in the Holy Qur'an:
"This day the
have given up
all hope of your
fear them not;
fear only Me.
This day I have
religion for you
My favour upon
you and have
chosen Islam as
[The Holy Qur'an, Surah Al-Ma'idah, Verse 3]
A Hadith of
(peace be upon him)
"If a person accepts Islam sincerely, then Allah will forgive all his past sins, and the reward of his good deeds will be ten times to seven hundred times for each
Arabic word Islam means 'surrender' or 'submission'. It is derived from the word Aslama which is from the same root as Salam, the word for Peace. According to the religious context, Islam means complete surrender to the will of God (Allah). In the broader meanings it is a complete religion which requires submission to the Will of Allah and obedience to the laws of Allah as set down in the final of His Books, the Holy Qur'an. Millions of people around the globe have accepted this submission to Allah, and even more and more people are entering Islam. The spread of Islam has always based on the strength and simplicity of this religion, and its emphasis on ideas of existence and oneness of God, punishment and reward in the everlasting life after a temporary life in this world.
Islam is as wide in its conception as humanity itself. According to the Qur'an, Islam was the religion of every prophet and messenger of God, and Muhammad being the final of all prophets. Islam means 'Peace', in other words to be in or enter into a state of peace. The name Islam was given to this religion by none but Allah Himself. It is a complete way of life for mankind. As God says in His final Message, the Holy Qur'an:
"This day I have perfected your religion for you and completed My favour upon you and have chosen Islam as your religion."[The Holy Qur'an, Surah 5:4]
Islam is the true religion of all mankind
. The message of Islam has been given from the time of the Prophet Adam (peace be upon him), and renewed through many prophets chosen by God to inform humanity of the way of life leading to God. The fundamental teaching of each of those prophets was the same: "There is no deity, nor object worthy of worship, except God alone - Allah. This very message was perfected by God in the final Scriptures revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).
According to the Islamic faith Prophet Adam, Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Job, David, Solomon, Elias, Moses, Aaron, Jonah, John, Jesus and many others (peace be upon them all) are accepted true prophets of God. They all are considered as Muslims because they surrendered and submitted themselves to the Will of God. They not only followed the commands of God but also spread the Message of God to their fellow men.
Therefore, by its broader definition, the people who accepted the teachings of God's prophets in their time in their original form, were also Muslims; they surrendered themselves to the will of Allah, The Exalted God.