Islam is like a tree whose roots are firmly planted in the ground and whose branches reach to the sky. Islam has in its name the root 'salam' which means peace. Islam is about submitting to our Creator and through this submission finding both internal, external and everlasting peace. Islam is about perfecting the character of the human being. Islam is about giving rights to all -men, women, children, parents, wives, husbands, the earth, the animals, the poor, the needy, etc. Islam is about salvation. Islam is about freeing the mind from the chains of shaitan (satan), our soul (whims, desires, etc.), and the dunya (world which distracts us from God). Islam is about self actualization. Islam is about taking creatures of the dust (earth, dirt, clay...) and excelling them to the highest heights of human success.
For more on Islam visit (or google): Imam Siraj, Imam Zaid, Hamza Yusuf, Imam Amin Muhammad, Masjid Muhammad, Mecca Center, Suhaib Webb, New Islamic Directions