James, very interesting indeed. You have developed a spacial vision to islam….which is basically how islam works within the main frame.
Your vision of interacting with islam is very simple, yet very deep and practical.
I would like to add some light, if i may.
Yes, Islam means surrender. But since Arabic is a living creature, words move and interact. The root of the word Islam is SALAMA…..which means intact,also means rescued from, also means climbed up, and also means peace. Lookvat all these meanings interacting with each other in order to produce a human being……it produces wonders.