Don't get confused between the words 'Islam' and 'Salam'

According to Arabic language dictionaries the meaning of the word 'Islam' is submission to God Almighty alone, humbling oneself and obeying His orders unconditionally. "Islam" is a verb, derived from the root word "aslama" meaning to submit or to surrender (to Allah Almighty only). The term 'Muslim' is a noun referring to those persons who submit or surrender their purpose to Allah. Both these words, "Islam" and "Muslim," are used in the Glorious Quran precisely in the context stated above. As with the noun, the prefix "mu" is added which signifies performing the act of submitting to Allah. Thus, it becomes "mu-islam" or simply "Muslim."

There are several Muslim writers who give a very incorrect interpretation of the word "Islam." They claim that 'Islam' is derived from the word 'salam' which means 'peace' and it's also a greeting. Indeed 'salam' means peace and it is a greeting incumbent upon all believers when they meet one another. This is a dictate of the Glorious Quran. But 'salam' is not associated with the word 'Islam.'

Both "Islam" and "salam" carry beautiful meanings, but they are two different terms with different definitions. The misinterpretation is sometimes a result of genuine ignorance. At other times, it is intentionally twisted to promote inter-faith dialogues and appease its participants.


  1. Correct. I agree with you. This is a common misconception. Thanks and May Allah swt bless you with an abundance of Jaza e khair for completing your duties with passion.



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