The word Islam means voluntary “Submission” or “Surrender” to the Will of Allah. It derives from the root word “salam,” meaning peace.
In the Quran, Allah defines that the only purpose for which He created mankind is to Worship Him. Islam recognizes that humankind has free choice in whether to obey or disobey Allah, but ultimately we will be held accountable to Allah in the next life for the choices that we make in this life.
Islam is a natural way of life that encourages one to give due attention to their relationship with Allah and His creation. Islam teaches that it is through the doing of good deeds and seeking the pleasure of Allah that souls find true happiness and peace. It is in this context that the word Islam derives from the root word “salam,” or peace.