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Islam is an Arabic word. It is derived from the root-words Silm , or Salm , which means peace, submission, and obedience. The religion of Islam consists of the complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of God as revealed to His Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
Along with this, "Islam" means belief in three articles of faith , viz . "TAUHEED" , "NUBUW-WAT" and "QIYAMAT". Those who believe in these three Articles are called Muslims.
In the following verses, Holy Quran uses the word Islam in the meaning of total surrender to God :
[an-Nisa' 4:125] And who has a better religion than he who submits himself entirely to Allah? And he is the doer of good (to others) and follows the faith of Ibrahim, the upright one, and Allah took Ibrahim as a friend.
[As-Saaf-faat 37:103] So when they both ( Abraham and Ishmael) submitted and he threw him down upon his forehead,
[Al-Imraan 3:20] But if they dispute with you, say: I have submitted myself entirely to Allah and (so) every one who follows me; and say to those who have been given the Book and the unlearned people: Do you submit yourselves? So if they submit then indeed they follow the right way; and if they turn back, then upon you is only the delivery of the message and Allah sees the people.
[Luqmaan 31:22] And whoever submits himself wholly to Allah and he is the doer of good (to others), he indeed has taken hold of the firmest thing upon which one can lay hold; and Allah's is the end of affairs.
It stands for a commitment to surrender one's will to the Will of God . To surrender ones will to the Will of God means that God should be supreme object of one's love and devotion and that one should follow God's religion and Islamic system in all walks of life like individual, social , economic , political and cultural.
The other meaning of the word Islam is peace and security . The root-meaning of the word Islam is