Islam, the religion of peace: ISLAM and SALAM linked


The religion of Islam is the religion of peace. Some people argue that the term Islam is not related to the Arabic “notion” of “peace” is not correct. The word “Islam” is a derived noun from the root S L M – it is masdar (Verbal Noun) of baab ifaal. Arabic grammarians and religious scholars have written vastly the implication of meaning due to the root. This is clearly evident in Tafsir, Hadith, Fiqh etc.

The word Islam does come from the root of SALAM. That is different than saying “the word ISLAM=PEACE.” Islam comes from root word of As-Salamu. Therefore, the word ISLAM does come from the root of SALAM. Any root based dictionary will verify this.

Muslims have associated the word Islam and Peace – from pretty early and it is not a modern Muslim invention. The linkage has demonstrable evidence throughout history. The Quran also uses the word SILM to refer to ISLAM (the religion) – the base variation of SALM. The meaning is Peace (The Quran 2:208).

Let us observe some relevant Quranic verses:

[2:126]  Abraham prayed: “My Lord, make this a Peaceful land, and provide its people with fruits. Provide for those who believe in GOD and the Last Day…”

.[4:94]  O you who believe, if you strike in the cause of GOD, you shall be absolutely sure. Do not say to one who offers you PEACE, “You are not a believer…”

 [4:114]  There is nothing good about their private conferences, except for those who advocate charity, or righteous works, or making PEACE among the people. Anyone who does this, in response to GOD’s teachings, we will grant him a great recompense.

[5:16]  With it, GOD guides those who seek His approval. He guides them to the paths of PEACE, leads them out of darkness into the light by His leave, and guides them in a straight path.

[6:54]  When those who believe in our revelations come to you, you shall say, “Salamun `Alaykum (PEACE be upon you). Your Lord has decreed mercy upon Himself…

[8:61]  If they resort to PEACE, so shall you, and put your trust in GOD. He is the Hearer, the Omniscient.

[9:4]  If the idol worshipers sign a PEACE treaty with you, and do not violate it, nor band together with others against you, you shall fulfill your treaty with them until the expiration date. GOD loves the righteous.

[10:10]  Their prayer therein is: “Be You glorified, our god,” their greeting therein is, “PEACE,” and their ultimate prayer is: “Praise be to GOD, Lord of the universe.”

[10:25]  GOD invites to the abode of PEACE, and guides whoever wills (to be guided) in a straight path.

[11:69]  When our messengers went to Abraham with good news, they said, “PEACE.” He said, “PEACE,” and soon brought a roasted calf.

[25:63]  The worshipers of the Most Gracious are those who tread the earth gently, and when the ignorant speak to them, they only utter PEACE.

[28:55]  When they come across vain talk, they disregard it and say, “We are responsible for our deeds, and you are responsible for your deeds. PEACE be upon you. We do not wish to behave like the ignorant ones.”

[36:58]  Greetings of PEACE from a Most Merciful Lord.

[49:10]  The believers are members of one family; you shall keep the PEACE within your family and reverence GOD, that you may attain mercy.

[59:23]  He is the One GOD; there is no other god beside Him. The King, the Most Sacred, the PEACE, the Most Faithful, the Supreme, the Almighty, the Most Powerful, the Most Dignified. GOD be glorified…

Therefore, Islam is absolutely a religion of peace. A genuine Muslim should always work for peace. It is indeed amazing that according to the Quran, God’s one attribute is, “PEACE.” So does still anybody have any doubt that whether the Islam is the religion of peace? Thank you and may God bless you.

Musa Ali, PhD

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