In the Name of God “The Most Gracious and Most Merciful.”
Man has been seeking for his Creator from the beginning of known human history. He has called his Creator by many different names, at different times and in different places.
According to religion the earliest created man and woman were aware of their Creator and prayed to Him. As time passed their descendants did not transmit the knowledge of the Creator to their offspring properly. At some point in time they lost this knowledge almost completely.
The created man has an innate nature to seek for his Creator. While seeking for his Creator, anything that were very powerful, enormous, or unusual, drew his attention and he worshipped them. He even worshipped fellow human beings who could perform magic or miracles.
Man devised many different religions through his intellect to serve mankind. The knowledge of man is very limited and imperfect. He has no knowledge of the future and the hereafter. Therefore, all religions developed through human intellect are imperfect and are products of human imaginations.
God only has perfect knowledge. His guidance can only be perfect. The very kind and loving God has provided us with that guidance through special people we call prophets.Religions can be divided into two broad groups, philosophical and revealed religions. The founders of the philosophical religions were highly respectable and intelligent people of the society. They never claimed to be Prophets or to have received revelations from God. They have used their intelligence for this purpose. Therefore the philosophical religions can not be perfect and are unsuitable for the salvation of mankind.
The revealed religions are religions revealed by God through His Prophets. If these revelations were recorded by the Prophets at the firno of revelation and thereafter remained unaltered, then they would be the perfect guidance for mankind.
Religions, in general, are named after their founders. For example, Christianity named after Prophet Jesus Christ (P*), Buddhism after Gautama Buddha, and Zoroastnanism after Zoroaster. Judaism was named after the tribe of Judah and the country of Judea. But Islam was not named after any person, or any tribe, or any country. It was named after the principle for which it stands.
Islam means submission to the will and law of God and one who willingly submits to God is a Muslim. The other meaning of the word `Islam` is peace. So a Muslim is one who willingly submits to the commandments of his Creator and lives in peace. Often times the news media of the western world reports "Islamic terrorists". These two words are mutually contradictory. One who is peaceful can not be terrorist, and one who is terrorist can not be peaceful. The same news media, when reporting on Northern Ireland, do not say "Christian terrorists".
Islam is the universal religion for all mankind. Every creation in the universe submits to the law of God. From the tiny atom to the vast universe, everything constantly follow the laws of God. Every cell of our body was created by the physical and chemical laws laid down by God. As such, by definition, all were born as Muslims. After attaining maturity, when we use our God-given intelligence to deny the existence of God or refuse to submit to His commandments, we become non-Muslims. Even at that time, the physical body of a nonMuslim and its functions have to follow the laws laid down by God and remains as Muslim, although his tongue defiantly proclaims to be a non-Muslim.
All the Prophets of the past willingly submitted to the will of God. The Holy Bible reports that Prophet Jesus (PC fervently begged God to spare his life, saying: `"Abba, Father, all things are possible to thee; remove this cup from me; yet not what I will, but what thou wilt" (Mark 14:35-36).