Al-Islam quite literally means “the submission”. The name “As-Salaam“, which is one of the many beautiful names of G’d, means “The Peace“. The word “islam“(submission) is derived from the word “salaam“(peace). The name for one who practices this submission is “Muslim” (one who submits). Those who practice “Al-Islam” then are those that submit to “As-Salaam“, G’d, The Creator of all. When we put it altogether, Muslims are those who gain peace by practicing “Al-Islam” (submission). Al-Islam is a way of life professed and practiced by over 1.8 billion people on earth.
The message of Al-Islam was revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings on him) over 1,400 years ago. It was revealed through angel Gabriel (on whom be peace) and was thus preserved in the Holy Qur’an. The Holy Qur’an carries a divine guarantee of safeguard from interpolation and it combines the best features of the earlier scriptures.
The primary message of Al-Islam is the Unity of G’d, that the Creator of the world is One and He alone is worthy of worship and that Muhammad (peace and blessings on him) is His Messenger and Servant.