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What does Islam actually mean?

The word “Islam” is often literally translated as “submission,” but upon further linguistic analysis we see a much deeper meaning emerge. The Arabic root of Islam is s-l-m meaning “peace” (salam). Therefore, the meaning of submission in Islam is not a forceful submission. Rather, it is a peaceful, willing submission where the individual realizes a higher power and submits fully to God’s teachings and preferences or will over their own ego and vices.The vision of Islam is that this coming into harmony with divine will creates an internal and external peace for the soul and for society at large.

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