Monday, April 26, 2010

Tauheed And Shirk

Man has been so ungrateful to Allah in all the times for the blessings that are provided to him. That the blessings provided to him are those that man cannot create, control or handle. All the operation of the world is handled by Allah alone. Here a question arises in the minds of both the believers and non-believers that what is the mankind here for then? Allah has replied in the Quran in the following way:

"And I created not the Jinns and men except that they should worship Me (Alone)." [51: 56]

Another question that arises is that if we are here to worship then is just saying Namaz the method to worship in Islam or is the word worship meant for something else.

Ibn Taymiyyah has defined worship as: "a term which comprises everything that Allah loves and approves of from the apparent and hidden sayings and deeds."

Therefore worship is the word solely meant for the sake of pleasing Allah and has nothing to do with polytheism. This is actually the acceptance of man from his heart and his actions to believe in the oneness of Allah. The opposite of this concept is shirk or polytheism.

Allah Says: "If you call upon them, they hear not your call, and if (in case) they were to hear, they could not grant it (your request) to you. And on the Day of Resurrection, they will disown your worshipping them" [35: 14]

Therefore in several places in Quran Allah has said about different types of shirks man commits. On the judgment day man would not find the ones who he has been calling in for help.

"When our Messengers (the angels) come to them to take their souls, they will say: 'Where are those whom you used to invoke and worship besides Allah, 'they will reply, 'They have vanished and deserted us. 'And they will bear witness against themselves, that they were disbelievers." [7: 37].