The term Islam is derived from the root Silm which signifies peace - peace with Allah as well as with all the creatures.
Technically speaking, Islam means "full submission to the Will of Almighty God in all walks of Life". Every Muslim must confess and affirm the fact that there is none worthy of worship and obedience except Allah, and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is his slave and Messenger.
Along with the confession of this basic kalimah, a Muslim has to declare his faith in the angles, in all the prophets, in the revealed scriptures, in the day of judgement, and in taqdir (predestination). In the following pages, some details have been provided for the common readers, Muslims as well as non-Muslims, about the basic principles of Islamic faith.

Belief in all Prophets:

Another basic article of Islamic faith is to believe in all the Prophets of Allah who were sent by Allah for the guidance of various nations and people in various times and periods of the human history. Allah's guidance is the basic need of humanity which was provided to the human race through the chosen Messengers in various times. Even the first man Adam (peace be upon him) was a prophet of Allah who came down with certain message and code of life.

The actual number of the Prophets is known only to Allah. The first among them was Adam and the last among them was Muhammad (peace be upon both of them). Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last prophet in the sense that no prophet is to come after him. Anyone who claims to be a prophet after Muhammad is not even considered a Muslim. Any one who believes in the prophethood of such a person is out of the fold of Isalm. A Muslim must believe in the prophethood of all the Prophets, in their truthfulness, miracles and in their messages.

Article Contributed by:
Dr. Hafiz A.Ghaffar Khan
Georgia Islamic Institute of Religious and Social Sciences
P.O.Box 93157
Atlanta, GA 30377-3157