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Monday, January 04, 2010

Ash-Shirk. Polytheism and its various manifestations explained.






Bismillahirrahmanirrahim.
In the name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful.

Assalamualaikum Warahmatulillahi Ta'ala Wabarakatuh.
May Peace, Blessings and Mercy of Allah be upon you!

Dear beloved Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat, Mukminin na wal Mukminat.

Today, the Kuffars have come forth to proclaim that they too have the rights to call their god, gods, goddesses, deities, etcetera with the term 'Allah' just as Muslims.

The matter is further compounded with the acceptance of a few misguided Muslims who fall into the major sin of Ash-Shirk, which is the association of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala with the deities worshiped by the Kaffirs, besides Allahu Ta'ala.

These misguided so called Muslims fall prey to the machinations of the Kaffirs who have come to treacherously manipulate the feeble minded ignorants amongst the Muslim ummah to accept that they acknowledge Allah as their God but in reality do not worship Ar Rahman as we Muslims do.

Why does this happen?

Simple.

These ignorant ones amongst the ummah do not study in depth and learn about Al Islam and their Aqeedah is as weak as the strands of the spider web slung between the blades of grass.

With the slightest of challenges towards their concept of Iman and Amals, they are shredded at will by those with the glibbest of tongues and the shrewdness of the devilish ones amongst mankind.

For quite a very long time, eminent scholars of Islam have been dormant and failed to exercise a continuous drive to upkeep and maintain the state of alertness amongst the ummah against the designations of our common enemies who strive endlessly to weaken the Islamic community by using all that they have against us worldwide.

Continuous bickering and strife amongst the various jamaahs of Muslims have grown to weaken the bonds between us and driven us apart.

We no longer have that spirit of Ikhwanul Muslimin and instead feel comfortable in siding with the enemies of Al Islam both in body and spirit.

Muslims today have generally failed to upkeep and renew ties between us that transcend race and language barriers globally.

We are prone to be suspicious of one another and often hurl abuses, curses and insults at will against our own brothers and sisters in Islam without taking into consideration of its disastrous implications.

Not that its okay to go on the rampage against the Kaffirs for no rhyme or reason but to exercise caution and discretion if we are compelled by circumstances to do so, which should be our very last resorts.

Dear Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat.

Let me share with you the realities that I have come to learn about the matter of Ash-Shirk, the major Sin of associating Allah Azza Wa Jalla, Rabbul Alamin with what the Kaffirs have come to worship out of their own ignorance and straying away from the Deen that came to be first revealed with the creation of Mankind through our Father, Nabi Allah Adam Alaihis Salam.

Contrary to what the majority of Kuffars have come to claim and sadly being believed by the ignorant minority of Muslims in name only, Islam IS NOT the latest religion that it is purported to be?

Islam IS THE VERY FIRST and TRUE RELIGION revealed to us by none other than Allah the Almighty Himself!

What religion was Adam Alaihis Salam taught to believe in and take faith into?

40. Allahu allathee khalaqakum thumma razaqakum thumma yumeetukum thumma yuhyeekum hal min shuraka-ikum man yafAAalu min thalikum min shay-in subhanahu wataAAala AAamma yushrikoona

40. It is Allah Who has created you: further, He has provided for your sustenance; then He will cause you to die; and again He will give you life. Are there any of your (false) "Partners" who can do any single one of these things? Glory to Him! and high is He above the partners they attribute (to him)!

Surah Ar Rum. Chapter 30 Verse 40. Holy Al Quranul Karim.

1. Ya ayyuha alnnasu ittaqoo rabbakumu allathee khalaqakum min nafsin wahidatin wakhalaqa minha zawjaha wabaththa minhuma rijalan katheeran wanisaan waittaqoo Allaha allathee tasaaloona bihi waal-arhama inna Allaha kana AAalaykum raqeeban

1. O mankind! revere your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, His mate, and from them twain scattered (like seeds) countless men and women;- revere God, through whom ye demand your mutual (rights), and (reverence) the wombs (That bore you): for God ever watches over you.

Surah An Nisa. Chapter 4 Verse 1. Holy Al Quranul Karim.

Contrary to what most Kaffirs would have you believe, Islam did not come to be revealed with the prophethood of Muhammad ibni Abdullah, Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam.

No sirree!

Islam came to be revealed in completion with him, the blessed FINAL MESSENGER of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala!

If you are a true blue Muslim worth your name and aqeedah, then you will be crystal clear as to the basic aspects of your faith and be rock solid in your Tawheed of Islam!

Do not fall prey to the deviations of the Kaffirs, Musyrikins and Munafiqs out there!

Allah, Most Blessed, Most Glorified is He, Rabbul Jaleel, the Supreme Creator.

Our faith is that which consists of Iman and Amals.

If you are to be a Muslim, then you will have to believe that 'There is no (other) god but Allah! You will have to believe that Muhammad (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam) is the (Final) Messenger of Allah.

That is our creed. That is our Foundation of Faith. The Bedrock of Islam.

If you have the slightest of doubts, the most minuscule speck of doubt about that, it renders your faith null and void.

No one is a true Muslim if he or she does not believe a hundred percent about Allah being his or her Lord and that Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam is the last and final Messenger of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala sent to us, the last generations of Mankind, living today pending the arrival of Yaum al Qiyyamah, the Doomsday.

You have to study about our faith. You have to make a concerted effort in understanding our religion or Way of Life.

You can't afford to take chances with your Aqeedah.

You have only one Life, here on Earth.

Don't waste away your precious remaining moments of your interim life here on Earth by swallowing all the hype and untruths that the Kuffars are dishing out daily and join the hypocrites and musyrikins out there in accepting that it's okay for Kaffirs to call their deities as Allah!

That tantamounts to you committing Ash-Shirk Al-Akbar! Na'uzubillah! May Allah Forbid!

Now, what is defined as As-Shirk Al-Akbar?

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala warns in Surah An Nisa Chapter 4 Verse 48 :

48. Inna Allaha la yaghfiru an yushraka bihi wayaghfiru ma doona thalika liman yashao waman yushrik biAllahi faqadi iftara ithman AAatheeman

48. God forgiveth not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgiveth anything else, to whom He pleaseth; to set up partners with God is to devise a sin Most heinous indeed.

Allah forgives not those who set up partners unto Him. To do so amounts to committing a major sin which Allah swears not to forgive.

The current attempt by the Catholic Church of Malaysia to address their concept of god as per their belief in their Trinity which is the foundation of their Christian faith of worshiping ' the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost' @ a 3 in 1 concept of God is contrary to the true faith of Al Islam!

We have been commanded to worship the Only 'Ilah who is none other than Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala.

It is Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala who has revealed to mankind countless scriptures and holy books starting with all His blessed prophets and noble messengers ending with the Seal of the Prophets, the blessed Muhammad ibni Abdullah Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam who came to deliver to us the Supreme Holy Al Quran al Karim, God's Final and Complete Testament for all Mankind to believe in.

For a Muslim to agree and accept that the Christians or any other Kuffars can and ought to address their own conceived forms of a deity besides Allah as 'Allah' makes him or her an ignorant who falls into the category of having committed Ash-Shirk Al-Akbar!

By definition, As-Shirk Al-Akbar means that one worships or acknowledges the right to worship of others along with or besides Allah. This also means or implies that one who is committing Ash-Shirk Al-Akbar of agreeing with the Kuffars of their attributing of divine attributes to any other being or creation besides Allah.

It also implies that one committing such a major sin with agreeing with the Kaffirs that there are others worthy of worship or associating such things with being the source of power of causing harm or capable of benefiting such worshipers with blessings or goodness besides or along with Allah!

The Manifestations of Ash-Shirk Al-Akbar :

There are four aspects of such acts of polytheism which is the act of worshiping others besides Allah.

They are :

1.Shirk Ad-Do'a.

This means invoking, supplicating or praying to other deities or god, gods or goddesses besides Allah.

In Surah Al Ankabut Chapter 29 Verse 65, Allah reveals :

65. Fa-itha rakiboo fee alfulki daAAawoo Allaha mukhliseena lahu alddeena falamma najjahum ila albarri itha hum yushrikoona

65. Now, if they embark on a boat, they call on Allah, making their devotion sincerely (and exclusively) to Him; but when He has delivered them safely to (dry) land, behold, they give a share (of their worship to others)!--

It is known that there are those ingrates amongst Mankind who first call upon Allah when they are in need but then when they get what they prayed for, to commit Shirk by worshiping others or attributing such successes or benefits to others besides Allah.

Even then, what they take to be Allah is often not what He has come to reveal to mankind about Himself and these deviants end up as Kaffirs by worshiping or praying to their own conceived notions of such a deity or deities.

They even attribute divine powers to their fellow human beings when such beings are creations of Allah in the first place. Verily are they amongst the wrongdoers.

2. Shirk an-Niyyah wal-Iradah wal-Qasd.

This form of Shirk carries the implications of those who direct their prayers, intentions or acts with the purpose and determined acts of prayer, worship or religious deeds to the worship of other deity or deities besides Allah.

Allah says in Surah Hud Chapter 11 Verse 9 that :

9. Wala-in athaqna al-insana minna rahmatan thumma nazaAAnaha minhu innahu layaoosun kafoorun

9. If We give man a taste of Mercy from Ourselves, and then withdraw it from him, behold! he is in despair and (falls into) blasphemy.

Verily, ever since the advent of Adam Alaihis Salam into this realm called Earth, his progeny have through the ages, fallen prey to their Nafs and succumbed to their egos in disobeying Allah save for the Mukmins and Mukminats, the good and pious amongst the Muslims who worship Allah as He Deserves and believe in Him and in all that has been revealed to us Mankind through the various prophets and messengers of Allah.

3. Shirk at-Ta'ah.

This involves the act of rendering obedience to any order or authority against the Order of Allah.

Allah Azza Wa Jalla says in Surah At Tauba Chapter 9 Verses 30 and 31 :

30. Waqalati alyahoodu AAuzayrun ibnu Allahi waqalati alnnasara almaseehu ibnu Allahi thalika qawluhum bi-afwahihim yudahi-oona qawla allatheena kafaroo min qablu qatalahumu Allahu anna yu/fakoona

30. The Jews call 'Uzair a son of Allah, and the Christians call Christ the son of Allah. That is a saying from their mouth; (in this) they but imitate what the unbelievers of old used to say. Allah.s curse be on them: how they are deluded away from the Truth!


31. Ittakhathoo ahbarahum waruhbanahum arbaban min dooni Allahi waalmaseeha ibna maryama wama omiroo illa liyaAAbudoo ilahan wahidan la ilaha illa huwa subhanahu AAamma yushrikoona

31. They take their priests and their anchorites to be their lords in derogation of Allah, and (they take as their Lord) Christ the son of Mary; yet they were commanded to worship but One Allah. there is no god but He. Praise and glory to Him: (Far is He) from having the partners they associate (with Him).

The Jews and the Christians take their Rabbis and their Priests as authorities besides Allah and worship them by giving them divine attributes whereas such rabbis and priests do die and perish away being mere creations of the Almighty yet the ignorants are not any wiser and instead turn them into saints and worship them instead by setting up altars and shrines for them besides what they already have installed in their places of worship.

Verily Almighty Allah reveals the true nature of what the Kuffars have come to commit!

On the authority of `Adi Ibn Hatim (ra), it is reported that he heard the Messenger of Allah (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam) reciting this Qur'anic verse:

" They have taken their rabbis and their monks as lords beside Allah and [they take as a lord] Al-Masih, Isa, the son of Maryam, yet they were not commanded but to worship One God: None has the right to be worshiped but He - Praise and Glory to Him: [Far is He] from having the partners they associate [with Him]" (Qur'an 9:31)

"...and I said to him : "We don't worship them."

He (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam) said: "Do they not forbid what Allah has permitted and do you not then forbid it (to yourselves), and do they not make permissible for you what Allah has forbidden, and do you not then make it permissible (to yourselves)?"

I replied: "Certainly!" He (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam) said: "That is worshipping them." (Narrated by At-Tirmizi, who graded it as Hasan)

`Adi Ibn Hatim informs us in this Hadith, that when he heard the Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam) reciting Allah's Words:

" They have taken their rabbis and their monks as lords beside Allah. And [they take as their lord] Al-Masih, Isa, the son of Maryam" (Qur'an 9:31)

He contradicted the Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam), saying that they do not worship them; for to his mind, what was meant by worship was bowing, prostration, supplication, sacrifice etc.

But the Prophet (Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam) informed him that their obedience to the rabbbis and monks in forbidding the permissible and permitting the forbidden was a form of worship, because they have thus made their rabbis and monks partners to Allah in obedience and in ordaining the Law.

Benefits Derived From This Hadith

1. Evidence that the rabbis and monks are astray.

2. Confirmation of the Jews' and Christians' Shirk.

3. That the original Message of all the Messengers and Prophets was Tawheed.

4. That obedience to any of Allah's creatures, if it entails disobedience to Allah , constitutes an act of worship.

5. The obligation to inquire from the people of knowledge about matters which one does not understand.

6. The rejection of blind obedience to Allah's creatures, for all except the Prophets are fallible.

Relevance of This Hadith to the Subject of the Chapter and to the Subject of Tawheed

That it proves that whoever obeyed a religious scholar by making the permissible forbidden, or vice versa has committed an act of Shirk. Na'uzubillah! May Allah Forbid!

4. Shirk al-Mahabbah.

Dear Brothers and Sisters, my beloved fellow Muslims.

This category of Shirk means showing the love, respect and honor which is due to Almighty Allah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem to other beings or deity, deities, god, goddesses, etcetera in a manner that only befits Him, Al Malikul Mulk, Dzul Jalalli Wal Ikram!

Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala has revealed in Surah Al Baqarah Chapter 2 Verse 165 that :

165. Wamina alnnasi man yattakhithu min dooni Allahi andadan yuhibboonahum kahubbi Allahi waallatheena amanoo ashaddu hubban lillahi walaw yara allatheena thalamoo ith yarawna alAAathaba anna alquwwata lillahi jameeAAan waanna Allaha shadeedu alAAathabi

165. Yet there are men who take (for worship) others besides God, as equal (with God.: They love them as they should love God. But those of Faith are overflowing in their love for God. If only the unrighteous could see, behold, they would see the penalty: that to God belongs all power, and God will strongly enforce the penalty.

It's amazing when I ponder upon the Patience and Magnanimosity of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala who in His Absolute Grace and Mercy still allows those who defy Him to continue as they please here on Earth?

But then again, when I study the history of nations that have perished before us for their travesties against the call of their prophets to the Straight Path, I shudder to think of the suddenness of their demise.

Yet, mankind still persist in their going against the Words of Allah and continue with their mischief and evil designs against Al-Islam, the only revealed faith for all mankind who choose to be Al Mukminin na wal Mukminats.

Those who choose different will only come to taste the fruits of their labors in the hereafter. Insya Allah.

That completes the explanation about Ash-Shirk Al-Akbar.

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Let us now study about Ash-Shirk al-Asghar.

This is deemed to be the minor form of Shirk against Allah yet still carries the sin of going against the Almighty.

What are the form of these acts of shirk?

Well, they can be described as acts performed by someone to show off his or her acts of faith or religious deeds in public.

Any acts of worship or religious deeds that are carried out in order to draw the praise or attention of others, fame or worldly benefit falls into this category.

The committer of this acts of shirk sadly end up with getting no blessings for such acts and in turn become sinners out of vain and stand in line to be punished with hellfire unless he or she really, truly repents towards Allahu Ta'ala.

103. Qul hal nunabbi-okum bial-akhsareena aAAmalan

103. Say: "Shall we tell you of those who lose most in respect of their deeds?-


104. Allatheena dalla saAAyuhum fee alhayati alddunya wahum yahsaboona annahum yuhsinoona sunAAan

104. "Those whose efforts have been wasted in this life, while they thought that they were acquiring good by their works?"


105. Ola-ika allatheena kafaroo bi-ayati rabbihim waliqa-ihi fahabitat aAAmaluhum fala nuqeemu lahum yawma alqiyamati waznan

105. They are those who deny the Signs of their Lord and the fact of their having to meet Him (in the Hereafter): vain will be their works, nor shall We, on the Day of Judgment, give them any weight.


106. Thalika jazaohum jahannamu bima kafaroo waittakhathoo ayatee warusulee huzuwan

106. That is their reward, Hell, because they rejected Faith, and took My Signs and My Messengers by way of jest.

Surah Al Kahf Chapter 18 Verses 103 to 106. Holy Al Quran al Karim.

Even the Blessed Noble Prophet Muhammad is told to say by Allah in Surah al Kahf Verse 110 that :

110. Qul innama ana basharun mithlukum yooha ilayya annama ilahukum ilahun wahidun faman kana yarjoo liqaa rabbihi falyaAAmal AAamalan salihan wala yushrik biAAibadati rabbihi ahadan

110. Say: "I am but a man like yourselves, (but) the inspiration has come to me, that your Allah is one Allah. whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner.

The Greatest of Allah's Messengers, the Chief of all of Allah's Prophets is told to proclaim that he is just a man like the rest of us.

However to those of us who are Muslims studying about our faith and its various forms of knowledge contained within, such a recognition depends on one's field of knowledge and realization that if it were not for Muhammad Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam, this life here on Earth and all the other realms of existence would not have come to be?

Those who carry out acts in vain in trying to garner fame, favor or fortune are sure to end up as bankrupts on the Day of Judgment for Allah the Most Knowing surely will expose the true intentions of such persons then.

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The last of the category of Ash Shirk falls into the Ash-Shirk al-Khafi.

Now this act of Shirk is known as 'The inconspicuous Shirk'.

This is the act of feeling dissatisfied with the takdir of Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta'ala and one's thinking that if one had gone and seen this or that person, deity or being, one's situation would have been better?

This shirk is within one's mindset and form of thinking.

'If only?'.

This is a subconscious form of displeasure within one's frame of thought that only he or she knows that they did think like that and had not accepted the outcome of one's decision carried out willfully after a serious contemplation before committing such an act?

This kind of feeling displeased with what is the natural consequence of one's actions tantamounts to committing an act of Ash Shirk al Kahfi.

Rasul Sallalahu Alaihi Wassallam advised us to repent daily by offering this prayer :

" O Allah! I take Your refuge from that I should ascribe anything as partner in Your worship, being conscious of that, and I beg Your pardon for that sin which I am not aware of."

Amin Ya Rabbal Alamin.

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With that I end this sharing of knowledge with you my beloved Ikhwanul Muslimin na wal Muslimat and hope that you will in turn spread this nasihah with others worth your time.

Insya Allah.

Wabillahi Taufik Wal Hidayah.

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

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