1. What is Shirk?
‘Shirk’ or associating another in God-head with Allah, has
three main parts:
1. Shirk in Allah’s person
2. Shirk in Allah’s
3. Shirk in Allah’s Rights
Shirk in Allah’s person:
This would be if one were to claim that Allah has a
son, or has a mother, father, brothers, sisters, family, children; or to claim that
someone or something originated Allah! This is committing ‘shirk’ in Allah’s
Shirk in Allah’s Attributes:
Allah has declared 99 of His attributes in the Glorious
Quran, and Allah Alone knows how many more there are. For example, Allah
is the ‘Al Aleem’ (The All Knowing). He Alone is the All Knowing, of the seen and
the unseen! If we believe anybody else of His creation knows everything, or even
has the power to know everything, then we have wrongfully elevated someone to the position of
Allah’s Attributes, and this is a clear form of shirk.
Similarly, Allah is the ‘As Samee’ (The All
Hearing). He Alone is the All Hearing… We humans can only hear upto certain
decibels; below that limit we cannot hear, and above that limit is
unbearable! Allah Alone hears everything… If we believe anybody else of His creation hears
everything, or even has the power to hear everything, then we have wrongfully elevated
someone to the position of Allah’s Attributes, and this is again shirk.
Similarly, Allah is the ‘Al Qader’ (The One who
is Able to do all things). He Alone has the Power to do anything and
everything! If we believe that anybody of His creation can do whatever they
want, even when Allah does not permit him, this is shirk! Everything that
happens in this world, needs Allah’s permission… only when He permits, can a thing
happen. To believe that somebody can hurt us, or harm us, without the
permission of Allah, is a clear form of Shirk.
Shirk in Allah’s Rights:
The biggest Right of Allah is that being our Creator and
our Sustainer, He Alone deserves our invocation and our worship. This is absolutely the
biggest Right of Allah. No one deserves that we bow down to him and pray to him or call on him
to answer our prayers … This is the Sole Right of Allah Alone. If anyone goes to
anybody, any person, any idol, any grave, any
shrine, anything… and asks them to fulfill our prayers, or even to tell them to take our
Message to Allah, this is an absolute form of Shirk! Allah Alone deserves that we
pray to Him, call on Him, serve Him, sacrifice for Him, fear
Him, obey His laws, follow His appointed Messengers, and obey and follow the
commandments of His Revealed Book! If we do any of the above for anybody else other than
Allah, then it is Shirk.
Bowing in prostration to the grave of the Prophet
(saws), is to share a right that is due to Allah Subhanah Alone with someone else, no
matter who that person or thing is! The Jews shared Allah’s Rights with Moses and
Uzair, and were cursed by Allah; the Christians shared Allah’s Rights with
Jesus, and were cursed by Allah! May Allah have mercy on the people who call
themselves believers, but want to share the Right of Allah with their Prophet
‘Shirk’ is the absolute single biggest sin in
Islam, which Allah has Himself promised in the Holy Quran never to forgive! This
sin is so heinous and so monstrous, that Allah has promised to forgive any of the sins of
man, except this one sin!
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 5 Surah
Maidah verse 72:
Whoever commits ‘shirk’ (invoking anything with
Allah), Allah shall forbid for him Paradise, and Hell shall be his abode. And
for such wrong doers there will be no one to help.
Allah says in the Quran: Chapter 4 Surah An-Nisa Verse 48
Shirk (associating other deities with Allah) is the only sin that Allah does
not forgive, and He forgives, whomsoever He pleases, sins other than this. For whosoever associates
any other partner with Allah, does indeed forge a big lie and commits the most heinous sin
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah
Zumar verse 65-66:
If you commit ‘shirk’ all your works will be
rendered vain and you will be among the losers. Therefore, you should worship Allah
Alone, and be among His grateful servants.
All the Prophets of Allah who were ever sent warned the
believers to beware of this heinous sin of ‘shirk’, which renders all the deeds of man worthless in
the sight of Allah Subhanah.
Thus it becomes our duty to recognize and be aware of
‘shirk’ and all the manifestations of this horrendous and grave sin. Allow me to just give you an
example of what constitutes ‘shirk’:
1. Bowing down to anybody or anything
other than Allah is shirk.
2. Bowing down to the Ahmed Raza is
3. Bowing down to the graves of his
ancestors is shirk.
4. Bowing down to the graves of even the
Prophet (saws), Hadrat Ali (saws), Hadrat Fatema (saws), etc. is shirk.
5. Believing that the dead people in
their graves can hear and answer our duas is shirk.
6. Believing that anybody other than
Allah can do us any harm is shirk.
7. Believing that anybody other than
Allah can bring us some good is shirk.
8. Believing that anybody other than
Allah knows everything is shirk.
9. Believing that anybody other than
Allah sees everything is shirk.
10. Believing that anybody other than Allah listens to our prayers
11. Believing that anybody other than Allah can help us is
12. Believing that anybody other than Allah can guide us is
13. Believing that anybody can influence Allah to give us health
14. Believing that anybody can influence Allah to give us wealth
15. Believing that anybody can influence Allah to give us children
16. Believing that anybody can influence Allah to help us is
17. Believing that anybody has any power with Allah is
18. Believing that anybody has any power with Allah to take us out
of the fire of Hell is shirk.
19. Believing that anybody has any power with Allah on the Day of
Judgement is shirk.
20. Believing that anybody has any power to change the decision of
Allah is shirk.
21. To worship anybody with Allah is shirk.
22. To invoke anybody with Allah is shirk.
23. To raise anybody to the rank of Allah is shirk.
24. To give any of Allah’s attributes to anybody else is
25. To believe that anybody has the power to bring about any
miracles on his own is shirk.
26. To go to somebody to take our message or supplication to Allah
To associate other beings or things with Allah is
‘shirk’! To share any of the noble Attributes of Allah with anyone is
‘shirk’! To invoke or worship anyone or anything with Allah is
The Glorious Quran is the Book which absolutely details
each and every manifestation of shirk and makes the readers aware of what exactly is this most hated of crimes
in the sight of Allah. It also details on how one has to avoid all the acts of
shirk, and believe and invoke and worship the Lord of the Worlds, Allah Subhanah