Islam is not a religion in the conventional sense. According to& the Holy Quran it is a way of life-- a Socio Economic System . A detailed paragraph explaining what is Deen follows.The one significant issue, which rises in most of the minds and vexes the tender fillings of the heart, is that common moral values are identical in all the religions (specially in the widely accepted religions). All the religions assert not to tell a lie; not to steal; to be honest; not to deprive others of their rights etc. Islam. Also proclaims that what is that distinctive feature on the basis of which we assert:-
• that Islam is the only true Deen;
• that no other Deen is acceptable toGod;
• that salvation and auspiciousness is tied to Islam;
And therefore it is necessary that all followers of religions should accept Islam.
The Significant Question.
If the specificity, on the basis of which Islam is entitled to make this claim, is the same values, then this privilege ought to extend to every religion of the world. This would not be a reasonable attitude that the qualities on the basis of which we adjudge Islam as deen-Ul-Haq (the right Deen), are ignored in case of claim of other religions.
This is undoubtedly a different question. As mentioned above , this question springs up and causes confusion in the minds of people at large. This the same question which emerged in the frontiers of knowledge at a time when the late maulana Abu-ul-Kalam Azad wrote in his exegesis of Sura Fetha, "Universal truths are equally found in all the religions" therefore no one religion can claim superiority over others. This proclamation was, in fact, an echo of that brahmo-samaji movement which had emerged earlier in Bengal. They summed the good points of (so called) heavenly books, developed a system of education and projected it to the world with the contention that it comprises all the common truths found in all the religions. Therefore to bring consensus among all the religions and to act in accordance with the truthfulness, the only mechanism would be that all followers of religions should believe in this system of education and make it the concept of their life . Such a common education comprised these very moral values long before this Brahmo-Samaji Movement. King Akber`s Deen-i-Ilahi was founded on this very concept; Its exponent was Dara Shikoah in whose mysticism there was no difference between Ram and Raheem; and the reflection of reality was equally found in the temple and the mosque. The same phenomenon, in the form of Bhajans (religious hymns) of Bagat Kabeer and Kafees (Mustical Stanzas) of Shah Fareed and Sultan Bahu echoes in every nook and corner.
No Need of Religion Even!
This brings forth another important question: if truth is the other name of these moral values acting in accordance with them is the purpose of human life, then why is any religion needed? Those who are irreligious, and refute the very existence of God, also say the same i.e telling lie is very bad; truth ought to be spoken; living ought to be honest; no ought to be oppressed, so why to bring in the religion? It was this concept which gave birth to the movement of Humanism in Europe which projected itself with the assertion of "Religion without Revelation" in the world. If the ultimate aim and climax of religion is these moral values and the human life can reach its destiny through these values alone, then how can the claim of Humanism be rejected ?
Have you realized how significant is this question and how imperative is it to give a satisfying answer to it? It is the importunity of this significance and need that it must be thought out seriously and understood with careful contemplation.
What Is Deen?
Basic misconception in this regard is that Deen is thought to be no more than an ethical code. Deen is not the collection of a few moral values; it is a comprehensive system of life covering all aspects of human life. The moral values become operative within this system, or in other words this system provides that sound base on which the edifice of these moral values is established.
Did you ever ponder over this phenomenon that the whole world says that telling a lie is bad; dishonesty is intensely opprobrious; deception is very contemptible misdemeanor but in spite of all this the whole world tell lies; corruption is rampant every where; cheating is in full swing. The question is why is this all happening? in spite of condemning and cursing all these things why has man taken to them? Considering these acts the most detestable and opprobrious why is he not refraining from them? Its reason is that either the people acknowledge these moral values just as of formality or they have their foundation on emotions alone. They know nothing as to why these values should be followed