A COMPARATIVE STUDY BETWEEN A POLYTHIEST AND A BELIEVER”
Shirk And Its Kinds (The Greater Shirk)
Indeed all praise is for Allah and may peace and blessings be upon His Messenger Muhammad, his family, his companions and all those who follow upon his way until the Last Day.
As Salaamu Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu,
Shirk and Its Kinds.
1. The first kind of Shirk the Shaikh mentioned is the Greater Shirk, which means either to worship other than Allah, or to make partners with Allah in something that is specifically His. For example, to take someone as His partner in worship, obedience, love, fear, supplication, and seeking help.
When one associates partners with Allah - regardless of who that partner is, such as a man, animal, plant, or inanimate object - one has perpertrated the Greater Shirk, examples of which are as follows:
- To supplicate to that partner as one supplicates to Allah.
- To love that partner as one loves Allah.
- To hope from that partner as one hopes from Allah
- To submit oneself in obedience to thay partner as one submits in obedience to Allah
- To fear that partner as one fears Allah.
- To seek someone's judgement instead of the judgement of Allah's Shariah.
Allah Almighty says: "Worship Allah and join none with Him in worship."
Of course, the Greater Shirk is the worst and most severe kind of Shirk; indeed, it is the greatest sin with Allah, for Allah does not accept any deed from its perpetrator, regardless of how pious he may be otherwise. If one dies, associating partners with Allah, Allah will not forgive him, for He says: "Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases, and whoever sets up partners with Allah in worship, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin."
Whoever dies upon this form of Shirk is from the dwellers of the Hellfire, for the Prophet (salla lahu alaihe wa salaam) said: "Whoever dies and he is calling upon other than Allah as a rival then he enters the Hellfire." (Recorded by Al-Bukhairi and Muslim form Ibn Masud)
In another Hadith, the Prophet (salla lahu alaihe wa salaam) said, "Whoever meets Allah without assciating any partners with Him enters Paradise. Whoever meets Him, associating any partner with Him enters the Hellfire." (Recorded by Muslim, from Jabir)
The Muslim, therefore, worships and invokes only Allah, and submits only to Him. For Allah Almighty says: "Say: "Verily, my Salat (prayer), my sacrifice, my living, and my dying are for Allah, the Lord of all that exists. He has no partner. And of this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims."
Before we get in to the subject we should know "Islam" means - One who submits to the will of Allâh (SWT), and follow his Messenger Prophet Mohammed (PBUH)
Prophet (PBUH) says:
Allâh's Apostle said, "If somebody innovates something which is not in harmony with the principles of our religion, that thing is rejected."
(Sahih Al-Bukari) V-3 H-861.
Associating partners with Allâh (SWT) is the foremost Sin in Islam
The foremost major sin in the sight of Allâh (SWT) is "Shirk" - One who associates partner with God. Thus he becomes musrikeen, or polytheist. It is said in the Qur’ân , the polytheist is going to dwell in Hell forever, Allâh (SWT) will never cleansed their sin, nor will He forgive them.
A Comparative Study of Polytheist and those who believe in Oneness of God
A Hindu happen to visit Ajmeer Sherif in Rajastan (INDIA), says I wondered that if there are any differences in Hindu and Muslim is only by names. (below grave worshipper "Muslim" is referred).
Now if you ask any learned "Hindu" why do you worship idols?
He will promptly say you, they are not gods, there are kept as identity to get concentration, and they will take nearness to God.
As we can see the same answer was given by the polytheist (muskrikeen) of Mecca at the time of Prophet The Qur’ân testifies it.
Is it not to Allâh that sincere devotion is due? But those who take for protectors other than Allâh (say): "We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to Allâh." Truly Allâh will judge between them in that wherein they differ. But Allâh guides not such as are false and ungrateful. (HOLY QUR’ÂN -39:3)
Now if you ask the same question why do you worship graves to the grave worshipper?
He will reply, the saint or not dead they are living, we consider them not as god, but we rather call them to get nearness to God.
What is the reply from The Holy Qur’ân about their claim?
Those whom they invoke besides Allâh cerate nothing, and are themselves created. (They are things) dead, lifeless: nor do they know when they will be raised up.(HOLY QUR’ÂN -16:20-21)
Allâh (SWT) is not talking about the idols in the above verses, He is saying to grave worshippers, the dead doesn't know when he will be raised back, for there is no chance of idols to be raised back.
On the day shall We gather them all together; We shall say to those who ascribed partners (to Us) "Where are the partners whom ye invented and talked about. (HOLY QUR’ÂN -6:22).
But those who take for protectors other than Allâh (SWT) say:
"We only serve them in order that they may bring us nearer to Allâh".
Truly Allâh will judge between them in that wherein they differ. But Allâh guides not such as are false and ungrateful. (HOLY QUR’ÂN -39:3)
'Aa'ishah (R.A) and 'Abd-Allâh ibn 'Abbaas (R.A.) said:
"When (death) approached the Messenger of Allâh (PBUH) he started to cover his face with a cloak of his. When he became distressed he lifted it from his face
Prophet (PBUH) said:
"May Allâh curse the Jews and the Christians, for they have taken the graves of their Prophets as places of worship." (Sahih Al-Bukari 414, Muslim).
Prophet (PBUH) said:
"Do not sit on graves and do not pray facing them." (Muslim H-972), Narrator Abu Marthad Al-Ghanawi.
Jundub Ibn 'Abdullaah al-Bajalee said that he heard Prophet (PBUH) said: five days before he died:
"Verily those before you took the graves of their Prophets and righteous people as places of worship, so do not take the graves as places of worship.
Indeed I forbid you from this!" (Muslim 2/67-68)
Abu Hurayrah (R.A) says that the Messenger of Allâh (PBUH) said: "O Allâh, do not turn my grave into an idol. May the curse of Allâh be upon those who take the graves of their Prophets as places of worship" (Ahmad H-7352)
When our Prophet (PBUH) claims that he doesn't know the unseen, he doesn't have the treasures of Allâh, Don't take my grave as idol worship. Then how could we attribute such things to saints in graves and believe in these listed below:
* They listen (dead) to us inside the earth 7 feet depth.
* They understand the language what ever you speak, English, Urdu, Hindi, Gujrati, Maharathi, etc, when one invoke to them to seek help,
* They see us from the grave and reply us.
* They help us in our afflictions, and solve our problems.
* They grant us treasures, and bounties etc.
These are the false claim made by "grave worshippers", they deceive the innocent Ummah of Islam, fill their stomach with fire of what they earn by.
They erect huge structures (Mazars), with decorations and fancies, that none could remember death when one who goes there, only we loose our Iman (believe)
in Allâh (SWT).
Lesson 2. Ruling Upon Visiting Graves
1. Legally sanctioned and desired. This is to visit the graves in order to supplicate for the deceased and to ask for mercy for them, and also to remember death and prepare for the hereafter.
Prophet (PBUH) says:
"Visit the graves they remind you of the Hereafter" This is for men only.
Strict prohibition of action by Prophet (PBUH) "Allâh curses those women who visits the graves" (Trimidhi, Abu-dawud, Ahamad).
Allâh Messenger (PBUH) cursed the women who visit graves, and those taking graves as place of worship, and those lighting lamps at graves. (Trimidhi, Abu-Dawud, Nasai)
2. The second type of visiting is a kind of deviation (heresy), this is the visiting of the graves in order to make prayers to the deceased and ask for their help, or in order to make sacrifices or vows on their behalf. This is an evil and is a great form of Shirk. Reading Qur’ân, or praying at the grave sites were also innovation and deviations. This type of visiting is not legally sanctioned, it the root that lead to Shirk.
From Abul-Hayyaaj al-Asadee who said: "'Ali Ibn Abee Taalib said to me: 'Shall I not send you for what the Messenger of Allâh (PBUH) sent me? That you deface all statues and pictures and that you level all elevated graves." Muslim (3/61), Aboo Daawood (3/70), An-Nisaa'ee (1/285)
'Abdullaah Ibn Sharjeel Hasanah said: "I saw 'Uthmaan Ibn 'Affaan order the leveling of the raves. So it was said to him: 'This is the grave of Umm 'Amr the daughter of 'Uthmaan!' However, he commanded that it too should be leveled." [Related by Ibn Abee Shaybah in al-Musannaf (4/138) and Aboo Zur'ah in at-Taareekh (22/2) with an authentic chain of narrators]
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