Is mere saying “we worship none but Allah” enough?
63:1 When the Hypocrites come to you, they say, "We bear witness that thou art indeed the Messenger of Allah." Yea, Allah knows that you are indeed His Messenger, and Allah bears witness that the Hypocrites are indeed liars. (63:2) They have made their oaths a screen (for their misdeeds): thus they obstruct (men) from the Path of Allah: truly evil are their deeds.
What the hypocrites and the pseudo-Muslims say is only a screen for their misdeeds and their intention is to obstruct people from the path of Allah. When “shirk” for a Muslim is the gravest of all sins, he must know enough to avoid it and also enough not to accuse others falsely or without knowing enough.
(32) Set forth to them the parable of two
men: for one of them We provided two gardens of grape-vines and surrounded them
with date palms; in between the two We placed corn-fields.
(33) Each of those gardens brought forth
its produce, and failed not in the least therein: in the midst of them We
caused a river to flow.
(34) (Abundant) was the produce this man
had : he said to his companion, in the course of a mutual argument: "more
wealth have I than you, and more honour and power in (my following of)
(35) He went into his garden in a state
(of mind) unjust to his moral self: He said, "I deem not that this will
(36) "Nor do I deem that the Hour
(of Judgment) will (ever) come: Even if I am brought back to my Lord, I shall
surely find (there) something better in exchange."
(37) His companion said to him, in the
course of the argument with him: "Dost thou deny Him Who created thee out
of dust, then out of a sperm-drop, then fashioned thee into a man?
(38) "But (I think) for my part
that He is Allah, My Lord, and none shall I associate with my Lord.
(39) "Why didst thou not, as thou
wentest into thy garden, say: ´Allah´s will (be done)! There is no power but
with Allah!´ If thou dost see me less than thee in wealth and sons,
(40) "It may be that my Lord will
give me something better than thy garden, and that He will send on thy garden
thunderbolts (by way of reckoning) from heaven, making it (but) slippery sand!-
(41) "Or the water of the garden
will run off underground so that thou wilt never be able to find it."
(42) So his fruits (and enjoyment) were
encompassed (with ruin), and he remained twisting and turning his hands over
what he had spent on his property, which had (now) tumbled to pieces to its
very foundations, and he could only say, "Woe is me! Would I had never ushrik
(associated) with my Lord any partner!"
(43) Nor had he numbers to help him
against Allah, nor was he able to deliver himself.
(44) There, the (only) protection comes
from Allah, the True One. He is the Best to reward, and the Best to give
Is mere saying “we
worship none but Allah” enough?
63:1 When the Hypocrites
come to you, they say, "We bear witness that thou art indeed the Messenger
of Allah." Yea, Allah knows that you are indeed His Messenger, and Allah
bears witness that the Hypocrites are indeed liars. (63:2) They have made their
oaths a screen (for their misdeeds): thus they obstruct (men) from the Path of
Allah: truly evil are their deeds.
What the hypocrites and the pseudo-Muslims
say is only a screen for their misdeeds and their intention is to obstruct
people from the path of Allah. When “shirk” for a Muslim is the gravest of all
sins, he must know enough to avoid it and also enough not to accuse others
falsely or without knowing enough.
The Story of the Prophetic
Mission of Muhammad (pbuh) From the Qu’ran (Part 6): The People of the Book and
Is Allah Jealous?
idea that Allah does not forgive “shirk” because He is jealous is preposterous
and shows how little we understand Allah and His religion.
Allah doth wish to make clear to you and to show you the ordinances of those
before you; and (He doth wish to) turn to you (In Mercy): And Allah is
All-knowing, All-wise. (27) Allah doth wish to Turn to you, but the wish of
those who follow their lusts is that ye should turn away (from Him),- far, far
"Verily I am thy Lord! therefore (in My presence) put off thy shoes: thou
art in the sacred valley Tuwa.(13) "I have chosen thee: listen, then, to
the inspiration (sent to thee). (14) "Verily, I am Allah: There is no god
but I: So serve thou Me (only), and establish regular prayer for celebrating My
praise.(15) "Verily the Hour is coming - My design is to keep it hidden -
for every soul to receive its reward by the measure of its Endeavour. (16)
"Therefore let not such as believe not therein but follow their own lusts,
divert thee therefrom, lest thou perish!"..
But if they hearken not to thee, know that they only follow their own lusts:
and who is more astray than one who follow his own lusts, devoid of guidance
from Allah? for Allah guides not people given to wrong-doing.
wants of us is to lead a moral life. Allah is the sole source of all morality
and unless we orient ourselves exclusively to the source of all morality, we are
likely to go astray. We therefore need to be very careful not to give in to
temptation and turn away from the sole source of all morality.
concept of Allah as the Creator, Sustainer, Law Giver, and Lord of the Day of
Judgment, logically rules out the existence of any other god except the One and
Only. What then is the beginning of polytheism? It is seeking the satisfaction of
one’s own lusts and desires and turning a blind eye to what is morally right. A morally corrupt person then seeks avenues to
satisfy his lusts and pays obeisance to whatever promises to satisfy his
desires. Such a person has lost his way. Allah stands for truth, justice and
equity and not for aggrandizement at the cost of others which is why those who
follow their own lusts move away from His religion. A person born into a polytheist
family is not necessarily such a person nor a person born into a Muslim family necessarily
morally upright. A person born into a polytheist family may be morally upright
and not a person who pursues his own lusts and desires and therefore, I say,
such a person may be forgiven by Allah while a person born into a Muslim family,
who pursues his own desires and lusts is a polytheist at heart, and will end up
badly in the Hereafter.
As far as
Allah is concerned, if all the people turned heedful, it would not make an iota
of difference to His Majesty, and if all turned rebellious, it would
not make any difference to Him. What is Allah’s gain or loss if all end up in
Heaven or Hell? It is silly therefore, even to think that Allah says anything
for Himself and not for our own good. The rebellious however twist whatever
Allah says and think themselves very smart judging Allah!
It is only because
Allah is Merciful that that He has given us His religion and not left us entirely
at the mercy of the lustful exploiter. There cannot be a religion without
rewards and punishment and it is only because Allah is Merciful, that He promises
rewards to those who follow His religion and punishment for those who rebel. Allah can force all to be good and destroy the
evil without giving a long rope but then that deprives us of autonomy and we
become like any other animal.
It is not
polytheism per se that Allah will punish but what leads one to it. This is why
I say that Allah provides a level playing field to every person born irrespective
of the faith into which the person is born.