All perfect praise be to Allaah, The Lord of the Worlds. I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allaah, and that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.
Based on its linguistic origin, the Arabic word 'Islam' means to achieve peace; peace with God, peace within oneself, and peace with the creation of God through submission to God and commitment to His guidance.
Islam is the final culmination and fulfillment of the same basic truth that God revealed through all His Prophets and Messengers to all nations through the ages and not a new religion.
Islam is a complete way of living and not a personal religion. Muhammad the Messenger of Allaah, stated that Islam consists of five pillars:
Faith in Islam is defined as believing in Allaah, His angels, His books, His messengers, the Day of Judgment and Predestination (the good of it and the bad). It is important to understand that the definition of Faith refers to books and prophets in the plural thus pointing directly to the universality of this revelation and the respect for other religions is very much emphasized in the Quran.
There is also the important concept, perfection in worship, which is to worship Allaah as though one sees Him, knowing that even if one does not see Him, He still sees us. This Concept encourages one to be mindful of Allaah at all times and it marks the highest level of being a Muslim.
Allaah knows best.