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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureHolidaysRamadan · 1 decade ago

lslam does not mean peace?

Why is no one else protesting against people again and again lying about islam = peace?

just now i saw again some muslim determined to lie about his/her own religion--and not an ignorant person judging by the rest of what they were posting--repeating the unabashed lie that islam means peace, although they tried to figleaf it at bit by saying it means "peace through submission to the will of god". it means no such thing. it simply means 'submission''. it is of course RELATED to the words for peace (salam and silm) but that is not the point, and anyone who knows arabic or consider himself a muslim should know that. the words are related the way that in english peace is related to pacification. no one would consider, in english, a military "pacification" to involve peace. and the word islam likewise has no meaning of peace in it.

but one person cannot stop a juggernaut. will no one help me combat this lie?


dear p.i.t.a, i do not raise any q of theology. i simply state as a matter of fact, which anyone can challenge if they like, that the word islam in arabic does not mean and has never meant peace or peace through submission, and that it means and has always meant submission. that is all. the people who keep lying about this obviously know they're lying because none of them has said a word in response. evil, when forcibly confronted, tends to flee.

Update 2:

dear maged, this is simply untrue. i don't know if u know arabic or not. the simple fact is that silm and salam mean peace and do NOT mean submission, while islam means submission and NOT peace.

5 Answers

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    Of course it doesn't mean "peace" per se. All semitic words are based on tri-consonantal roots. These roots carry with them a basic meaning, BUT, that meaning changes either modestly or dramatically depending on the vocalization, vowel pointing, pre-fixing or suffixing just as it does in any other language. The word "Muslim" is also derived from the same tri-consonantal root SLM as the word Islam. But "Muslim" does not mean a "peaceful person." It means own who submits! The prefix and changes in vowel pointing change the meaning of the root.

    Many English words are borrowed from Latin root words but their meaning through common usage has often changed significantly from the meaning of the original root from which it was derived. For instance, the word "renegade" in English is from the Latin word renegare (to deny). Now we all know that a "renegade" is a rebel or an outlaw. Its meaning is far removed from its original root but certainly related.

    Islam has always meant "submission." The Islam means "peace" thing has only come about as a linquistic slight of hand since the advent of Islamic terrorism. Before that, Muslims never preached Islam means "peace." They have always said it meant submission and a Muslim was one who submitted.

    The fact that vowel pointing is added later is all quite beside the point. The change in vocalization, changes the meaning. The addition of the vowel pointing, like in all semitic languages, was to make certain that the "correct" reading and vocalization was made, especially with sacred texts! Vowel pointing was added because it was important to know how the text was to be read so that one would know the proper meaning of words.

    Source(s): Student of Hebrew, Aramaic and Syriac
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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Islam as a religion of peace is a concept that originated from the Syrian language.

    The Arabic word islam is related to the Syriac 'aslem which means "to make peace, surrender" and that in turn appears to be derived from the Semtic stem of *slem which means "to be complete." The Arabic word islam is thus also closely related to the Arabic word for peace, salem. Muslims believe that true peace can only be achieved through true obedience to the will of Allah.

    Critics and observers must not forget, though, that "peace" here is inextricably intertwined with "submission" and "surrender" — specifically to the will, desires, and commands of Allah, but of course also to those who set themselves up as the transmitters, interpreters, and teachers in Islam. Peace is thus not something achieved through mutual respect, compromise, love, or anything similar. Peace is something that exists as a consequence of and in the context of submission or surrender.

    This is not a problem limited solely to Islam. Arabic is a Semitic language and Hebrew, also Semitic, creates the same connections between peace "shalom" and submission in the Bible: "When you draw near to a town to fight against it, offer it terms of peace. If it accepts your terms of peace and surrenders to you, then all the people in it shall serve you at forced labor." (Deuteronomy 20:10-11)

    It makes sense that "peace" would involve domination in these contexts because God isn't likely to be willing to negotiate and compromise with enemies — but that's what is necessary for there to be a peace based upon mutual respect and equal freedom. The god of the ancient Israelites and of Muslims is an absolutist, totalitarian god with no interest in compromises, negotiations, or dissent. For such a god, the only peace that's needed is a peace achieved through the subjugation of those who oppose him.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Arabic leaves out the vowels in written form so there is a connection between both Islam and salam because they both have the root s-l-m. But it appears you already know that and disagree that the root words mean salaam and Islam are theologically related. In the end, its only the quality of peace and surrender that matter though since all religions help a person find peace through their faith in the Divine. The virtues are diminished by disputes like these, but I can also understand why you believe it is so relevant.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Salam , Islam , Selm , all emphasis these meanings :

    Peace and submission , this is one of the advantages of The Arabic Language , it is very rich language

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  • faron
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    3 years ago

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