A Simple Introduction to Islam: Principles of Living a God-Oriented Life explains that the literal meaning of Islam is submission, that is, submission to God’s will, which is the natural response to one’s discovery of God. This process of discovery continues until one realizes that one’s deeds in this life have eternal consequences. This makes one extremely serious. Now he plans his life anew. If at first all his activities were self-oriented, now they are God-oriented. When one understands the creation plan of God, he realizes that the purpose of creating a human being in this world is to give him the opportunity to be the most superior of the creatures so that he may be credited with being one of those special beings who God can find eligible for inhabiting His eternal Paradise. Such a person lives a principled life, in spite of having no compulsion to do so. It is this very lifestyle which is called Islam.