“Allah and His angels send blessings to the Prophet: O you that believe! Send blessings on him, and salute him with all respect.” (Qur’an 33:56)
What an honour it is that Allah exalted and glorified above all else has singled out his beloved Messenger (saw) to be singled out for praise and blessings. The one who’s very name means the praiseworthy!
This article is written to refute the extremist view among the (Qur’an only Religion) who believe that we as Muslims when we say: “ashadu an la ilaha illalah wa ashadu an muhammadur rasoolullah” (I bear witness that there is no God except God and I bear witness that Muhammed is the Messenger of God.) is a form of shirk!
For those who do not know, shirk is the most heinous sin in Islam. It is the association of partners with God.
Here are links to a website that espouses a view that in my humble understanding is both extreme and unwarranted.
*note for some reason the link was not working. I sincerely believe their position is untenable
Muslims have been handed down the tradition that when we enter into Islam we bear witness of foremost importance that there is only one God worthy of worship. We also bare witness that we accept as God’s Messenger the one brought his message.
Likely what is needed in the future is an article on the issue of ‘tawassul’– seeking the means.
There are many places in the Qur’an where Allah is mentioned alongside the Noble Messenger (saw). There also many places in the Qur’an where Allah is mentioned alongside his blessed angels.
“O you who have believed, fear Allah and give up what remains of interest if you should be believers. And if you do not, then be informed of war from Allah and His Messenger. But if you repent, you may have your principal – you do no wrong, nor are you wronged.” (Qur’an 2:278-279)
It would have been easy enough just to say ‘a war from Allah’.
“Indeed, those who disbelieve and die while they are disbelievers – upon them will be the curse of Allah and of the angels and the people, all together.” (Qur’an 2:161)
Again it would have been enough to say the ‘curse of Allah’.
“Those – their repayment will be that upon them is the curse of Allah and the angels and the people, all together.”(Qur’an 3:87)
Again it would have been sufficient to say ‘the curse of Allah’.
“He who obeys the Messenger has obeyed Allah; but those who turn away – We have not sent you over them as a guardian.” (Qur’an 4:80)
Here the Qur’an has compared obeying the Messenger to obeying Allah himself. Assuredly this is more than sufficient proof that testifying that the Blessed Prophet Muhammed (saw). is the Messenger of Allah is not idol worship. Such a notion is truly absurd, to say the least.
What did Rasul Allah (saw) think when Angel Gabriel (a.s)
said.” Indeed this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me.” (Qur’an 21:92)
Was Gabriel (a.s) making ‘shirk’ when he said that?
Here is something else for people who hold such a view to think about.
“You alone do we worship; You alone do we ask for help.” (Qur’an 1:5)
So are we to understand that if I was to ask the doctor to cure my children am I now associating partners with Allah?
If I were to hold a belief that if I were to pursue a university degree that it would somehow help my lot in life that this would be tantamount to an association of partners with Allah?
What is important for the person to realize is that the Creator is in control of all affairs. The Creator is Sovereign. If I believe that the doctor himself can cure my child, than yes this is an association of partners with Allah. If I believe that the Blessed Prophet Muhammed (saw) can guide me independent of Allah than yes I am in error. If I believe that my university degree will in and of itself guarantee me livelihood, than yes this necessitates a dangerous position. If I believe that a knife can cut me independently of the power of Allah (swt) than yes I am in error.
Adherents of the Qur’an only Religion do not think deeply about these things because their religion is theologically bankrupt.
However, if I believe that Allah has endowed the doctor with the ability to cure my child, and that Allah has blessed the Noble Muhammed (saw) with the ability to guide, and that my degree could increase my chances of getting employment by Allah’s grace than this is the proper focus.
The focus of course should always be Allah (swt).
It is said that this world that we live in is also known as Darul Asbaab– a world of means.
Asbaab can mean ’cause’, ‘reason’.
So we live in a world of cause and effect.
When a Muslim does something kind to another Muslim one will usually say to the other ‘JazakAllahu Khayran‘ (thanks be to God who gave the provision).
If you were ignorant of this you might say to a Muslim, ‘Thank you, brother’. The Muslim may respond, “Al hamdulilllah wa ShukrAllah” (All the praise be to Allah and Thanks to Allah). Notice that the praise and the thanks are deflected away from the person and directed to Allah.
However, if someone said ‘you’re welcome‘ it is not haram (forbidden) nor are they committing blasphemy. No one would assume that if a person said ‘you’re welcome‘ that they are making a claim to divinity.
Examples in the Qur’an of people making sujud -prostration to other than Allah.
“So he raised his parents upon the throne, and they bowed to him in prostration. And he said, “O my father, this is the explanation of my vision of before. My Lord has made it a reality. And he was certainly good to me when he took me out of prison and brought you here from bedouin life after Satan had induced estrangement between me and my brothers. Indeed, my Lord is Subtle in what He wills. Indeed, it is He who is the Knowing, the Wise.” (Qur’an 12:100)
“When Joseph said unto his father: O my father. Lo. I saw in a dream eleven planets and the sun and the moon, I saw them prostrating themselves unto me.” (Qur’an 12:4)
Allah (swt) himself orders the prostration of all the angels and jinn to Adam.
“And when We said to the angels, “Prostrate to Adam,” and they prostrated, except for Iblees. He said, “Should I prostrate to one You created from clay?” (Qur’an 17:61)
Say, “Indeed, my prayer, my rites of sacrifice, my living and my dying are for Allah, Lord of the worlds.” (Qur’an 6:162)