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Shirk is not limited to . . .

Posted: July 22, 2010 by Bo Perrin in Doctrine – Shirk, Islamic Theology, Passages About Shirk

Shirk is not limited to idols and includes seeking intercession through prophets, angels, jinns and the righteous.

Shirk refers to polytheism or the practice of worshiping another with Allah and making another equal to him. Shirk is the opposite of Islamic monotheism. These passages provide insight into what shirk is.

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Surely, the religion (i.e. the worship and the obedience) is for Allâh only. And those who take Auliyâ’ (protectors and helpers) besides Him (say): “We worship them only that they may bring us near to Allâh.” Verily, Allâh will judge between them concerning that wherein they differ. Truly, Allâh guides not him who is a liar, and a disbeliever. Az-Zumar 39:3

And they worship besides Allâh things that hurt them not, nor profit them, and they say: “These are our intercessors with Allâh.” Say: “Do you inform Allâh of that which He knows not in the heavens and on the earth?” Glorified and Exalted be He above all that which they associate as partners with Him! Yunus 10:18

And (remember) when Allâh will say (on the Day of Resurrection): “O ‘Iesa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary)! Did you say unto men: ‘Worship me and my mother as two gods besides Allâh?’ ” He will say: “Glory be to You! It was not for me to say what I had no right (to say). Had I said such a thing, You would surely have known it. You know what is in my inner­self though I do not know what is in Yours, truly, You, only You, are the All­Knower of all that is hidden and unseen.  Al-Ma’idah 5:116

And (remember) the Day when He will gather them all together, and then will say to the angels: “Was it you that these people used to worship?” 40 They (angels) will say: “Glorified be You! You are our Walî (Lord) instead of them. Nay, but they used to worship the jinns; most of them were believers in them.” 41 Saba’  34:40-41

Those whom they call upon [like ‘Iesa (Jesus) ­ son of Maryam (Mary), ‘Uzair (Ezra), angel, etc.] desire (for themselves) means of access to their Lord (Allâh), as to which of them should be the nearest and they [‘Iesa (Jesus), ‘Uzair (Ezra), angels, etc.] hope for His Mercy and fear His Torment. Verily, the Torment of your Lord is something to be afraid of!  Al-Isra 17:57

And recite to them the story of Ibrâhim (Abraham). 69 When he said to his father and his people: “What do you worship?” 70 They said: “We worship idols, and to them we are ever devoted.” 71 He said: “Do they hear you, when you call (on them)? 72 “Or do they benefit you or do they harm (you)?” 73 Ash-Shu’ara 26:69-73

If you invoke (or 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. And none can inform you (O Muhammad SAW) like Him Who is the All­Knower (of each and everything)[]. Fatir 35:14