Islam and Muslim
Islam is an Arabic word which means peace, purity, acceptance and commitment. As a religion, Islam calls for complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of God. A Muslim is one who freely and willingly accepts the supreme power of God and strives to organize his life in total accord with the teachings of God.
He also works for building social institutions which reflect the guidance of God."Muhammadanism" is a misnomer for Islam and offends its very spirit since the Prophet Muhammad was a messenger of God, and not a divine being worshipped by Muslims. Muslims use the word "Allah" for the English word "God." The understanding of Deity in Islam differs from some of the connotations in the English word, God. For the convenience of English speaking readers.
Islam is not a new religion. It is, in essence, the same message and guidance which God revealed to all His previous messengers. Say: We believe in Allah and that which was revealed to us, and that which was revealed to Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac and Jacob and the tribes and that which was given to Moses and Jesus and to the Prophets from their Lord; we make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we submit. Qur`an 3.83.The message which was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) is Islam in its comprehensive, complete and final form.