The Meaning of ‘Perfection of Religion’ in the Quran

By Muhaddith Al-‘Asr Shaykh Sayyid Muhammad Yūsuf Binnorī rahimahullāh:

Adapted & Translated by: Mufti Abdullah Moolla

This article, published 54 years ago, by a great scholar, a descendant of Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, rings true today freshly as it did when it was written. May Allāh Ta’ālā bless us with the ability to appreciate the great scholars of Islām. Amīn

Allah says:

Today I have perfected for you your Dīn and I have completed My bounty upon you and I am pleased with Islām as a Dīn for you. (Quran 5:3)

You should understand what the meaning of ‘perfection of religion’[2] is.

The purport of it is that in this religion (dīn), i.e., Islām, everything is covered, beliefs, worship, laws, business dealing, social dealing, laws of war and peace, economics, politics, and mutual relationships. Islām covers all of this. If there was any aspect of human life that is not covered, then it cannot stand as perfect, it will be incomplete, deficient, and in need of amendment.

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When Allāh Ta’ālā has declared this religion to be perfect and complete, and definitely, it covers everything, then what need is there for us to look towards America, Russia, China, or any -ism and to beg from them?

In reality, to beg from any other -ism and then attach it to Islām is Shirk fir Rubūbiyyah, which is the worst form of shirk, i.e., polytheism. The person who feels that such an action is permissible should check his īmān (faith and beliefs), as he does not have īmān in Allāh Ta’ālā nor in the hereafter. In the present conditions, great thought and consideration are being given to the social system of Islām, in order to arrange and administer it. May Allāh Ta’ālā grant the divine ability and guidance so that this form of religion can come before you in a positive light.

The whole world today revolves around the issue of ‘filling the belly’. Islām has solved this too. However, in the background of this, there is a clear objective: the goal of differentiating man from animals by adopting an independent system of spirituality (beliefs and worship) and to protect good practices and actions, as well as enhance beautiful conduct and character.

Contrary to this, America has made comfort and luxury and the acquisition of wealth into the objective of life. Russia and China have solved the issue of ‘filling the belly’ to a certain degree. However, it has made man into an animal and has robbed humanity of dignity and honor. It has trampled upon every form of excellent character and has turned humankind into an animal-like creature. Islām is the only religion that has given man his proper position in the world and has given him a system of life that is suitable and best for him. In Islām, there could have simply been the slogans of ‘clothing, food and shelter’ but no call for man to become true and proper human beings.

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Therefore, there is no scope in Islām whatsoever for any -ism, not capitalism, nor socialism, nor nationalism. The problems we face in our country too, we seek the protection of Allāh, have not been created by Islām. It can never be created by Islām. The reality is that people have taken the Islāmic system and have flung it behind their backs and have wholeheartedly adopted the western system. By doing so, they have created the problems.

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  1. Basā’ir wa ‘Ibar vol.1 p.56-57
  2. Today I have perfected for you your Dīn and I have completed My bounty upon you and I am pleased with Islām as a Dīn for you – Sūrah Al-Mā’idah: 3
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It is time to teach the west what manners and good characters are prescribed by Islam, the perfect Deen💙

Bilal Rauf

I wish liberal Muslims would understand this. May Allah give them Hadaya. (Ameen)