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How did shirk (polytheism) originate amongst the people?

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35 views asked May 16, 2014 by Saleh Al-Saleh (1,560 points)

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Origin of Idol worship [Must read!]
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Idol worship initially originated as a result of 'love gone astray'.

Ibn Abbas (RA) and Ibn Abi Hatim (RA) related: "Waddan was a righteous man who was loved by his people. He lived in the period between Adam (AS) and Noah (AS) . When he died, they withdrew to his grave in the land of Babylonia and were overwhelmed by sadness. When Iblis (Satan) saw their sorrow caused by his death, he disguised himself in the form of a man saying: 'I have seen your sorrow because of this man's death; can I make a statue like him which could be put in your meeting place to make you remember him?' They said: 'Yes.'

So he made the statue like him. They put it in their meeting place in order to be reminded of him. When Iblis saw their interest in remembering him, he said: 'Can I build a statue of him in the home of each one of you so that he would be in everyone's house and you could remember him?'

They agreed. Their children learned about and saw what they were doing. Iblis crept into their minds saying: 'Your forefathers used to worship them.' So they worshipped them instead of Allah. These idols were later ascribed to bestow things like, strength, swiftness, beauty, insight, rain etc.

Allah is His Mercy sent His messenger Noah (AS) to guide his people. Therefore, he explained to this people, there cannot have been more than one deity. He clarified to them how the devil had deceived them for so long and that the time had come for this deceit to stop.

Allah, The Most High says:

“And when it is said to them: ‘Follow that which Allah has revealed,’ they reply: ‘No, rather we will follow that we have found our fathers upon.’ (This is they say) Even though their fathers do not understand, nor are they guided.”
[Al-Baqarah, 170]

Noah's people were divided into two groups after his warning. His words touched the hearts of the weak, the poor, and the miserable and soothed their wounds with its mercy. As for the rich, the strong, the mighty and the rulers they looked upon the warning with cold distrust. They believed they would be better off if things stayed as they were. Therefore they started their war of words against Noah.

Allah the Almighty revealed: "They (idolaters) have said: "You shall not leave your gods nor shall you leave Wadd, nor Suwa, nor Yaghuth, nor Yauq nor Nasr (names of the idols)." [Nūh, 23].

Originally these were the names of good people who had lived among them. Today this practice is still going on in India and things like secularism and equality of religion are used as an excuse by servants of Iblis if someone alive wants to tell them about their transgression. If the idol worshippers strive a little bit, they will find its negation even in their very first scriptures (Vedas).

In chapter 32 of Yajurveda, it is quoted:
“There is no image (pratima) of Him.”

In Brahamasutra it says,
“There is only one (ekam) God, not the second; not at all, not at all, not in the least bit.”

Although idol worship does not exist in Abrahamic faiths, Satan is ever determined to deviate Jews, Christians or even Muslims as well.

It was narrated that Umm Salmah (RA) and Umm Habibah (RA) told Prophet Muhammad (SAW) about the church called "Maria" which they had seen in the land of Abyssinia. They described its beauty and the pictures therein. He said:

"Those are the people who build places of worship on the grave of every dead man who was righteous and then make therein those pictures. Those are the worst of creation unto Allah." (Sahîh Al-Bukhârî)

Umar Ibn al-Khattâb (RA) relates that Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said: “Do not praise me excessively like the Christians praised Jesus (AS), the son of Mary (AS). I am but a servant, so call me Allah’s servant and Messenger.” (Sahîh Al-Bukhârî)

Today many people claim that they do not worship idols, yet in reality their idols are far worse than those of people of Noah. New man made idols (constitutions, nationalism, democracies etc.) have crept in. Upholding sources of law other than God's words, is an idol. Qur'an says:

"Those who do not govern by what Allah has revealed are disbelievers (al-kafiroon)" [Mā'idah, 44]

Or even worse there are men who worship property, leaders, self desire, ego, lust and other such idols. It says in the Qur'an:

"Have you seen [O Muhammad (SAW)] the one who takes as his god his own desire? Then would you be responsible for him?" [Al-Furqān, 43]

Allah, The Most High says:

"Those who avoid At-Taghut (false deities) by not worshipping them and turn to Allah in repentance, for them are glad tidings; so announce the good news to My slaves." [Az-Zumar, 17]

May Allah protect us from worshiping idols.

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Please "share" this message even though Iblis is stopping you!

answered May 16, 2014 by Abid (2,150 points)
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