ISLAM in Arabic means “SUBMISSION” (i.e. to the will of Allah). ISLAM has the same root as SALAM, which means peace, but ISLAM simply means submission and has nothing to do with peace. In the West, Muslims are attempting to give logical explanations for why they need to pray five times a day, to fast during the month of Ramadan, why a man can have four wives, or why a thief should have his hand chopped off. This is a useless exercise. What Allah and his Messenger have commanded need not be discussed, there is no need to look for any logic. Allah and his Messenger have to be obeyed. They simply know everything better. The relationship between the believer and Allah is like the relationship between master and slave. Muslims call themselves “slave of Allah” or Abd Allah. Many male names consist of Abd (slave) combined with one of the 99 names or characteristics of Allah, for example: Abd al-karim, which means slave of the Generous (= Allah). And a slave is supposed to do what his master commands without giving his personal opinion.