Path to Totality: Decode Life

Hikmah (Wisdom) of the Week

 What is the difference between, Deen, Mazhab, and Religion? 


Deen - (dal - ya - noon)   -   د ي- ن 

The Arabic root.

 

"The word Mazhab has not been used anywhere in the Qur’an. It is, therefore, not proper to term Islam as a religion or mazhab. 

Mazhab, in the literal sense, means a passage or path made by man, and Seen is that code, law or system which one gets from Allah. That is why there are so many different sects in religion (mazhab), but none in Deen, and whoever induces in sectarianism is a mushrik. Been revealed by Allah was, and is, one and there is no room for any set in it. 

Sects are man-made and not allowed by Allah. Earlier too, Allah had given His Deen to mankind from time to time through various messengers, but after their demise people forgot the divine books and instead devised their own ways. 

In this way they lost their Deen, and replaced it by man-made mazhab. Ultimately, Allah revealed His last Seen to humankind in the Qur’an and took upon Himself the responsibility of preserving it for all times to come. This was the Deen, which became the code of life and the constitution in the lifetime of Muhmmad (PBUH). Unfortunately, Muslims too set aside the book of Allah and started following man-made laws, thereby replacing Allah’s Teen with mazhab.”

Comparison

Religion is merely some sort of subjective experience and is concerned only with the so-called private personal relationship between God and man.

Deen is an objective reality and a system of collective life."

Religion/Mazhab - 


"1. Every follower of a relision is satisfied that he has established a communion with the Almighty, and the objective of each individual is his own salvation. 

The aim of deen, on the other hand, is the welfare and progress of all mankind and the character and constitution of a society indicates whether or not it is founded upon the Divine Law. 

2. Religion does not afford us any objective criterion by which we could determine whether our actions are producing the desired results. In a social order governed by deen, the development of a collective and harmonious life correctly indicates whether people are pursuing the right course." Quran reference. 

Thought of the Week

"As for good, there no harm if you publicize it or conceal it. To be forbearing towards others' shortcomings is a good thing. See how Allah, with all His power, is forbearing. " The Quran - An - Nisa' (Women) Ayat :149

About PTT

PTT or Path To Totality, Decode life.

In this program, I will talk about the Quran, the words of the Quran from its Lexicon. The segments will discuss the books on Islam, Muslims, and their cultures. The information will also come from the scholars who have invested their lives in the research and understanding of the Quran and the tradition. We will learn to apply it to our daily life. For example what is ordained in the Quran about fasting? 

The purpose of this life is not to be stressed and live with fear but to be fulfilled and live joyfully. Service to others is one of the biggest lessons that I have learned from the Islamic faith.   

As a student of the Quran, I have received the feedback from diverse group of people who would like to learn the basics of the Quran and Islam.  Moreover, living in the United States, there is a need of the people, especially in the current times, who are from multiple faiths and cultures that want to learn about Islam, Muslims, women in Islam, Hijab, Jihad, Halal vs. Kosher, and all the other related topics.  I have been speaking about Islam and Muslim culture in general and conducting events in various communities around in the area of Greater Boston, Massachusetts since more than 7 years. In my experience, people are yearning to learn and am I too.  

I don’t claim to be an Islamic scholar or Alima (female Islamic scholar) at this point, however, I have been in the process of learning the tradition from numerous well renowned Islamic scholars from various regions whose message I may forward with my understanding.  

The goal is to reach through all the wisdom, teachings, scriptures and paths that have come across in my lifetime which direct me to the ultimate PATH TO TOTALITY. That is what I want to discuss and explore. I respect all the previous scriptures that were revealed before the Quran but do not follow them the way I do follow the Quran. However, anything that coincides with the wisdom of the Quran and the tradition helps me to respect the former scriptures. I am in the process of learning and understanding the Quran and do not deem capable enough at this point to claim that I have understood the full Quran. It is a rich book that I interact and look to connect in my daily life. With time the Quran is encouraging me to ruminate and utilize it as a guide and a manual to live as best as I can with my limitations. However, my understanding is evolving and growing. So, I welcome students like me to join in conversations and  interact in order to expand our mindsets and improve our lives. 


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