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23. Shirk in ‘Ibaadah

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Shirk in al-‘Ebaadah: Acts of worship are directed to other than God, and the reward for worship is sought from the creation instead of the Creator

1. Ash-Shirk al-Akbar (Major Shirk): Any act or worship is directed to other than Allaah. Examples: Idolatry, following the lusts/desires [loving things/people more than that of Allah], prostration to people or things.

(Quran Chapter 16. An Nahl verse 36)

Surely, we have sent among Every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): “Worship Allaah (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Taaghoot (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not Worship Taaghoot besides Allaah)”…

If a man allows the love of anything or anyone to come between himself and Allaah, then he has worshipped that thing, In this way, money can become one’s god or even one’s desires could become a god.

The Prophet (PBUH) said, “ The worshipper of the dirham [i.e. Money] will always be miserable” [Sahih Bukhari]

(Quran Chapter 25. Furqaan verse 43)

Have You seen him who has taken as his Ilaah (God) his own desire?

2. Ash-Shirk al-Asghar (Minor Shirk): ar-Riya (showing off). Hidden shirk destroys the value/reward of that act. Check out your intentions before, while doing and after doing any deed.

Allah’s Messenger (PBUH) said: The thing I fear for you the most is ash-shirk alasghar (minor shirk). The companions asked O Messenger of Allaah, what is minor shirk? He replied, ‘Ar-Riyaa’ (showing off), for verily Allaah will say on the Day of Resurrection when people are receiving their rewards, “Go to those for whom you were showing off in the material world and see if you can find any reward from them” [Ahmad, at-Tabaraanee and al-Bayhaqee in az-Zuhd]

This is not about dressing nicely, or reciting Quran with Tajweed, or prolonging your prayers etc. This is about your intention – Are you doing it for Allaah, or are you hoping that people will notice you? On the other hand, you MUST NOT stop doing a good deed just because people are noticing you, or praising you. If you become a scholar, people will appreciate that. That doesn’t mean, you should not learn things. But, don’t learn things expecting appreciation.

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Written by S Ibrahim

Feb 8, 2010 at 7:30 am

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