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Many people err in their understanding of the reality of intermediaries, and recklessly rush to the judgement that any intermediary is shirk, and that he who takes an intermediary, whatever the fashion, has associated partners with Allah, and that his state in this affair is that of the pagans, who said { We do not worship them except that they might bring us near to Allah. }(al-Zumar: 3)

This statement is rejected, and the attempt to use this verse as evidence here is misplaced. This is because the noble verse is explicit in its censure of the pagans for their worship of idols and taking them as gods besides Allah, the Exalted, and their association of them with Him in His Godhood, claiming that their worship of these idols is nothing more than a means of drawing nearer to Allah. The disbelief and paganism of their action stems from both their worship of these idols, and their belief that they are lords besides Allah. Something of great importance which must be explained here is that this verse confirms that the pagans were not sincere in their justification for their worship of idols by claiming that they used them to draw closer to Allah. For had they been truthful in this, Allah would have been greater to them than their idols, and they would not have worshipped other than Him.

Allah forbade the Muslims from insulting the idols of the pagans. He said: { Do not curse those upon whom they call beside Allah, lest they wrongfully curse and revile Allah through...

 

The intermediary of shirk

Notions That Must Be Corrected

Shaykh Muhammad b. `Alawi al-Maliki al-Hasani;


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