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Types of Shrik (we should avoid)

Types of Shrik, according to the Quran and Sunnah! :)

01: As Muslims, we should believe in the Oneness of Allah, and He is to be worshipped alone (without associating Him with any beings). With that, we must always be careful to not commit shirk; for it is the ONLY sin Allah will NEVER forgive!

Related verse from the Quran:
“Verily, Allah does not forgive that anything should be associated with Him, and forgives other than that to whom He pleases, and whoever associates anything with Allah, he devises indeed a great sin” [ An-Nisa 4:48]

Related hadith:
Narrated by Abu Huraira (r.a): The Prophet (s.a.w) said : “Shall I not tell you of the most serious of the major sins?” three times. We said “Of course Oh Messenger of Allah!” He said, “Associating anything in worship with Allah” [Al-Bukhari # 2511]

02: The first type of shirk is grave worshipping. This is a belief that the dead (saints, wali) can fulfill one’s needs or help at times of distress, so they call upon the dead for aid or to rescue them from calamity or disaster.

Take note that ONLY Allah can help us, and nobody else; including the dead.

For example: “Oh dead ones please help my son on his journey”
“Oh dead ones, if I manage to get promoted at work, I will slaughter an animal”

Related verses from the Quran:
“Only You do we worship and only You do we appeal to for aid and assistance” [Al-Fatihah 1:5]

“And your Lord has decreed that you must not worship anything other than Him” [Al-Isra 17:23]

Related hadith:
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever dies calling on someone else as a rival to Allah will enter Hell” [Al-Bukhari, Al-Fath 8/176]

03: Astrology, numerology and horoscope are sadly, the trend in today’s modern society. Therefore, we Muslims should curb this understanding at all costs!

These beliefs, without us realizing, lead to shirk! So the next time you see an article or horoscopes in newspapers/Facebook, put it aside, pronto!

For example: “Number 7 is lucky for me so I should have it on my car plate number!”
“My horoscope sign says that I will be granted with wealth tomorrow!”

Related hadith:
Narrated by Zaid ibn Khalid (r.a ): The Prophet (s.a.w.) “(Allah says): This morning one of my slaves became a believer in Me and one became disbeliever. As for the one who said ‘We have been given rain by the grace and mercy of Allah’; he is a believer in Me and a disbeliever in the stars. But as for the one who said ‘We have been given rain by such-and such star, he is a disbeliever in Me and a believer in the stars’” [Al-Tarmidhi # 3334 ]

04: Sadly, several ignorant wrongdoers and are weak in faith turn to shaman or bomoh in order to seek aid, or to help them harm another person (with black magic) when they should turn to Allah for help instead (Note: Allah disapproves of black magic)!

Whenever you’re in trouble, always seek Allah. As Muslims, we do not require any mediums, so why not pray and make dua’ to Allah directly instead?

For example: “Shaman, I need your help in finding my missing gold bracelet”
“Shaman, I need you to harm my boss with your black magic”
“Shaman, please tell me what my future holds for me”

Related verse from the Quran:
“… and the magician will never be successful, no matter what amount (of skill) he may attain” [Taa Haa 20:69 ]

Related hadiths:
The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and believes in what he says has disbelieved in what was revealed to Muhammad” [Reported by Imaam Ahmad 2/429]

The Prophet (pbuh) said: “Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and asks him about something, his prayers will not be accepted for forty nights” [Sahih Muslim 4/1751]

05: Wearing amulets, talisman, rings, threads etc in order to seek protection, prevention, good luck, lifting afflictions etc is downright shirk! These are mere inanimate objects are men-made, so there is no way it they could help us in any way! Only Allah can help us in any way possible.

For example: “If you wear this bracelet, it will safeguard you from evil”
“Wear this ring and it will give you good luck”

Related verse from the Quran:
“Say: Tell me then, the things that you invoke besides Allah; if Allah intended some harm to me, could they remove the harm, or if He intended some mercy, could they withhold His merc? Say: Sufficient for me is Allah, in Him alone one must trust” [Az-Zuma 39:38 ]

Although shirk is the most dangerous sin, Allah promises to forgive as long as one is still alive and do taubah! In addition, memorize and practice the dua’ for fear of shirk (extracted from Hisn Al-Muslim) regularly and insyallah, we’ll benefit from it.

“Allahumma inee a’au dhu bika an oshrika bika wa- ana a’aalam, wa – astaghfiruka lima la a’alam”

(Oh Allah, I take refuge in you lest I should commit shirk with You knowingly, and I seek Your forgiveness for what I do unknowingly)

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