquires this attribute in the future
will also be a Muslim.
From Kitaab al-Islam Usooluhu wa Mabaadi'uhu by Dr.
Muhammad ibn ‘Abd-Allaah ibn Saalih al-Suhaym.
The Standing Committee Why is Islam
called so ?
Why is Islam called so ?
Praise be to Allaah.
A: In Arabic, Islam means surrender . It has been
taken to describe the status of the one who embraces
Allah's Religion for he surrenders his will to Allah
and abide by the rules set by Him and conveyed via His
Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him. Allah says
about Ibrahim, peace be upon him, "When his Lord said
to him, "Submit (be a Muslim )!" He said, "I have
submitted myself (as a Muslim ) to the Lord of all
that exists. " [al-Baqarah 2:131 – interpretation of
the meaning] .
The Standing Committee
al-Da'wah magazine, no. 1789, p. 42.