The basic tenets of Islam help to establish the foundation of the religion. The idea of submission is critical. The very meaning of the word "Islam" means submission. Most of Islamic understanding is rooted in this notion. Islam's simplicity is where submission to the divine becomes the critical element in consciousness. The primary pillar of the religion helps to establish from which all else flows: "There is no god but God, and Muhammad is the Messenger of God." This monotheistic understanding of the divine is critical to all else in Islam. Following of social tradition, religious law, and political order comes from this element. The study of the Qur'an emerges from this understanding. The recitation of the multiple names of the divine, and the immersion of the individual into a construction of being where submission to the divine is non- negotiable represent other basic tenets of the religion. It is for this reason that total submission can be seen as representative of peace.
Even though different sects such as Shi'a, Sunni, and Sufi suggest different interpretations of this idea, Islam is radically direct in how the individual must submit to the will of the divine in just about all realms. This becomes the basic tenet of the religion and the tenet that guides most everything outside of it. Islam is constructed in a manner whereby individuals who profess the faith have to submit their own will to this notion of the divine. It is here in which all else form Islam emerges. Outside of the other pillars of the faith, this notion of the submission in all forms and in as many ways as humanly possible becomes a critical element of Islam.