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    Way of life for which humans will be held accountable and recompensed accordingly on the Day of Judgment. The word is the root of the Arabic terms for “habit,” “way,” “account,” “obedience,” “judgment,” and “reward,” and is often translated as “religion.” It implies that living in obedience to God is an obligation owed to Him, for which people will be taken to account, judged, and recompensed. Din can refer generally to any path that humans follow for their lives or more specifically to Islam as the comprehensive way of life chosen by God for humanity's temporal and eternal benefit. Din encompasses beliefs, thought, character, behavior, and deeds. Thus, if these aspects of life are derived from God's guidance, as originally taught by the prophets, then they comprise Islam. However, if they are taken from human innovations or are deviations from what the Prophets taught, then they are only generally considered as the different ways that individuals or groups have chosen for themselves. Therefore Islam, or peaceful submission to God in belief, character, rituals, and sociopolitical and economic interactions, is termed the “way of truth” (din al-haqq), which is accepted by God. This sincere worship of none but Him is the “straight path” established for human life (al-din al-qayyim).

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