It is derived from the Arabic verb Aslama to Surrender/Submit (to the will of the One and Only God).
It is the religion of submission and a follower of Islam is called a Muslim. Another form of Islam is Hanif.
2: 128 "Our Lord! make of us Muslims bowing to Thy (Will) [muslimeeni] and of our progeny a people Muslim [Muslimata] bowing to Thy (Will) and show us our places for the celebration of (due) rites; and turn unto us (in mercy); for Thou art the Oft-Returning Most-Merciful.
2: 132 And this was the legacy that Abraham left to his sons and so did Jacob; "O my sons! Allah hath chosen the faith for you; then die not except in the faith of Islam [muslimoona]."
133 Were ye witnesses when death appeared before Jacob? Behold he said to his sons: "What will ye worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship thy Allah and the Allah of thy fathers of Abraham Isma`il and Isaac the one (true) Allah to Him we bow (in Islam) [muslimoona]."
2:133 "Were ye witnesses when death appeared before Jacob? Behold he said to his sons: "What will ye worship after me?" They said: "We shall worship thy Allah and the Allah of thy fathers of Abraham Isma'il and Isaac the one (true) Allah to Him we bow (in Islam) [wa nahnoo lahoo muslimoona]."
2:136Say ye: "We believe in Allah and the revelation given to us and to Abraham Isma'il Isaac Jacob and the Tribes and that given to Moses and Jesus and that given to (all) Prophets from their Lord we make no difference between one and another of them and we bow to Allah (in Islam) [wa nahnoo lahoo muslimoona]."
3:64 Say: "O people of the Book! come to common terms as between us and you: that we worship none but Allah; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not from among ourselves Lords and patrons other than Allah." If then they turn back say: "Bear witness that we (at least) are Muslims (bowing to Allah's will) [ash-hadoo bi anna muslimoona]"
3: 67 "Abraham was not a Jew nor yet a Christian but he was true in faith and bowed his will to Allah's (which is Islam) [muslima] and he joined not gods with Allah" Those who submit to the will of the God of Abraham.
Abraham - who preceded Muhammad by some twenty five centuries - is the best example of a Muslim since he totally surrendered to the will of God when He instructed him to sacrifice his one and only son Isaac by Sarah; he did not argue, prevaricate or hesitate at obeying God's extremely harsh demand.
In fact the Quran itself asserts that all and every Israelite or Jew is a Muslim (2:128; 131/6; 5:5; 6:125; 49:14).
3:84Say: "We believe in Allah and in what has been revealed to us and what was revealed to Abraham Isma'il Isaac Jacob and the Tribes and in (Books) given to Moses Jesus and the Prophets from their Lord; we make no distinction between one and another among them and to Allah do we bow our will (in Islam) [wa nahnoo lahoo muslimoona]"
3: 85If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to Allah) [al Islami] never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter he will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good).
5: 44It was We who revealed the law (to Moses); therein was guidance and light. By its standard have been judged the Jews by the Prophets who bowed (as in Islam) to Allah's will[al Nabiyoon al latheena Aslamoo] by the Rabbis and the doctors of Law: for to them was entrusted the protection of Allah's Book and they were witnesses thereto: therefore fear not men but fear Me and sell not My Signs for a miserable price. If any do fail to judge by (the light of) what Allah hath revealed they are (no better than) unbelievers.
28: 52 Those to whom We sent the Book before this they do believe in this (Revelation);53 And when it is recited to them they say: "We believe therein for it is the Truth from our Lord: indeed we have been Muslims (bowing to Allah's Will) from before this [min qablihi Muslimeen]."
*** This verse is crystal clear in asserting that thePeople of the BookareMUSLIMS long before Muhammad and his Quranic 'revelations' ***
29: 46 "And dispute ye not with the People of the Book except with means better (than mere disputation) unless it be with those of them who inflict wrong (and injury): but say "We believe in the Revelation which has come down to us and in that which came down to you; Our Allah and your Allah is one; and it is to Him we bow (in Islam) [wa Ilahuna wa Ilahukum wahidoo, wa nahnoo lahoo Muslimoona]."
***Once more does the Quran clearly identify the God of the People of the Book with the new IslamizedAllah of pagan Arabia.
Hence all Jews are Muslimoon/ Muslims, believing in the one Allah. This should not be a surprise to the Jews of the Mosaic faith since their forefathers, the Hebrews and later the Israelites were obviously the first to conceive of, believe in and submit to the will of the One and Only God:
the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.
The foundation of the whole of the CULT of Muhammad rests on the Quran(Linked to Allah) and the Sunna(Linked to the person of Muhammad).
Not once in the Quran, can one find any connection between Abraham, Ishmael and the Arabs. TheQuran only asserts thatAbraham and Ishmaelwere'Muslimoon' and as such, the fathers of Islam but never of the Arabs.
In the mind of Muhammad, his 'Islam' was not a new religion but only the continuation and culmination of the previous revelations. At no point does the Quran imply otherwise.
Since according to the above mentioned Ayat/Verses of the Quran that Adam, Abraham - the spiritual ancestor of Islam -, Isaac, Jacob, the Tribes, Moses, Aharon etc were all Muslims - because they submitted to the will of the One and Only Allah - then all 'Jews' are obviously also Muslims
It is hence a corollary, that to be a Muslim,is independent of the belief thatMuhammad was the messenger of Allah or in the contents of the Quran since all of the above leaders/prophets did not know of either of them.
It was only for the pagan Arabs and other pagans that it was incumbant to believe in Muhammad as the messenger of Allah.
That is why a clear and unambiguous distinction must be made, from now on and forever more, between the terms: Muslim and Muhammadan.
Any monotheist is a Muslim but not all Muslims are Muhammadans;some Muslims are of the Mosaic faith (Moussawi). In fact any Christian who believes that Jesus wasonly a prophet but not also the son of God, is also a Muslim.
The Muhammadan Arabs cannot claim primacy over the Jewsin any way shape or form.
The Israelites and their descendants, the Jews, preceded them in 'Islam' by at least 2100 years if counting only from the giving of the Torah in Sinai.
Allahafter all, according to the Quran, was the God of the Hebrews, the Israelites and the Jews.
The Quran accuses 'the Jews'of having killed 'the prophets'.This very suitable accusation was copied from the New Testament to villify the Jews and make the Muhammadans look morally and ethically superior.
As usual, the Quran doesNOT back up its accusation with facts, whether historical or theological. Invariably, the Quranic diatribes and calumny against the 'Jews', Christians and Pagan Arabs are entirely FALSE,withoult FOUNDATION,SELF-SERVING, and totally MENDACIOUS.
The questions to be asked are:
Which prophets did the Jews kill?
Which particular 'Jews' killed which prophet?
When were the individual prophets killed?
Why blame 'all the Jews for all time' for any instance in which one or more of THEIR prophets were killed?
Since these prophets were of the Jews anyway, so why make such an incredible fuss?
What about all the Arab 'prophets' and leaders - such as Ali, Hassan, Hussein etc etc - who were murdered by the by the 'Muslim' followers of Muhammad?
Using the same 'logic', thenALLMuhammadan Muslims should then be held responsible and guilty for their murder also.
Why throw stones when one's own home is definitely made of glass?
It is a crystal clear fact, that there is not one single PRACTICAL and NEW,SPIRITUAL or INTELLECTUAL; PRECEPT,CONCEPT, THOUGHT, or IDEA in the whole of the Quran, which is in any way shape or form EQUAL or SUPERIOR to anything, that it, the Quran, has PLAGIARISED, PLUNDERED, PIRATED and/or PERVERTED from the BIBLE, the NEW TESTAMENT, ZOROASTERIAN religion, PAGAN ARABIAN religion, their traditions, their fetishes and/or their Scriptures.
In fact most of the Quran only paraphrases and recites in a different and inauthentic manner episodes, precepts and laws copied entirely from the Bible and Hebrew Scriptures as well as the New Testament.
Contrary to all the false and falsified assertions made by Muhammadan scholars and historians - their 'islamic' and the alleged Arab historical records - the Quran itself and the Hadiths show, that it was never a religion of PEACE(read 2:190,192;4:74,76;5:34/5; 8:39,65; 9:5,29,73; 47:8 for examples).
The Muhammadan version of Islam flourished because of its propencity for AGGRESSION,PILLAGE,RAPE,ENSLAVEMENT and PLUNDER during the lifetime of Muhammad, on his orders and/ or by his examples.
His followers continued the processes of conquest and subjugation in the ArabianPeninsula to start with, followed by the invasion of tens of countries and millions of peoples on three continents, not one of which was through dialogue or conviction.
At the present time as in the past, it is not'Islam' that is holding Muhammadans back but the self appointed theologians and religious leaders who cling tenaciously to outdated, unverifiable and irrational 'traditions'.
The Quranic text is a minefield littered with EXTREME and HATEMONGERING concepts, ideologies and DOGMAS that are fixed FOREVER in the
TIME WARP of the 7th CENTURY
and have very little relevance to the PRESENT or the FUTURE.