ISV Deen is an Islamic student association established to advocate for the interests of Muslim students. In response to the absence of a visible institution in the northern region of the Netherlands to represent the concerns of Muslim students, a group of Muslim students at the University of Groningen came together and took the initiative to bring about a change.
The word “Deen” is derived from the two root letters D(a) and N(oen) دين and is generally translated as ‘a way of life.’ In the Islamic context, it signifies a way of life in accordance with the Quran and the Sunnah – the lifestyle of the Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him. The Deen profoundly influences all aspects of life. It is a life dedicated to God Almighty alone, a life aimed at attaining Taqwā (‘God-consciousness’), and a life focused on fostering harmony within oneself and within the society in which you reside.
Our mission is to facilitate gatherings and activities that foster unity among Muslim students. We aim to provide Muslim students with opportunities for both religious and academic growth, alongside fellow Muslim and non-Muslim students. Through these efforts, we aspire to create a space where the spiritual and societal interests of Muslim students are represented and nurtured.
Our goal is to organize projects and events that support the Islamic way of life. In addition to advocating for the interests of Muslim students, we aim to provide a platform for engaging in dialogues with all students and interested individuals, regardless of their religion and background.
We believe that it’s essential for people to come together and have conversations to dispel any misconceptions. Diversity is of utmost importance to us. All the projects undertaken by ISV Deen are designed to strengthen the sense of community, both within the Islamic community and beyond. Through our projects and the participation of students from diverse backgrounds, we aim to bring this vision to life.