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Tawheed ul-Ibaadah
  An Explanation of the Truth of Monotheism
Author: Shaikh Salih al-Fawzaan
Source: Trans. M.S. Dabas
Article ID : TAW020001  [114791]  
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So, idolaters have no evidence or proof, while the Oneness of Allah is based up on absolute proofs and very clear evidence. Allah the Almighty has said in the Holy Quran "Is there a doubt about Allah, the creator of the heavens and the earth." (93)

He the Almighty has also said in the Holy Quran "O, you people, adore your Guardian-Lord who created you and those who came before you that you may have a chance to learn righteousness. Who had made the earth your couch and the heavens your canopy, and sent down rains from the heavens and brought forth therewith fruits for your sustenance. Then set not up rivals unto Allah when you know the truth." (94)

TWELFTH : Extremist mystics and their followers say that idolatry is the love of the worldly life and the yearning to attain its pleasure. In fact, with such argument, they intend to hide their own greater idolatry which is reflected in their veneration of graves and the cults of their saints. As far as the yearning for material life is concerned, it is rewardable as lg as it is within the limits which have been set by Allah and it is encouraged for the purpose of obtaining sustenance to continue in the worship of Allah the Almighty.


We may conclude here that idolatry is a most heinous sin. Allah the Almighty has said, "False worship (shirk) is indeed the highest wrongdoing." (95) The idolater will never be granted forgiveness if he has not renounced idolatry before his death. Allah the Almighty has also said in the Holy Quran "Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him. But He forgives anything else." (96) The idolater will never enter Paradise. Allah stated in the Holy Quran "... Whoever joins other gods with Allah, He will forbid him the Garden..." (97) Idolaters are unclean (mentally and spiritually due to their association of other gods with Allah or due to their rejection of the authority of Allah) and therefore they are not allowed to enter the Holy Mosque, as stated in the Holy Quran "O, you believers! Truly the pagans are unclean. So let them not after this year of theirs (i.e. live) approach the Sacred Mosque." (98)

The blood and wealth of an idolater is not inviolable. As Allah the Almighty has stated in the Holy Quran "When the forbidden months are past, then fight and slay the pagans wherever you find them. And seize them beleaguer them and lie in wait for them in every strategem of war. But if they repent and establish regular prayers and practice regular charity, then open the way for them." (99)

The idolater has gone astray and sinned by turning away from Monotheism, and he has fallen a far distance, as Allah the Almighty has stated in the Holy Quran, "If any one assigns partners to Allah, he is as if he had fallen from heaven and been snatched up by birds, or the wind had swooped (like a bird on its prey) and thrown him into a distant place." (100) The true believer is not allowed to marry an idolater, as He, the Almighty stated in the Holy Quran "Do not marry unbelieving women until they believe. A slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman though she allures you. Nor marry your girls to unbelievers until they believe. A man slave who believes is better than an unbelievers who allures you." (101)

The worship and prayer of an idolater is not accepted by Allah the Almighty, for Allah the Almighty has stated in the Holy Quran "It has already been revealed to you, as it was to those before you, if you were to joining gods with Allah, truly fruitless will be your work in life, And you will surely be among those who lose." (102) He, the Almighty furthermore stated in the Holy Quran "If they were to join other gods with Allah, all that they did would be vain for them." (103)

We pray Allah to keep us away from suspicions, idolatry, hypocrisy, bad conduct and all adversities in our wealth and family. 0, Allah, guide us to the right path and enable us to follow it and keep us away from falsehood and make it clear to us.

"Glory be to the Lord, of honor and power. He is free from what they ascribe to Hi. And peace and blessings of Allah be upon the apostles. And praise to Allah, the Lord and Cherisher of the Worlds." (104) "Glory to Him, and He is above the partners they ascribe unto Him" (l05) "Glory to Him! He is high above all that they say! Exalted and Great (beyond measure)" (106)

Peace and blessings of Allah be upon our prophet Muhammad, his companions and his true followers.

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