The Beautiful Names
As-Salaam is one of Allah’s Asma Al-Husnaa (Beautiful Names). In a previous article, we discussed the importance of these names. In that article, I stated:
Each of these names encompass a perfect attribute of Allah. It is very important that we take the time to study, analysis and reflect on these names. Doing so will help us to understand our Creator and improve our relationship with Him.
In this article, I want to focus on one specific name of Allah: As-Salaam.
As-Salaam – The Source of Peace
One of the names of Allah mentioned in the Qur’an is As-Salaam. Which translates into English as The Source of Peace. This name is mentioned in the following verse:
He is Allah, besides Whom there is no other god; the King, the Holy, the Source of Peace (As-Salaam), the Securer, the Guardian, the Mighty, the Compeller, the Exalted. Glorified be Allah above the partners which they ascribe! (Surah Al-Hashr 59: 23)
This verse makes it clear that As-Salaam is a name of Allah. Salaam means peace and in its absolute form, it can be translated as The Source of Peace. This should formulate our understanding of who Allah is. Allah is the Source of Peace. Which means that all forms of peace, both inner and outer, come from Allah alone. So if we want peace, we have to turn to Allah.
How to experience inner peace
If any human wishes to experience peace, improving one’s relationship with Allah is the starting point. The closer someone is to Allah, the more at peace they feel internally, even if the world is falling apart around them.
When anyone distances himself from Allah through sin and disobedience, it leads to anxiety and inner turmoil, no matter how much worldly success he may have.
This means that in Islam, the only way to inner peace is through actualizing Tawheed in our lives. Not just by accepting Allah as the Creator of everything. But by striving to live a life of obedience to Him.
So many Muslims go wrong in understanding this. Many of us limit Tawheed to just a belief and forget that it has practical implications in our lives. Tawheed is not just about believing in Allah, it is about living a life that reflects that belief.
This forms the foundation of inner peace in Islam. Inner peace begins by accepting that we are servants of Allah. That we are in need of Him; and that the only path to peace is in obeying Him.
If you want to evaluate the level of peace in your heart, look at the quality of your relationship with Allah.