Types Of Shirk Among Muslims
It’s a common understanding among the Muslims that shirk is only done by non-Muslims. But No! It is not so. Shirk is also prevalent among Muslims. Below mentioned and explained are some of the common types of it which we find among Muslims.
- (i) Going to the grave and calling upon the dead.
- (ii) Wearing of Talisman (Taweez)
- (iii) Democracy
- (iv) Fatwa Shopping
- (v) Palmistry and Fortune telling
- (vi) Asking someone to intercede with Allah (SWT)
- (vii) Riya Showing off
- (viii) Excessive love of someone or something
- (ix) Worship of Money
- (x) Making your own nafs as a god (Worshipping your passions)
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(i) Going to the grave and calling upon the dead.
Many people who profess to be Muslims, go to the Dargah and call upon a dead person in the grave and they think that by doing so they will have their needs fulfilled. What is the difference between that and worshipping an idol? It is one and the same thing!!
“But you cannot make those to hear who are (buried) in graves.” (Quran 35:22)
(ii) Wearing of Talisman (Taweez)
Wearing of amulets, talisman (taweez) etc. is also shirk Since you attribute it the power to protect you.
Isa ibn Hamza said: I went to see Abdullah ibn Hakim and his face was red due to high fever. I said to him: ‘Why don’t you use an amulet?’ He said: ‘We seek refuge with Allah from it. The Messenger of Allah (saws) said: “Whoever wears anything as an amulet will be entrusted to it”. (Narrated by Abu Daw’ud)
Democracy means “rule of the people”. It is people who decide what is lawful and what is unlawful. What is halal (lawful) and what is haraam (unlawful). The sovereignty belongs to people and NOT to Allah. When we demand democracy, we deny that Allah is Al-Hakim (The judge) and we deny that Allah is Al-Hakeem (The most wise).
(iv) Fatwa Shopping
Some Muslims hunt for a fatwa which suits their perverted beliefs, and when they get it, they rely upon it and continue doing what they are doing even though its ruling is crystal clear in the Quran and the Sunnah of the Prophet (pbuh). Some examples of Fatwa shopping are:
Riba: Though majority of scholars agree that bank interest is prohibited in Islam and its very clear from the Quran and the Sunnah. Yet certain Muftis have given fatwas that it is permissible for Muslims living in the west to deal in interest.
Muslims normally hunt for such fatwas and continue dealing in riba even though its prohibition is crystal clear in the Quran
Hijaab: When France enforced the ban on hijaab, certain Muftis went on to say that its not compulsory for Muslim women in the west to wear hijaab! Many Muslims hunt for such fatwas and start following such Muftis, even though its commandment is in black & white in the Quran.
So Dear Muslims follow what Allah and his Messenger (SAW) say and stop hunting for fatwas to suit your perverted beliefs.
(v) Palmistry and Fortune telling
All sorts of fortune telling including palmistry and horoscopes are prohibited in Islam. Only Allah (SWT) knows the future and only he has the knowledge of the unseen. It is shirk because you attribute one of the qualities of Allah to human beings who do not have the knowledge of the unseen.
(vi) Asking someone to intercede with Allah (SWT)
Some Muslims ask Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and also other saintly people to intercede with Allah. It is no doubt a shirk .It is prohibited to ask someone to intercede with Allah. He commands us to pray and supplicate to him directly. But certain people still intercede with Allah. Many Shia Muslims ask Hazrat Ali to intercede with Allah which is shirk .
“And your Lord says: “Call on Me; I will answer your (Prayer): but those who are too arrogant to serve Me will surely find themselves in Hell – in humiliation!”
(vii) Riya Showing off
Riya (Showing off) is that you do your deeds to show off to people and not to appease Allah.
Prophet (SAW) said: ‘The thing that I fear for you the most is minor shirk’. The companions asked: ‘O’ Messenger of Allah, what is minor shirk?’ He replied: ‘Showing off (ar-riya), for verily Allah will say on the day of resurrection when people are receiving their rewards, ‘Go to those whom you were showing off too in the world and see if you can find any reward from them”.
(viii) Excessive love of someone or something
Many Muslims beat themselves to commemorate someone who has passed away. They get dissatisfied with the will of Allah. Loving someone or something more than Allah (SWT) is also shirk.
“But those of Faith are overflowing in their love for Allah.” (Quran)
The love for Allah is being obedient to him and his messenger (pbuh).
(ix) Worship of Money
Meaning halal or haram, the person doesn’t care, he just want to have it.
The Prophet pbuh said, “Let the slave of Dinar and Dirham of Quantify and Khamisa (i.e. money and luxurious clothes) perish (destroy) for he is pleased if these things are given to him, and if not, he is displeased (and he doesnt care if its halal or haram).”
(x) Making your own nafs as a god (Worshipping your passions)
A Muslim is the one who submits his will to Allah. If you submit to anyone else other than Allah, you have taken that thing or that person as a god other than Allah. It even includes your nafs. If you submit to your nafs and do whatever you want to do regardless of what Allah commands, then you have made it your god.
Allah says in Quran: “Did you see the one who took his own wishes and whims as his god?”
Allah says in the Holy Quran Chapter 9 Surah Taubah verse 51:
Say: “Nothing will happen to us except what Allah has decreed for us: He is our Protector”; and on Allah let the believers put their trust.
Most of us including me would think that the above means that every little thing we do is shirk, and will allah forgive us or not etc?
The kinds that are mentioned above are true as references of the above are available in Quran & Sunnah but keep this in mind that if we do any of the above shirks mistakenly than it will be considered as a sin and one can repent for it. But if they become your habit & you do it again & again & even after knowing that its shirk than even one of the above committed can destroy all the good deeds.
May Allah Protect Us & Have Mercy On Us. Ameen
“Success Comes From ALLAH, And ALLAH Knows Best”