Let’s first look at the root system and find out what is meant by this. Look carefully at these three words:

salaam – islaam – muslim

If you can read Arabic script, here are the same words again in the same order. Remember to read from right to left.

سلام – إسلام – مسلم

Three letters appear in all three words in the same order. Can you find them?


The three letters are:

salaam – islaam – muslim

Notice that the first m in the word muslim is not highlighted.