Islam And Muslim:
Islam is an Arabic Word which means peace, purity, acceptance and commitment. The religion of Islam is the complete acceptance of the teachings and guidance of God ( Allah being his proper name ). i.e. surrender to the Will of God.
A Muslim is one who accepts freely and willingly the supreme power of God and strives for total recognition of his life according to the revealed teachings of God. He also works towards the establishment of a just and equitable social order which would totally reflect the guidance of God.
Continuity of Message:
Islam is not a new religion. It is, in essence, the same message and guidance which God revealed to all His Prophets ( May his peace be upon them all ).
“Say. We believe in God 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. (The Holy Quran).
The message which was revealed to Muhammad (p.b.u.h.), the Last Prophet, is Islam in its comprehensive, complete and final form.