Bismillah, walhamdulillah, wasalatu wassalaam alaa rasoolillah!
Hey there, we’re back for part 2 of the second lesson.
Previously, we discussed the antithesis of Tawheed, namely ‘Shirk’ (see the previous lesson).
It’s really important to know what shirk is exactly, since it’s the biggest sin, we need to know what it is so we can avoid it!
The Antithesis or Tawheed: ‘Shirk’ and its categories
Shirk means to ascribe a partner/partners to Allah (The One True God), in His Lordship and/or worship.
- Shirk in Rububiyyah (Lordship): This occurs by: (a) association- that is, to associate a partner with God (Allah) in His Lordship, (b) negation– that is by denying the existence of God, by denying His Lordship.
- Shirk in Asma wa sifaat (names and attributes): This occurs by: (a) deification, that is, to believe that created beings possess similar attributes as God, thereby elevating others to the status of God, for example, believing that created beings are all-knowing, or Ever-living. (b) humanisation, that is to assume that God took a human form, or to attribute characteristics of the creation to God.
- Shirk in Ibadah (Worship): To worship another besides Allah. Most of the shirk occurs in this category. This can be major and minor. For example, major shirk includes taking idols, humans, created things, others as intermediaries or partners with God. Minor shirk, on the other hand, includes showing off in acts of worship (riyaa).
May Allah protect us! ameen
Let us stay away from these types and all types of Shirk!
May Allah protect us from all types of shirk! May Allah, The One, The Compeller, grant us perfect Tawheed for His sake alone forever! May Allah forgive us for any error. Allahumma salli alaa Muhammad Sallallahu alayhi wasallam. ameen!