What is to be understood by the word Deen-ul-Islam?

Joseph A Islam: Article last modified 5th April 2011, http://quransmessage.com/pdfs/What%20is%20Deen.pdf


Often, a very casual use of the term ‘deen’ is made which is usually translated as ‘religion’ in English with a general understanding that it comprises a set of beliefs and practices of a religious nature.
This restrictive understanding finds little support from the Quran.

A study of the Quran presents the reader with a wider definition of what is actually referred to when it refers to ‘Deen’.

“Indeed! the number of the months with God is twelve months by God’s ordinance in the day that He created the heavens and the earth. Four of them are sacred: that is the right religion (Arabic: Deen)”

This verse should raise some immediate questions as to what is really meant by the term ‘Deen’.
How can 12 months and the sacredness of four of them be referred to as the right religion?

Similarly, with regards the story of Joseph we note that the system of law specific to the King of Egypt is also defined as ‘Deen’.

” Then he (Joseph) began the search with their bags before his brother’s bag, then he produced it from his brother’s bag. Thus did We contrive for Joseph. He could not have taken his brother according to the king’s law (Arabic: Deen) unless God willed”

This presents us with a better understanding of the rendering of ‘Deen’ in that:

(1) It does not necessarily have to be of a religious nature and (2) It can consist of any set of principles, law and in effect describe any ‘system’ practised by a community or people. This can be of a religious nature, but is not restricted to it.

This is further confirmed in the following verse where even Pharaoh’s ‘system’, ‘law’ or ‘beliefs’ are also expressed as ‘Deen’.

“Pharaoh said: “Leave me to slay Moses; and let him call on his Lord! What I fear is less he should change your religion / system (Arabic: Deen), or less he should cause mischief to appear in the land!”

However, God has commended the same ‘system’ of law or practice to the new Muslims and through them to mankind that he commended to all the Prophets and their followers before them. This ‘system’ is called ‘Islam’.

“The same religion / system (Arabic: Deen) has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah and that which We have sent by inspiration to thee and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: Namely, that ye should remain steadfast in religion, and make no divisions in it: to those who worship other things than God, hard is the (way) to which you call them. God chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him)”

It was this system (called Islam) that God commended and was given to the Prophet to preach.

“Do they seek for other than the ‘Deen’ of God? while all creatures in the heavens and on earth have, willing or unwilling, bowed to His Will, and to Him shall they all be brought back.

It is also this system that was being reinstated by the advent of Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) ministry and was intended to expose other (false) ‘deen’ (systems / religions).

“It is He Who has sent His messenger with guidance and the religion of truth, to proclaim it over all religion (Arabic: – dini) / systems, even though the Pagans / Idolaters (Arabic: Mushrikeen) may detest it”

Many Muslims incorrectly make use of the above verse to imply that Islam has come to be proclaimed and conquered over Christianity and Judaism, even though the verse clearly refers to ‘idolaters’. Not only is the context misunderstood completely but a true understanding of the term ‘Deen’ from a Quran’s perspective is never appreciated.

This verse clearly informs the reader that proclamation is over any ‘system’ which is false. This should be obvious given the clear mention of ‘idolaters’ by way of an example. Today there are practices even amongst Muslims that clearly fall foul of the system of true Islam instituted by scripture in that they seek assistance and help through other entities besides God – rather than through God directly.

In this way, these individuals are no less ‘idolatrous’ than those being targeted by the above verse.

“Say: “Verily, my Lord has guided me to a way that is straight, a deen of right, the path (trodden) by Abraham the true in Faith, and he was not from the idolatrous (Arabic: Mushrikeen) .”

Similarly, there are indeed those from the followers of previous scriptures that have also created their own system (Deen) even though they were given the correct ‘Deen’.

“This because they say: “The Fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered days”: For their forgeries deceive them as to their own religion (Arabic: Deen)”

Here it is clear that if one corrupts the beliefs or doctrines of Islam, they have deceived themselves into following another form of religion – another system. This is as true for those that call themselves Muslims as it is true for the followers of earlier revelations or any other man-made system.

Therefore to interpret ‘religion’ through the narrow lens as Hinduism / Buddhism / Christianity or Judaism is not a Quranic perspective. Any system, such as communism, monarchy, dictatorships, different democracies, military rule all can fall within the ambit of ‘Deen’ from a Quranic perspective.
These systems are not necessarily God’s systems though they may contain certain similarities and areas of overlap which are fully consistent with God’s systems evident to us through all His scriptures.

From the Quran’s point of view, there is no compulsion in any system. One is free to choose whatever ‘system’ or ‘law’ they want to practice. However the guidance for the correct system has been made clear and its adherence can only be a matter of complete choice.

“Let there be no compulsion in deen: Truth stands out clear from Error: whoever rejects evil and believes in God has grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks. And God hears and knows all things”

Furthermore, if one rejects God’s ‘Deen’ (system/religion) revealed through all God’s messengers when the matter has been made absolutely clear (and there is no reason left to deny it), then they do so at their own peril. The ultimate judge will be God to whom everyone will return to answer.


The discussions above should aid us to better understand the passage where God mentions that he has ‘perfected Deen’ (Arabic: Akmaltu lakum dinakum)

“…This day have I perfected your religion / system (Arabic: deen) for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion / system (Arabic: deen)…”

Islam was a religion preached by all Prophets. The Arabs during Muhammad’s (pbuh) ministry no doubt also had a system that they already observed and practiced. It is to be expected that certain parts of any system may have overlaps with Islam. In this way, the system of the ancient Arabs would have
also been no different.

However, by ‘perfecting’ the system of the Arabs and removing alien doctrines, blasphemous practices and those ways incongruent with Islam, their Lord purified their system and perfected it by bringing it back to the ‘system’ he had enjoined on all believers before them (i.e. Islam).

In this way, Islam was not perfected per se (as Islam need not be perfected), but the existing practices of the Arabs were perfected and brought back into the folds of Islam.



The Arabic word ‘Deen’ is better described as a ‘system’ and does not necessarily have to be religious in nature or indeed, belief orientated. As we noted with the example of Joseph, the Egyptian King’s law was also described as ‘Deen’. We also noted the example of the 12 months and the sacredness of 4 of them also being described as the right ‘Deen’.

The system instituted for mankind by God was ‘Islam’ and predates Prophet Muhammad’s (pbuh) ministry and finds its initiation from Adam (pbuh) through great patriarchs such as Prophet Abraham, Moses and Jesus. (pbut) God sends His messengers to revert people back to this system especially when they have been led / gone astray or have lacked true guidance.

Never neglect to repent when you are in difficulties


Put your trust in the power of ‘Tawbah’. ‘Tawbah’ has many merits, that are worth noticing.

  • ‘Tawbah’ paves way for success.
  • Tawbah keeps us away from hardships and trials.
  • Tawbah helps clear our conscience.
  • Tawbah pleases Allah.
  • Tawbah is a life transformational process.
  • Tawbah makes our Duas more ‘worthy’ of a response.
  • Sincere Tawbah (repentance) leads to forgiveness of ones sins.
  • Tawbah unlocks all doors which were once closed for you
  • The Prophet (S.A.W.S) said: “Allah, the Exalted, will continue to stretch out His Hand in the night so that the sinners of the day may repent, and continue to stretch His Hand in the daytime so that the sinners of the night may repent, until the sun rises from the west (start of day of judgment)”. [Sahih Muslim].

Use Allah’s different names that attribute his kindness and forgiveness. The most suitable of the names could be : Al-’Afuww (He who pardons), and Al-Ghafoor (He who forgives), and Al-Ghaffaar (The Oft-Forgiving).

  • “And Allah has the most excellent and perfect names, so worship and invoke Him by them” (Al-A’raaf ,7:180)

[advice taken from wikiHow]






Powerful dua for cure from all your sickness

This dua was sent to me by a frequent reader

Prayer of Release from the Powers of Witchcraft

Ya Rabb, in Your Glorious Name, I bind and break all witchcraft, curses, spells, and all powers associated with it. By Your power, I destroy the works of every witch, warlock, wizard, sorcerer, and all other powers of darkness.
by Your Power and Might, I break their powers including the influences of witchcraft, evil powers, spells, hexes, vexes, voodoo, hoodoo, roots, potions, or any such things off me, my family, and all future generations. Ya Allah, You have redeemed me and my family from the curse of the law that I may receive Your eternal blessings .

Through Your might, power and love, I also rebuke, bind up and destroy all the spirit-guides, helps, and shields of these workers of evil, and leave them without any strengths – stripped of their evil powers and influence.

Thank you Allah for delivering me.


Prayer against those Involved in Witchcraft

In the name of our powerful Allah, I come against the evil spirit . I bind the strongman in the name of Almighty Allah.
In the name of allah, Al Malik, I paralyze you and silence you, forbidding you from influencing or strengthening [them or name the witch or witches if known] in the name of Al Qawi [the most powerful], right now!
In the name of the Magnificent, We are destroying your very works: the spirits of hate, bitterness and murder, spirits of wizardry, sorcery and all your co-spirits, your works, your powers, all your influences are destroyed in the name of Allah!
I come against the spirit of blindness, binding the spirits of bondage and heaviness, fear and hate and break your power in the name of Allah, the Supreme

I pray, Ya Rabb, that You will open their eyes so they can see Your glory. Open their hearts so that they can hear Your voice. Break the yokes in their lives and give them liberty in their souls, that they may be free to repent. Show them every evil work and every evil deed they are guilty of, and Ya Rabb, convict their hearts unto repentance. Bring these souls out of darkness; save these souls so that You may have the glory.

Satan and all demons, I silence you in the name of the All Powerful Allah, binding all your interference. You will not interfere with these souls, and they will have their own free will choice so as to make up their own minds if they want to repent. They will do it without your interference.

Also, Lord, I pray that you will release warring angels to wage war against any demonic activities, and create fear in their hearts Ya Rabb.
Alhamdulillah Ya Allah for delivering me.


Faith Exercising Prayer Over Witchcraft

Ya Allah, I have repented of any and all sin in my life and in the life of my ancestors that have resulted in a curse especially in the areas of witchcraft, idolatry or any occult involvement. Allow me your forgiveness YA Rabb and protect me from all forms of evil.

Every day I take authority over and break any and every curse upon my life in the name of Allah. Islam is true. Allah s words are true. I exercise my faith and loose myself and my descendants from any and every curse. I claim my deliverance and freedom right now in Allah s name.

I break all curses of destruction in my family and bloodline in Your Name Ya Rabb

I renounce all pride that would open the door for destruction

Rescue my soul from destructions

Send Your Word, and deliver me from any destruction Ya Rabb
The destroyer cannot come into my life or family in the name of Almighty Allah

The destroyer cannot destroy my prosperity

I am delivered from destruction that wastes away in the morning

I rebuke all destruction from my gates in Your Noble name, Ya Rabb. I reject all forms of shirk, Ya Rabb so protect me and cure me right now, ya Allah, please never allow our enemies to have the upper hands over me and destroy me. As I grow older day by day, shower Your Mercy upon me Ya Rabb Ya Rabb Ya Rabb

Thank you Lord for delivering me, Ya Rabb. Protect me forever. Ya Allah, have mercy upon me as You have promised to protect the Believers from the accursed evil. His plans are certainly weak. Protect us Ya Allah against their tricks and their manipulations. Cure us Ya Allah. Cure us from all pains and give us strength to stand up and do our daily activities, Ya Rabbul Alameen


Ya Allah, give me power and authority to battle against the attack of controlling powers of witchcraft, inYour precious name . I bind every negative, unscriptural word against my life. I break the power of confusion, torment, fear, control and manipulation. I take captive every vain imagination and high thought that is contrary to the word of God in my life
I submit my will, thoughts and life to Your Lordship , so bless my soul, body and mind. Protect me as well as all believers in this world who are struggling against all evil.

I break the power of witchcraft’s deception, seduction, sorcery and intimidation, knowing that at Your Divine Name, every soul must bow.

I decree freedom from dark powers, false teachers, false prophetic words, controllers, manipulators, sorcerers, witches, counterfeits, soul ties, spiritual folly, soothsayers, lying spirits, lying dreams and visions.

I repent of sin, both known and unknown, and submit myself thoroughly to Your Lordship
I clothe myself with God’s armour and take up the weapons of my warfare that are not carnal, but mighty in the pulling down of strongholds.

I dedicate myself to your will for the rest of my life. help me to love You above anyone else

I repent of rebellion, pride, arrogance, control, manipulation, vain desires , and shirk

InYour name, Ya Allah, I renounce to all sins

Lord, Your Word says: “If I confess my sins You are faithful and just to forgive me of my sins and cleanse me of all unrighteousness.”