The word “Islam” is an Arabic word that means “submission to the will of God”. To be called a Muslim, one has to affirm that God (Allah) who is the Creator of all, is the only one worthy of worship, that Muhammad is a last prophet of God, and that the Holy book (the Qur'an) is revealed on the Prophet Muhammad(sa) and has been shared through both oral recitation and as a written book. One also has to believe in the Day of Judgment and the four pillars of Islam which include five daily prayers, a certain amount of obligatory charity (zakat), fasting once in a year in the month of Ramadan (siyam), and performing a ritual journey to the house of God in Makkah (hajj).
Islam emphasizes three dimensions, which are jurisprudential, moral and intellectual. The basic message of Islam is to spread love, peace and harmony in human society. Spiritual and moral development of the human being, purification of the soul and tranquility of the heart are important aspects and the ultimate objectives of Islam.
The universal message of the Qur'an is that religion cannot be imposed on anyone. Human beings are like family members as all are sons and daughters of Adam (as) and Eve. If someone kills an innocent person, it is like they have killed all of mankind. If someone saves a life, it is like they have saved all of mankind. It is believed that all good and bad deeds will be manifested in the Day of Judgment in their true face. Those who do good will be rewarded and those who commit evil will be punished.
Followers of all religions should gather on a single focal point which is oneness of God, and focus on their commonalities. No one is allowed to use abusive language to the beliefs of the followers of other faiths.