Some anti-Islamic Arabic speaking people say that the word “Islam” means particularly to “surrender”. This is a clear lie, because “Islam” in Arabic means “submission”.
Islam is derived from the word Salam which means peace. When someone says “as’SALAMu alaikum”, he is saying may peace be upon you, or peace be upon you. Islam doesn’t mean “surrender”, like in wars when your enemy surrenders. Islam means “submission”, and it is only used for submitting yourself to GOD Almighty and not to man. You can’t submit yourself to me for instance. That is prohibited in Islam.
God Almighty said:
” There is NO compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error….” (2:256).