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Walaikum Salam brother.

Alhumdulilah and thank you.   Your write-up contains useful information.  But we disagree with one specific point here.   The terms 'Islam' and 'Salam' are independent, not inter-weaved.  That's Muslim Villa's opinion because the Noble Quran does not elucidate any such notion that the term 'Salam' springs from "Islam" is also evident from the Verses you quoted.  Islam is submission to Allah's will.  Peace, love and kindness no doubt constitute an important part of the ideology of submission.  But we cannot literally say Islam means peace, these are two different words.

'Salam' is the greeting of peace incumbent upon the follower of 'Islam'
Kindly focus on the original Quran and not on the the words in brackets which translators often insert to represent their varying interpretations.  We have already addressed this subject at Don't get confused between the words 'Islam' and 'Salam' because it's been a common  oversight for a while.

A secondary root of Islam maybe "al-salam" or peace.  But the text of the Noble Quran  makes the assertion of Allah Almighty abundantly clear that the focus of His Message is submission to Him alone as the  believer's way of life and in Arabic that is 'Islam'   involving submission to Him at all times, in times of peace, war, ease, or hardship.   

As also indicated in many Quranic Verses including the ones you quoted, peace is an essential quality of a submitter.  But "Islam" and "Salam" are independent terms with separate connotations and 'Islam' for sure takes precedence.   There are many folks who are not Monotheists or they maybe atheists or agnostics yet they too may practice peace or offer peace.  But that does not make them Muslims ... that does not make them followers of Islam .... because they are not submitters to Allah alone. 

The idea of linking 'Islam' and 'salam'  arises because of two reasons.  One reason has already been stated in Sister Zeynab's post (link posted above) when our Muslim clerics try to gratify participants of interfaith dialogues which have become a trend in the West since the past decade or so.  Secondly, the terms "Islam" and "Salam" have a similar rhythm bringing along an inaccurate notion that both are intertwined having the same root. 

Islam is not about pacifism which I already clarified previously in my response to your post Do' and Donts in the Quran.    Linking Islam with pacifism is not MV's concept lest our readers misunderstand us.   I would reiterate, 'Salam' is the greeting of peace incumbent upon the follower of 'Islam' (submitter).


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