What is Islam?

In the present book, Maulana Wahiduddin Khan explains that everything in the universe—the sun, the moon, the stars—have all completely subjugated themselves to God’s will; they cannot make the slightest deviation from the path He has ordained for them. Similarly, all other elements in nature function in obedience to the laws of nature, laid down for them by the Creator. The entire universe has surrendered to God, the Lord of the Universe. But there is a difference between the status of man and that of the physical world. The physical world has been given no option but to submit to God, whereas man has been given free will, so that he may opt for either good or bad ways. God wants man to submit to His Will by choice instead of by compulsion. Such a submission is desired of man. This is the concept of submission in Islam. Islam is another name of submitting to one’s Creator of one’s own free will.