Islam is an Arabic word, which means voluntary submission to the will of Almighty God. A person who practices Islam is called a Muslim.
Islam is not a new faith, but is a confirmation of the same message which was bought by all the Prophets including Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, David, Moses and Jesus (Peace be upon then all). But the message which was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) is Islam in its comprehensive, complete and final form.
The message of Islam is not reserved exclusively for people from any particular area of the world. The message of Islam is for everyone in every part of the world, every background, and every colour.
The word ‘religion’, does not really describe Islam. Nowadays, when we use this word, it is usually referring to a person’s spiritual beliefs, and as society is moving more and more towards secularism, religion is something that we do in private, or on a particular day of the week. Islam is more than just a religion, it is a complete way of life. It covers every aspect of our lives from birth to death. Islam teaches us what to do from the moment we wake up in the morning, until the moment we go to sleep. It teaches us how to interact with people around us, what to eat so we stay healthy, and how to conduct ourselves in business so we are fair and honest. No situation in life is excluded. This is what makes Islam different, unique and more than just a religion.
Muslims take their guidance from the Qur’an, the words of God revealed to the final Prophet, Muhammad, as well as from the Hadith. The Hadith is the teachings, sayings and actions of Prophet Muhammad. These were meticulously reported and collected by his devoted companions, and elaborate on, and help to explain the Qur’anic verses.