The Religion’s Name
Assalammualaykum brother and sister…
The first thing that one should know and clearly understand about Islam, is what the word “Islam” itself means. The arabic word “Islam” means the submission or surrender of one’s will to the only true God, known in arabic as “Allah”. One who submits his will to God is termed in Arabic a “Muslim”.
The religion of Islam is not named after a person or a people, nor was it decided by a later generation of man, as in the case of Christianity which was named after Jesus Christ, Buddhism after Gautama Budha, Confusianism after Confucius, Marxism after Karl Marx, Judaism after the tribe of Judah and Hinduism after the Hindus.
Islam (submission to the will of the God) is the religion which was given to Adam, the first man and the first prophet of God, and it was the religion of all the prophets sent by Allah to mankind. Further, its name was chosen by God Himself, and clearly mentioned in the final scripture which He revealed to man. In that final revelation, called in Arabic the Quran Allah states the following:
” This day have perfected your religion for you, completed My favor upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion” (Quran 5:3)
“If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to God, never will it be accepted of Him.” (Quran 3:85)
Hence, Islam does not claim to be a new religion brought by prophet Mohammed into Arabia in the seventh century, but rather to be a re-expression in its final form of the true religion of Almighty God, Allah, as it was originally revealed to Adam and subsequent prophets.
At this point, we might comment briefly on two other religions that claim to be a true path. Nowhere in the Bibble will you find God revealing the Prophet Moses’ people or their descendants that their religion is called Judaism, or to the followers of Christ that their religion is called Christianity. In other words, the names “Judaism” and “Christianity” had no divine origin or approval. It was not until long after his departure that the name Christianity was given to Jesus religion.
Source: “The True Religion” book