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22. Shirk in al-Asmaa was-Sifaat

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Shirk in this category includes both the common pagan practice of giving Allaah the attributes of His creation as well as the act of giving created beings Allaah’s names and attributes

1. Shirk by Humanization: Allah is given the qualities/attribute of human or animal. Picture of God as an old European man, reaching out to Adam, spark of light…picture by Michelangelo. Hindus and Buddhists worship countless idols in the likeness of Asian men and consider them manifestations of God in creation

2. Shirk by Deification: Attributes of Allah are given to His creations. For example, Shiites believe their Imams have the attributes of Infallibility, omnipotence and omniscience [while these can only be attributed to Allah]. For details, Please see Ismaai‘ils, also known as Agha Khanis, consider their leader, the Agha Khan, to be God incarnate.

Claims of Sufis like al-Hallaaj that they have become one with God and as such exist as manifestations of the Creator within His creation may also be included in this aspect of Shirk in al-Asmaa was-Sifaat

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Written by S Ibrahim

Feb 8, 2010 at 12:49 am

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  1. X-cuse me please i want some information on giving the names of Allah to His creation or the names which relate to Him
    For example Mawla,
    and some names which are given to sufis by their followers
    like data gunj bakhsh,peer ghos-e azam,lajbal
    n all there litteral means leads to the meannings of attributes of Allah
    i cant explain it so far coz this is not my language i hope u can understand
    please if any one can ans this as soon as possible
    thank u


    Sep 18, 2013 at 6:05 pm

    • Can we call a low-level clerk with the attributes of the CEO (MD) like “Top-level decision maker”, “Highest Paid Employee” (assuming the CEO / MD gets the maximum salary), etc? No. That would be ridiculous and we are lowering the status of the CEO.

      Now, if we call any of the creations with the attributes of the creator (Allah), we are lowering the status of Allah, and indirectly saying some sufi / peer is equal to Allah

      Seyed Ibrahim

      Sep 18, 2013 at 10:47 pm

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