Check below answers in case you are looking for other related questions:

U say shirk means invoking other than Allah whereas till date I have known it as association of partners besides Allah (Islamic studies),so from where have u got this meaning ?

Mu' meneen Brothers and Sisters,

As Salaam Aleikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh.  (May Allah's Peace, Mercy and Blessings be upon all of you)



One of our brothers/sisters has asked this question:

U say ‘shirk’ means ‘ invoking other than Allah’ whereas till date I have known ‘it’ as ‘association of partners besides Allah’ (Islamic studies),so from where have u got this meaning ? (I’m not being rude, just wont to go till the depth)


And if u say it has same meaning then how did u come upto this conclusion. According to the meaning in the Islamic Studies, we have never worshipped anybody then Allah and Syedna is a preacher or a parent to us and nothing else. We of course love him but not to be confused with ‘worship’


(There may be some grammatical and spelling errors in the above statement. The forum does not change anything from questions, comments and statements received from our readers for circulation in confidentiality.)




The Sin Most Hated By Allah

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is no one (no idol, no person, no grave, no prophet, no imam, no dai, nobody!) worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.


Your Statement: (I’m not being rude, just wont to go till the depth).

May Allah bless you in this world and in the hereafter, for having the quest for knowledge and seeking nothing but the Truth. If Allah helps us, and opens yours and our hearts to accept and understand the Truth, rather than blindly following the deen just because one is born into it; it will indeed be His Mercy and His Grace.


If you are indeed seeking only the Truth, and are willing to accept the Truth without any prejudice, and are not swayed by sect-ism or blind faith; we will try to prove it to you, Insha Allah, from the clear aayahs of the Holy Quran, and the practice of the Messenger of Allah (saws); that what is happening in our sect, is, without an iota of a doubt, manifest shirk…… which is the most hated, heinous, and the only unforgivable sin in the sight of Allah Subhanah!


Please read this article with an open heart, seeking nothing but the Truth; and we humbly implore Allah to guide you and us to nothing but the Truth.


The Last Messenger of Allah (saws) was sent to the people of Makkah, and Allah says in the Glorious Quran that they committed shirk. Just give a moments thought to what was it exactly, that they were doing…and Insha Allah, you will realize what exactly is this ‘shirk’.


These ‘mushriks’ were the custodians of the Sacred House of Allah Subhanah, the Kaabah. These ‘mushriks’ performed the tawaaf (circumambulation) of the Sacred House! These ‘mushriksperfomed the pilgrimages of Umrah and Hajj! These ‘mushriks’ believed sincerely that they were following the ‘millah’ or path of Prophet Ibrahim (a.s.)! They even chanted and pronounced the same ‘talbeeyah’ that the believers pronounce today in Hajj and Umrah, with only a little ‘addition’.


The Talbeeyah taught by Prophet Mohamed (saws) to the believers, and which is still declared today by the muslims, is:


Labbayk Allah humma Labbayk! (Here I come, O Allah, Here I come!)

Labbayka La Shareeka laka Labbayk! (Here I come. You Have No Partners, Here I come!)

Innal Hamda, Wan-Nehmata, Laka wal Mulk! (All Praise is for You, and All Blessings from You, Sovereignty belongs to You!)

Laa Shareeka Lak! (You have no partners).


The mushriks used to pray the above exact same Talbeeyah during Umrah and Hajj, but used to add this statement in the end to justify their shirk….

Illa Shareekan Tamlekohu, wama malak! (Except those partners, whose ‘Maalik’ are You, and You are also the Maalik of their possessions!)


It was not as if these ‘mushriks’ of Makkah did not believe in Allah as their Lord and Creator! They believed in Allah as their Creator and the Creator of everything that was in existence. They believed that Allah ordained life and death. They believed that Allah gave the rains and their produce. They believed that Allah created the sun and the moon, the heavens and the earth, and everything that exists in between. They even worshipped Allah… believed in the Prophets Ibrahim (a.s.) and Ismail (a.s.)…..believed that they were on the path of these noble Prophets…..they believed in the Sacred House of Allah … did its tawaaf in worship…performed pilgrimages of Umrah and Hajj to the Sacred House of Allah in worship…..bowed down to Allah in worship…..


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 23 Surah Muminoon verses 84-90:Ask them (these mushriks, O Mohamed), “Tell me, if you know, Whose is the earth and all who dwell in it?” They (the mushriks) will surely say, “Allah’s!” Ask them, “Then why do you not understand this?” Ask them, “To Whom do the seven heavens and the Glorious Throne belong?” They will surely say, “To Allah!” Say, “Then why do you not fear Him?” Say to them, “Tell me, if you know, Whose is the Sovereignty over everything? And Who is that Being Who gives protection while none can give protection against Him?” They will surely say, This Power belongs to Allah Alone!” Say, How then are you so deluded?” The fact is that We have brought the Truth before them, and un-doubtedly these people (the mushriks) are liars!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 29 Surah Ankaboot verse 61-63:If you (O Mohamed) ask them (the mushriks), “Who has Created the earth and the heavens, and Who has subjected the moon and the sun?” They will surely say, Allah!” How are they then being deceived? Allah it is Who gives abundantly to those of His servants He pleases, and sparingly to those He Wills. Surely Allah knows everything. If you ask them, “Who sent down rainwater from the sky, and thereby raised the dead earth back to life?” They will surely say, “Allah!” Say, Praise be to Allah” Yet most of them do not use their commonsense!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumar verse 38:If you (O Mohamed) ask them (the mushriks), “Who Created the heavens and the earth?” They will say, Allah!” Ask them, “When the fact is this, do you think that if Allah wills harm for me, those whom you invoke instead of Allah, will avert His harm from me? Or, if Allah wills to show me mercy, will they be able to withhold His Mercy?” Therefore, tell them, Allah is enough for me! In Him do those who trust, repose their trust.”




They believed that Allah was too distant and would not hear or answer their prayers, if they did not go through one or more of His pious holy slaves….!! Thus, they created idols and images in the names of some of the pious holy men who had passed away, and put them in and near the Sacred House of Allah … and believed that Allah would only answer their prayers, if they went ‘through’ one of these idols or images. These idols were nothing but images they had created of the pious holy men who had died amongst them, or before them…. It is reported from Ibn Abbas that some of these idols were the images of the pious believers who were saved by Allah along with Prophet Noah in his Ark, from the destruction of the people of Noah!


To make these idols pleased with them, these ‘mushriks’ of Makkah would sacrifice in these idol’s name, feed the poor in their name, do ‘niyaaz’ and ‘nazr’ in these idol’s names, celebrate their birthdays and death-days as festivals, and serve them devotedly….only to get closer to Allah, as they believed that these idol’s had some sway or influence over the decisions of Allah Subhanah!


None of these ‘mushriks’ believed that any of these idols was their Creator, and/or the Creator of the heavens or the earth! Their only belief was that these idols were somehow very close to Allah; and Allah would only accept their prayers, if they invoked one of these idols, and told them to take their messages and prayers to Allah!


This invocation and this serving of the idols, this sacrifice, and niyaaz, and nazr, and celebration of certain days of the idols… is exactly what Allah Subhanah wa Taala calls ‘SHIRK’ in the Glorious Quran!!!!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 39 Surah Zumur verse 2-3:So worship Allah Alone, making your religion His exclusively. Beware! Religion is the exclusive Right of Allah. As for those who have taken other ‘auliyas’ (guardians) with Allah (and justify their this conduct by saying): “We serve them only that they may bring us closer to Allah.” Allah will surely judge between them concerning all that in which they differ. Allah does not show guidance to any liar and denier of the Truth.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 18:These people serve beside Allah those which can neither harm nor benefit them, and say, “These are our ‘shofa’a’ (intercessors) with Allah!” (O Mohammed), tell them, “Do you wish to inform Allah of that thing which He knows not in the heavens, or in the earth?” He is absolutely free from, and exalted above the SHIRK that they commit.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 66:Note it well that all the dwellers of the heavens and the earth belong to Allah. And those who invoke partners besides Allah, follow nothing but surmises and merely indulge in guess-works!


These mushriks of Makkah believed and worshipped Allah; but they also invoked and worshipped and sacrificed and did rites and rituals to please their gods, along with Allah! This is exactly what Allah Subhanah has termed ‘shirk’ in the Glorious Quran!!!!


They invoked and worshipped Allah; but along with Allah they also invoked and worshipped their idols, and images, and gods and goddesses… which were nothing but images made in the name of their holy priests and saints who had passed away! This is exactly what Allah Subhanah has termed ‘shirk’ in the Holy Quran!!!


They worshipped Allah, but did not worship Him Alone!!! They invoked Allah, but they did not invoke Him Alone!!! They invoked and worshipped their deities with Allah! And this is exactly what Allah has called ‘shirk’ all over the Quran! Having worshipped and invoked Allah with any thing, or being, or deity, or god, or goddess, or name … is like not having worshipped Allah at all!!!!!


And this sin of ‘shirk’ is so grave, and so heinous, and so horrible, and so monstrous… that Allah Subhanah has declared it as the only unforgivable sin on the Day of Judgment, and has Himself promised that He has made Paradise ‘haraam’ for those who die in the state of ‘shirk’!!!!


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


If one prays all his life, and keeps fasts, and performs Hajj and Umrah every year, and gives his whole wealth in charity, and spends his whole life in doing good works…but is a committer of ‘shirk’…. Allah has declared that all his deeds will be worthless on the Day of Judgment, and this person will be thrown in the fire of Hell!!! This is how serious is this sin of ‘shirk’!!!


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.


You said, you are looking only for the Truth! And the Glorious Quran is nothing but the Words of Truth from none other than the Truthful Lord!


Now, sincerely ask your heart… what is the difference between the mushriks of Makkah and what happens in our sect today?

They made images and idols of clay and mud of their holy men and priests who died before them; Our people made graves, tombs, and shrines over our dead holy men, and pious slaves of Allah!


They fed the poor in the name of their deites, did nazr, did niyaaz, did sacrifice in their name, celebrated their birth and death days, and served them devotedly to please them; our people do the exact same thing!


They spent their lives trying to please their deities, so that these deities may take their prayers to Allah and help them to get it answered; our people do exactly the same thing!


They bowed down to their deities, and they also bowed down to Allah; our people do exactly the same things!


They named themselves the slaves of their deities, like Abdul-Manat, Abdul-Laat, Abdul-Uzza, etc. Our people do exactly the same thing and name themselves Abde-Syedna, and Abde-Ali, and Abdul-Hussain, and Abdul-Nabi!


They never ever believed that their deities were their creators. They only served them because they believed that these deities were very close to Allah and if they could somehow please the deities, Allah would be pleased with them and answer their prayers; our people too, don’t ever believe that Mohamed (saws), or Ali (r.a.), or Fatema (r.a.), or Hussain (r.a.), or the Imams (r.a.) or the Dais are the creators of the heavens or the earth! But, they believe exactly as the mushriks of Makkah believed, that if they served these noble and pious slaves of Allah, and invoked their names with Allah, and did rites and rituals in their names….Allah will be pleased with them and answer their prayers!


Shirk is the same… whether it was practiced 1400 years ago at the time of the Messenger of Allah (saws)… or it is practiced today! Some rites, rituals, manners, and styles of deities may change… but the concept remains exactly the same!!!!!!


If one looks and contemplates closely, he will realize that these idols, or graves, or images, etc… these deities that they have invented…. Do not speak to them, neither guide them, nor can give them a Book that guides! But each of these idols and graves have a group of unscrupulous supposedly religiously-clad pandits and maulas behind them, whose discreet slogan always is: Worship these deities, and obey and follow us!!!!!

And that is exactly what is shirk!


And what Allah is guiding towards in the Quran… is that He is the All-Seeing (therefore He Alone sees everthing), He is the All-Hearing (therefore He Alone hears everything), He is the All Powerful (no one has any power or strength besides Him), and He Alone is the Master of the Day of Judgement (therefore, none can influence His Decision or Decree in the least!). He Alone is the Creator of everything in the heavens and the earth…. Therefore, He Alone deserves our worship…and He Alone must be obeyed and followed!

And that is the Message of Tawheed!


Your Statement: We of course love him but not to be confused with ‘worship’

Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 31:

They have made their scholars and their monks as their Rabbss besides Allah!


It is reported in an authentic narration, that when Hadrat Adi bin Hatim Tai, who was formerly a Christian, came before the Prophet of Allah (saws) to embrace Islam, and asked the Prophet (saws) regarding the above verse of Surah Taubah and said: “This verse accuses us of making our scholars and our monks Rabbs besides Allah, but we never ever worship our scholars and monks.” The Messenger of Allah (saws) replied: “Is it not a fact that you accept as haraam whatever they declare haraam; and halaal whatever they declare halaal?” Adi bin Hatim Tai (r.a.) admitted that they did. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said, “What is that, other than worshipping them?”.


In light of the above aayah of the Quran and the tradition of the Messenger of Allah (saws), it is evident that those who set limits to the haraam and halaal, without the authority from Allah Subhanah, assume for themselves the rank of godhead; and those who acknowledge this right of their scholars and monks, have made them their rabbs; and those who believe and follow the commands of the scholars and monks of halaal and haraam blindly, without any authority from Allah Subhanah, are in truth their worshippers.


Your Question: U say ‘shirk’ means ‘ invoking other than Allah’ whereas till date I have known ‘it’ as ‘association of partners besides Allah’ (Islamic studies),so from where have u got this meaning ? (I’m not being rude, just wont to go till the depth) And if u say it has same meaning then how did u come upto this conclusion.

The Quran uses two words to describe the concept of shirk… invoking others besides Allah, and worshipping others besides Allah! Both are direct manisfestations of the heinous crime of ‘shirk’ according to the Quran!

The Quran uses the Arabic word a’bod for worship. And it uses the word ‘ad-ou’ for the term invoke!


Both of these terms are used extensively all over the Glorious Quran as forms of shirk, when used to invoke or worship others besides Allah!



Almost all the people who today call themselves muslims and also commit ‘shirk’, will never admit that they are involved in ‘shirk’! If only they knew and understood the clear aayahs and teachings of the Glorious Quran, they would immediately understand what exactly does Allah call ‘shirk’….but alas! They are conveniently kept by their unscrupulous leaders, priests, and holy men away from understanding the clear Message of their Lord and Creator! It is only by reading the Quran with understanding, can one realize what exactly is this heinous crime of ‘shirk’ and what are its manifestations! If these people knew that they were committing shirk, they would abstain from it immediately! And because of their ignorance of the guidance of the Revelations of Allah, they believe that they are on the Right Path of Islam; but in reality, they are heavily involved in the rites, and rituals, and beliefs, of shirk!


We humbly implore you, for your own sake… read the Glorious Quran, even only once, from the first to the last Surah with understanding! The whole Quran revolves around the concept of Tawheed (Oneness of Allah) and the refutation of the concept of Shirk (associating, invoking and worshipping others with Allah)!!! Nothing clarifies the concept of Tawheed and Shirk like the very words of our Merciful Lord and Creator!!!!


Please do bear in mind, that Allah Subhanah will accept absolutely no excuses for committing this most heinous and monstrous of crimes…after He has revealed unto mankind His Very Book of Guidance….The Holy Quran! Read it with understanding, and then decide what is Tawheed, and what is Shirk!


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 18 Surah Kahf verses 103-106:Tell them (O Mohamed), “Should We tell you who are the most unsuccessful people and miserable failures in regard to their deeds? They are those, all whose edeavours in the worldly life, had gone astray from the Right Way, but all along they were under the delusion that everything they were doing, was rightly directed! Those are the people who rejected the Revelations of their Lord and did not believe that they would ever go before Him. Therefore all their deeds were lost, for We shall assign no weight to them on the Day of Reserruction. Their recompense is Hell for the disbelief they showed, and for the mockery they adopted in regard to My Aayahs and My Messengers!”


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 7 Surah Aaraaf verses 52-53:We have brought to these people a Book which gives details based on knowledge and which is a guidance and blessing for those who believe. Now, are these people waiting for anything other than the consequence of which they have been warned in the Book? When the consequence will come before them, those very people who aforetime had disregarded it, will say, “Indeed, the Messenger of our Lord had come with the Truth. Shall we have, then, any ‘shufaa’ who will intercede for us? Or could we be sent back that we might do deeds different from those we did before?” They have, indeed, incurred heavy loss upon themselves, and all the false things they had invented have forsaken them today.


Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 10 Surah Yunus verse 66:Note it well that all the dwellers of the heavens and the earth belong to Allah. And those who invoke partners besides Allah, follow nothing but surmises and merely indulge in guess-works!


From Allah we have all come, and to Him is our ultimate return.


Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me. Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.


Your Brother in Islam,


Related Answers:

Recommended answers for you: