Islam means a state of health or of nature. From aslama, meaning ‘he submitted himself or he entered into peace’, is derived the name of the system, Islam, and the name of its adherents, the Muslims.1 Islam is the primordial state of health or nature in which God (al-Ilāh or Allāh, lit. ‘the God’) created man and the universe. It is through submission to God’s will that peace and the realisation of one’s destiny can be achieved. Islam is the natural religion of everyone in the universe: ‘And whoever is in the heavens and the earth makes obeisance to God only, willingly and unwillingly, and their shadows too, at morn and eve.’2
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