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Introduction To Islam Islam and MuslimsThe word Islam is an Arabic word which means submission to thewill of God This word comes from the same root as the Arabic wordsalam which means peace As such the religion of Islamteaches that in order to achieve true peace of mind and surety of heartone must submit to God and live according to His Divinely revealed Law Themost important truth that God revealed to mankind is that there is nothingdivine or worthy of being worshipped except for Almighty God thus all humanbeings should submit to Him The word Muslim means one who submitsto the will of God regardless of their race nationality or ethnic backgroundBeing a Muslim entails willful submission and active obedience to God andliving in accordance with His message Some people mistakenly believe thatIslam is just a religion for Arabs but nothing could be further from thetruth Not only are there converts to Islam in every corner of the worldespecially in England and America but by taking a look at the Muslim Worldfrom Bosnia to Nigeria and from Indonesia to Morocco one can clearly seethat Muslims come from many various races ethnic groups and nationalitiesIt is also interesting to note that in actuality more than 80 of all Muslimsare not Arabs - there are more Muslims in Indonesia than in the whole ArabWorld So though even though it is true that most Arabs are Muslims thelarge majority of Muslims are not Arabs However anyone who submits completelyto God and worships Him alone is a Muslim Continuity of the MessageIslam is not a new religion because submission to the will of Godie Islam has always been the only acceptable religion in the sight ofGod For this reason Islam is the true natural religion and itis the same eternal message revealed through the ages to all of Gods prophetsand messengers Muslims believe that all of Gods prophets which includeAbraham Noah Moses Jesus and Muhammad brought the same message
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