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Offline Mubashir

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What does the word Islam means
« on: November 25, 2019, 02:22:01 AM »
Salam friends

I am curious to learn what the term Islam means based on Arabic lexicons and relevant root words. Is it Submission [to Allah's guidance] or peace? Once we know, the next question would be who is a Muslim? One who submits or one who is peaceful?

Thanks.

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Re: What does the word Islam means
« Reply #1 on: November 26, 2019, 02:12:06 PM »
Salam brother Mubashir,

Here is a quote from IslamQA
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If you refer to Arabic language dictionaries you will find out that the meaning of the word Islam is: submission, humbling oneself, and obeying commands and heeding prohibitions without objection, sincerely worshipping Allaah alone, believing what He tells us and having faith in Him.

From my limited perspective, the way I see it is that islam means to submit to and obey God's teachings. Being peaceful as you stated is one of those teachings that must be obeyed.

I hope this helps in a small way,

Regards
Ahmed.

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Re: What does the word Islam means
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2019, 02:11:10 PM »
Thanks Br Ahmed. Wanted to learn because depending who you ask, you get different answers. Some say Submission others say Peace.

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Re: What does the word Islam means
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2019, 11:40:42 PM »
The word "islam" has nothing to do with a religion nor is it inherently linked to God.

The theoretical meaning of the Arabic word form can be either submission or peacemaking. They are linked meanings when you think about it.

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Re: What does the word Islam means
« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2019, 02:05:33 PM »
Salaam

The word Islam has been assigned as a religion by God so it is in this context the OP has asked what the meaning is.

Quran 5:3

".....This day are those who disbelieve in despair of (ever harming) your religion; so fear them not, fear Me! This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you, and have chosen for you as religion al-Islam...."

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Re: What does the word Islam means
« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2019, 11:35:00 PM »
peace TS,

Mubashir asked what does "Islam" (with a capital I) mean. The answer is it is a meaningless title. However when he mentions lexicon and root word he is obviously referring to its underlying meaning, its origin etc NOT as a title. Hence my answer.

It's like asking what does "John" mean. Well, perhaps the name originally had a meaning but to a person named John it is almost entirely irrelevant, as he may embody the original meaning, he may not.

You claim a capitalised meaningless word has been assigned as a religion by God? That is illogical. It is only true if one embodies the meaning.

If I were to translate that part of 5:3 I would render it as:

"...and I have approved for you submission/peacemaking as an obligation/system..."

Now it makes sense...... to me at least.


Reference:
https://www.misconceptions-about-islam.com/more.htm

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Re: What does the word Islam means
« Reply #6 on: December 02, 2019, 06:56:13 PM »
Salaam


To me it seemed that Mubashir was talking in context to religion when he asked...'the next question would be who is a Muslim'.

Of course the word Islam has an intrinsic meaning but it has been allocated this name as for our religion.

Islam is the name of the religion as Christianity and Judaism are religions.

Simply a title to demarcate the faith. That makes sense to me.