Religion with God is the Surrender (Islam)
Surah ‘Aali ‘Imraan (The Family of Imran - 3), Stage – 1,
Verse – 19a of 200, Section – 2 of 20, (Part one half of – 3)
In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
Lo! Religion with Allah (is) the Surrender (Al-Islam) (to His Will and Guidance).
‘Innad-Diina ‘indAllaahil- ‘Islaam.
‘Al- ‘Islaam – ( the Surrender, believing in the religion of God, obedience), literal meaning of Islam is ‘to surrender oneself’. Due to this respect, this religion is called “Islam”, because a Muslim affirms to bow his neck before the commands of Allah Almighty and surrender himself fully to One Most High God Almighty, as though, Islam is the name of “Accepting and obeying” and Muslim-hood (Musalmaani) is “the obedience).
Diinun – This word has two meanings,
It means such way of meditation and action; which is a foundation for consideration and deeds of an individual and a nation. The Fashion of life; which Allah Almighty has liked for His servants (Human beings), is Islam, that is to say; subjection and obedience, perfect and last form of which appeared in the world by means of Messenger Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah be upon him).
Although, all former Prophets (peace be upon them) brought the same religion named Islam and invited their own folks unto the pure unity of God Almighty by delivering His commands. But in this regard, which perfect in all respect, collective and universal commands and guidelines have been passed by the last Messenger of Allah Almighty (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah be upon him), those have preference in many ways from ancient religious laws. Therefore, these were called with the name of Islam in a special color. However, it has been proclaimed in this verse before the Christians specially of Syria (Najraan) and commonly before the entire world that the religion is only the name of a thing, that is, every person should surrender himself to Allah Almighty wholeheartedly, and when and which command one receives from Him, should obey it without any hesitation.
Now those people who say that Prophet Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) is son of God Almighty (Let us flee to Allah), eat pork, slaughter the Prophets (peace be upon them), try to remove the true religion and despite the good news from Prophet Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them), envy the true Messenger (glory, grace, blessings and peace be upon them), Have these people any right to say themselves followers of the religion of Abraham (peace be upon them)?
For the example of perfect obedience, good attitude of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), auspicious lives of Prophet Moses and Jesus (peace be upon them) and in the last, very sacred life of the last Messenger, Muhammad (grace, glory, blessings and peace of Allah be upon him) are complete role models for the humankind. Banishment of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him), opposing Namrud, leaving alone His (peace be upon them) innocent infant and wife in the destitute valley; where water did not exist, for the pleasure of Allah Almighty, being prepared to sacrifice his son Ishmael (peace be upon them) in His Way. These entire things describe his (peace be upon him) activeness in God’s obedience and acceptance of His commands for His pleasure.
Enduring torture of enemies of God Almighty by the Messenger of Islam (grace, glory, blessings and peace be upon him), migrating from his native land, fighting in the Path of Allah Almighty, clarify perfect subjection and obedience. These are the great and holy persons, who are imitable for human beings in all respect, and to follow them is called Islam and obedience. May God Almighty make us able to do so. Amen.