Islam and Muslims
What is the difference between Islam religion and the Muslim religion? Or are they the same?
Praise be to Allah.
Islam means submitting to Allah, worshipping Him alone and obeying Him, and shunning shirk (polytheism, associating others with Allah) and those who believe in that. This is the religion which Allah approves for His slaves. Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Truly, the religion with Allah is Islam”
Quran [Al- ‘Imran 3:19]
“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter, he will be one of the losers”
Quran [Al ‘Imran 3:85]
The person who enters this religion is called a Muslim (one who submits), because he has submitted (aslama) to all the rulings that have come from Allah and from the Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him). Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“And who turns away from the religion of Ibrahim (Abraham) (i.e., Islamic Monotheism) except him who befools himself? Truly, we chose him in this world and verily, in the Hereafter he will be among the righteous.
When his Lord said to him, ‘Submit (i.e. be a Muslim)!’ He said, ‘I have submitted myself (as a Muslim) to the Lord of the ‘Alalameen (mankind, jinn and all that exists).’” Quran [al-Baqarah 2:130-131]
“Yes, but whoever submits his face (himself) to Allah (i.e. follows Allah’s religion of Islamic Monotheism) and he is a Muhsin (a doer of good who does good deeds solely for the sake of Allah) then his reward is with his Lord (Allah), on such shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve”
Quran [al-Baqarah 2:112].
Allah knows Best.