The word “Muslim” means one who submits to the will of Allah (swt), regardless of their race, gender, nationality or ethnic background. Being a Muslim entails recognizing and submitting to Allah (swt)’s will, while doing one’s level best to live in accordance with His message.
Some people mistakenly believe that Islam is just a religion for Arabs, but nothing could be further from the truth. Not only are there reverts to Islam in every corner of the world, especially in England and America, but by taking a look at the Muslim World from Bosnia to Nigeria, and from Indonesia to Morocco, one can clearly see that Muslims come from many various races, ethnic groups and nationalities.
It is also interesting to note that in actual fact, more than 80% of all Muslims are not Arabs – there are more Muslims in Indonesia than in the whole Arab World! So even though it is true that most Arabs are Muslims, the large majority of Muslims are not Arabs.
However, anyone who submits completely to Allah (swt) and worships Him alone is a Muslim.
*Allah (swt) is an Arabic word for God.
*(swt) – Subhanahu wa ta’ala, an Arabic phrase meaning “May He (Allah) be Glorified and Exalted”
*Reverts – a person who has come become a Muslim, from another religion/faith