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What Does ‘Islam’ Mean?

The word, ‘Islam’ is derived from the Arabic root, SLM, which means, ‘submission’ or ‘peace’. Only through submission to Allâh can one achieve true peace. Some people refer to the religion as “Muhammadanism” and its followers as “Muhammadans”. This misnomer was coined as a part of a deliberate attempt to create the wrong notion that the religion was founded by Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) and that Muslims worship him in the same manner as Christians worship Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him). Islam is a unique religion with a name which signifies a moral attitude and a way of life. Muslims derive their identity from the message of Islam, rather than from the person of Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him). Judaism takes its name from the tribe of Judah, Christianity from Jesus Christ (Peace be upon him), Buddhism from Goutama Buddha, and Hinduism from the Indus River. Muslims do not believe that Islam was founded by Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him). Muslims worship only the One True God and they believe that Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon him) was only a mortal who was chosen by Allâh as a prophet to guide mankind. He stands as the best model in history for man in piety and perfection. His life is the greatest proof of what man can be and of what he can accomplish in the realm of excellence and virtue.

" If anyone desires a religion other than Islam (submission to God), never will it be accepted of him; and in the Hereafter He will be in the ranks of those who have lost (all spiritual good). "

[The Qurân Ch: 3 Ali Imran, V: 85]

It's Just Rude.

On Jumbled Thoughts

Since I've been in college, I've seen myself grow more and more mature and I've seen my high school classmates do the same, via social networking. As my high school classmates have grown, I've also seen the obnoxious things they post on Facebook change. It went from talking about stupid things like having a first part-time job or doing the annual spirit day, to talking about fraternities/sororities they're joining or not being able to wait till they turn 21, etc. In this case, I've seen A LOT of them practicing their religious beliefs on Facebook while at the same time being so offensive that it is disgusting. I've also seen a lot of these people picking and choosing when to use the bible in order to prove a point. For example, just after it was announced that Obama won the election, a republican individual whom I went to high school with posted a status stating that gay people should never be able to get married and actually call it marriage because the definition of marriage in the bible says a civil union between man and woman. He said that if gays want to get married “they should come up with their own gay name for it.” He said that since gay marriage is basically a new invention, that it should get a new name, because that’s what happens with all new inventions.

This to me was probably one of the most ridiculous things I had ever witnessed. Considering I knew this person, and had never ONCE seen him talk about anything religious is what makes it the most immoral to me. Now, I understand that maybe it does "say" that in the bible, but I also saw the situation as him using the bible as a moral code for himself only when it was convenient for him.

The fact that I see this happening so much, even now, drives me absolutely insane. I can’t understand using something that individuals hold so high, to your specific advantage. I think it’s disrespectful and that these people seriously need to reevaluate the way they look at things. Like, I'm all about having beliefs, but I'm not about demeaning people with my own beliefs.

Not only was his ignorance disgusting, but also his disregard for any type of understanding truly worries me. I just hope that when I have children and I teach them specific things that they will never use it to put people down like this person did. I can only hope that my children will always respect others for whatever they choose to do even if they don’t agree. My children will know that even if something is strange to them that everyone should always be treated as equals.

The fact that this happened over a year ago and it is still something that I think about and something that bothers me, should say something about the impact of what people say on social media. There's not many things that I truly hate on Facebook, but this is definitely one of them.

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