GLOSSARY OF ISLAMIC TERMS

Compiled by Ishaq Zahid  

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Dajjal

Anti-Christ. Also known as Maseeh ad-Dajjal. See Ahadeeth regarding "the Final Hour" in both Sahih books. Sahih Bukhari, Hadith 649, 650, Vol. IV. Sahih Muslim, Kitab al-Fitan wa Isharat as-Say'ah.

Dar al-Harb

Dar al-Harb (Domain of War) refers to the territory under the hegemony of unbelievers, which is on terms of active or potential belligerency with the Domain of Islam, and presumably hostile to the Muslims living in its domain.

Dar al-Kufr

Dar al-Kufr (Domain of Unbelief) refers to the territory under the hegemony of the unbelievers.

Dawah

Propagation of Islam through word and action, calling the people to follow the commandments of Allah and His Messenger Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W.).

Dhihar

Dhihar is a type of divorce which was common in pre-Islamic Arabia, but was made unlawful by Islam. It was a way when the husband wanted to divorce his wife he would selfishly say to her, "You are like my mother." This way she would have not conjugal rights, but at the same time she would still be bound to him like a slave. See Holy Qur'an, Al-Ahzab (33:4), Mujadilah (58:1-5).

Dhimmi

(See Ahl al-Dhimmah).

Dhu'l-Hijjah

The 12th month of the Islamic calendar. The month in which the great pilgrimage to Makkah takes place.

Dhu'l Qa'da

The 11th month of the Islamic calendar.
 

Din

The core meaning of din is obedience. As a Quranic technical term, din refers to the way of life and the system of conduct based on recognizing God as one's sovereign and committing oneself to obey Him. According to Islam, true din consists of  living in total submission to God, and the way to do so is to accept as binding the guidance communicated through the Prophets. See the following verses of the Qur'an for reference: 3:83, 12:76, 16:52, and 51:6.

Diyah

Blood money, paid by the guilty as a compensation for killing, wounding, etc. (pl. Diyaat).

Du'a

Supplication: invoking Allah for whatever one desires.
 

Duhr

Noon. The second obligatory prayer (Salah) of the day. It can be prayed at any time between noon and mid-afternoon.