Shirk generally means to believe that there are other Gods beside Allah (SWT) or He might have a partnership with someone. Shirk is the denial of Tawheed and is the opposite of believing in the oneness of Allah (SWT). Tawheed is the core of Islam and no one can enter the religion of Islam without firmly believing in the fact that Allah (SWT) is the one and only God. Allah (SWT) has stated that Shirk is the biggest of sins which can never be forgiven until and unless someone seeks His mercy and truly believe that the only true God is Allah (SWT) alone. We see people commit different type of Shirk in our societies without realizing we are committing the biggest of sins.
Allah (SWT) has forbids setting up false Gods and rivals in His place and condemns them if they do so. Allah (SWT) says in Quran:
Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshipped)” (Quran, 2:22).
Our beloved Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said in one of his hadiths about shirk:
“Whoever dies to claim that Allah has a rival, will enter Hell” (Bukhari).
Being a Muslim we all know that Shirk is one of those acts which is not acceptable which involves believing that there are Gods other than Allah (SWT) or He has partners or companions. There are three types of Shirk.
- The Major Shirk
- The Minor Shirk
- The Hidden Shirk
At times we don’t even realize that we are committing Shirk which are mentioned above. Following are some of the examples of Shirk we should always avoid:
- Arguing on Allah’s command is considered as a “major shirk”
- To adore and worship living and non-living things other than Allah Almighty
- Instead of praying and worshipping only for the sake of Allah, to pray and worship so that other people will see them and appreciate him. Worshipping like that is a kind of associating partners with Allah.
- It is impermissible to place admiration on things or people in a way that it leads to attributing lordship. This type of shirk is considered as “minor shirk”
- Extreme admiration in which admiring people to such a point that is due to Allah only
- Giving charity to gain praise and attention or we can say for the purpose of showing off instead of doing it for Allah Almighty
- Humanizing Allah (SWT) by giving Him attributes similar to humans is shirk.
Allah Almighty says in Noble Quran:
“There is nothing like Him, and He sees and hears all things.” (Quran 42:11)
- Associating Allah (SWT) and His will to people. Major shirk is to ask the help of a saint to achieve one’s needs. As Allah Almighty says in Holy Quran:
“And do not invoke besides Allah that which neither benefits you nor harms you, for if you did, then indeed you would be of the wrongdoers.”(Quran, 10:106)
- Having a belief that an individual is a prophet or a companion of prophet or a righteous man has the knowledge of unseen is an act of Shirk. Holy Quran says:
“And with HIM are the keys of Ghaib (all that’s hidden), none knows them but HE.”(Quran, 6:59)
In short, A believer must avoid all kinds of shirk. Whether they are hidden or visible, open or covered. The real oneness can only be obtained in this way. May Allah Almighty give us the strength to follow the right path! Ameen