Islam literally means submission and in religion sense it means submission to Allah alone. One who completely submits to Allah and the Divine injunctions is a Muslim. Islam is a very wide term and covers the entire universe and religion of all such things which do not even possess life, will and discretion is Islam. In this connection the Holy Qur’an says:
In another verse it has been said
Man is also one of the creatures and has been bestowed with the faculty of will and discretion. He is also the most distinguished of all the creatures, and has been given Divine injunctions for guidance. Allah says (when man was created):
It clearly shows that with the coming of man to this earth the Divine injunctions also began to be revealed throught His Messengers. This world has never been devoid of religion and as the Holy Qir’an says that there has not been a nation without a warner. Thus all the religious should be Islam and their followers should be called Muslims. But the position is quite different. According to Holy Qur’an Islam is the name of that religion which it presents and expounds and which has been revealed to the Holy Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W). The Holy Qur’an says:
There is an interesting difference, for the followers of other Prophets were Muslims, but they were not called so. This unique honour is reserved for the followers of the last Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) that they are Muslims not only in spirit but are also called and know as Muslims.