Islam is a faith and comprehensive way of life that literally means “peace through submission to God”. It provides a clear understanding of a person’s relationship with God, purpose in life, and ultimate destiny. A Muslim is someone who adopts the Islamic way of life by believing in the Oneness of God and the prophethood of Muhammad, peace be upon him (pbuh). Today, Islam is one of the fastest growing religions and is practiced by more than 1.2 billion Muslims across the world.
The most essential principle in Islam is the purely monotheistic belief in one God. God is the Creator of everything in the universe and is unique from His creation. Muslims are encouraged to develop a direct and personal relationship with God without any intermediaries. Muslims often refer to God as Allah, which simply means “God” in the Arabic language. Arabic-speaking Jews and Christians also refer to God as Allah. God describes Himself in the holy book of Muslims, the Quran (also spelled ‘Koran’), by stating: “Say, ‘He is God the One, God the eternal. He begot no one nor was He begotten. No one is comparable to Him.'” (Quran 112:1-4)