What Does It Mean to Be Muslim?
I am a Muslim because I surrender to the will of God. Muslim, comes from the Arabic root word sa-la-ma which means peace, but it also comes from the verb, as-la-ma to give up, to surrender to God Almighty.
To give up our free will (completely or to certain extents depending on your levels of spirituality) means to trust that God is most Capable of steering us to the Right way. And this allows peace to enter our hearts. The opposite of peace is chaos. A chaotic heart and mind is most unhappy.
We are happy when God is happy with us. God created us in order that we worship Him, and only Him. Therefore, to declare our commitment to the One God, Muslims submitted their will to God by saying:
"There is no God worthy of worship but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God."
In Arabic, the word "god" is "Ilah". However, with the participle "Al" (like "el" in Spanish, and "la" in French) added to the beginning of the word "Ilah", it becomes "Al-Ilah" though it is pronounced "Allah" which means "The God". This is the word for God, for Christian Arabs and Muslims alike.
There is no God worthy of worship but ALLAH.
From the beginning of time, God promised Adam that He will always send a messenger to help the descendants of Adam find their way back to God. After each messenger departed (Noah, Moses, Jesus etc.) the people lost their way. God promises that the last messenger, The Prophet (who is mentioned in the Torah and the Bible) will arrive with a book delivered for the whole humankind. A book that confirms the previous books (Psalms, Torah, Bible) yet improves on what they lacked or straigthens any misinformation contained therein as a result of centuries of tampering by humans. Thus, Muhammad left us with the Holy Qur'an. And today, we await the return of Jesus, the Messenger of God to confirm the message of Muhammad.
All praise and blessings be on Muhammad and his family. Peace be on all the Messengers of God.