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Green Deen by Keith Ellison, Ibrahim Abdul-Matin

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PrefaceThis Deen Called Islam

Most people are aware of a global religion called Islam. Islam is a Deen—Arabic for a religion, a path, a way of life. Islam means submission to the will of the One God, Allah. Allah is the Arabic word for God, just as the Spanish word for God is Dios. Allah is the God of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. By focusing on One Creator, Islam allows humankind the opportunity to be one and to have a common purpose. Muslims believe that Islam is the final expression of the same message that came earlier to the Jews, the Christians, and other monotheistic believers. For Muslims, the revelations prior to the Qur’an are essentially part of a larger canon of understanding. This is why, in Arabic, Christians and Jews are referred ...

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