The Arabic term "Islam" itself is usually translated as "submission"; submission of desires to the will of God. It comes from the term "aslama", which means "to surrender" or "resign oneself".
Islam is a word formed from the Arabic consonants s-l-m . . . Using these consonants to form the verbal noun islam creates the meaning “to enter into a state of peace”, which is conventionally translated into English as “surrender” or “submission”. The word muslim is an active participle based on the same word; hence, a Muslim is literally “one who enters a state of peace”, “one who surrenders”, or “one who submits”. Islam, therefore, is an action that brings two parties into a peaceful relationship: the one who surrenders and the one to whom one surrenders . . .