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In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful

Allah is absolutely ONE and has no partner or associate. He is the One and Single God and He is the One and Single Lord (Rabb) and Master and Owner of everything.

 Allah Almighty said in Surah Al-Ikhlas:

قُلْ هُوَ اللَّهُ أَحَدٌ

اللَّهُ الصَّمَدُ

لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ

وَلَمْ يَكُنْ لَهُ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌ

Say, "He is Allah , [who is] One,

Allah , the Eternal Refuge.

He neither begets nor is born,

And there is none like unto Him. (112: 1-4)


These verses of Chapter Al-Ikhlas inform us of the following:

Allah is Holy and Pure from any type of partners or associate. He is Single and Absolutely One and has no equal or likeness. He is Self-Sufficient and doesn’t depend on anyone in any way. On the other hand, all other creation depends upon Him. So Allah doesn’t need any helper or partner or child / son or daughter / offspring! And He is High above any such need. He did not beget and was not begotten and there is none like unto Him.

Allah the Most High said in Surah Yunus, verse 18:

وَيَعْبُدُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ مَا لَا يَضُرُّهُمْ وَلَا يَنْفَعُهُمْ وَيَقُولُونَ هَؤُلَاءِ شُفَعَاؤُنَا عِنْدَ اللَّهِ قُلْ أَتُنَبِّئُونَ اللَّهَ بِمَا لَا يَعْلَمُ فِي السَّمَوَاتِ وَلَا فِي الْأَرْضِ سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَى عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

And they worship other than Allah that which neither harms them nor benefits them, and they say, "These are our intercessors with Allah " Say, "Do you inform Allah of something He does not know in the heavens or on the earth?" Exalted is He and high above what they associate with Him. (10:18)

 Explanation: This verse nullifies the belief that beings such as the angels or jinns or the shrines can intercede with Allah. That means that those who seek help from other beings like Jinn (genie) or angels or shrines etc., make the excuse for asking dua’ (prayer / supplication) from them besides Allah the Most High and say that these beings intercede to Allah Almighty to accept our supplication. But this excuse has no basis. There is no truth in this excuse. Proof of this knowledge cannot be found anywhere in the heavens or the earth! So this statement of theirs is absolutely false.

 Allah Almighty said in Surah Al-Nahl, verses 20 – 21:

وَالَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ لَا يَخْلُقُونَ شَيْئًا وَهُمْ يُخْلَقُونَ

أَمْوَاتٌ غَيْرُ أَحْيَاءٍ وَمَا يَشْعُرُونَ أَيَّانَ يُبْعَثُونَ

And those whom they invoke besides Allah create nothing and are themselves created. They are, [in fact], dead, not alive, and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected. (16: 20-21)

Explanation: in these two verses, it has been shown that the belief that those in graves or shrines can intercede for us is wrong. These verses confirm that the dead bodies lying in the graves are helpless even for themselves. After death, they cannot do anything for their own benefit and they also don’t know as to when they will be given new life. Then how can they benefit or intercede for another?!!

A person who is alive has the power and strength to struggle and do something to earn good in this life as well as earn good for his second life in the Al-Aakhira (Hereafter) in the next world. Such a living person can read Surah Al-Fatiha for a dead body and can pray for him. But after death, he/she has no such ability and is lying helpless in his / her grave! Hence, he / she cannot do any help for others. So it is not wisdom for a living individual to go to shrines / graves and ask help or dua’.

The above verses clearly nullify the wrong belief that the saints / religious persons in graves can intercede with Allah or grant our wishes. Not only is such a belief wrong but it is also shirk, a sin that Allah doesn’t forgive if a person dies without repenting from this sin!

Every dua is accepted only by Allah and every help is only given by Allah. But the ignorant Muslim pays thanks to the shrine instead of Allah and these actions are shirk (idolatry). It is important that everyone be aware of the fact that if one committed shirk and then died without repentance to Allah and without improving his / her faith and actions, he / she will burn in Hellfire forever, in spite of the fact that he / she considered himself / herself a Muslim and performed obligatory prayers and fasted in Ramadan. If a person has the faith / belief that prayers (duas / supplications) are accepted on such and such shrine or that wishes are fulfilled on the shrine, he/she has committed shirk, that is, he/she has associated partners with Allah Almighty. If such a person dies without repentance and without improving his/her faith, then he/she will be a dweller of Hell forever!

The foundation of Islam is on Tawheed. Tawheed means to believe that Allah is absolutely One in His Being and in His attributes.

Allah is one as a Being and that means oneness in His Self.

Oneness in attributes means not to associate any of Allah’s exclusive attributes to anyone other than Him. To understand Oneness in Attributes, consider the attribute “Al-Razzaaq” and “Ar-Raziq” which means that Allah is the only Sustainer and Provider. These are the quality and attribute of Allah alone. It is only Allah who can increase or decrease the sustenance and provision of every one of us.  Another thing is that the source of all the Rizq (sustenance) is Allah as He is the creator of all sustenance and the One who has given mankind the ability to work in the land to get sustenance.  Therefore our duty as Muslims is that we must work hard to get lawful provision (to earn money in a lawful way or to work in the land to grow vegetables, etc.) and along with that we must pray to Allah and do Astaghfaar (repentance) – all this is important as well as sufficient – with the hope that Allah will accept our prayers (supplications) and will bless our hard work and earnings to be more than sufficient. So, the attribute of Al-Razzaq is only Allah’s and no one other than Allah can give or stop sustenance. If one believes that some shrine or saint can increase one’s sustenance, he/she has committed shirk as no one other than Allah is Ar-Razzaq.

Thus Allah has blessed the children of Adam i.e. mankind with the honor and respect that he/she works hard and for his needs bows only to Allah – The Greatest and the Kind Lord – and asks his/her supplications only from Allah. He/she should protect him/herself from shirk (idolatry) and not bow down to a wali (saint) or shrine and should not attribute any of Allah’s exclusive qualities to anyone else.

If there is a wali (pious learned religious person) who is alive and who sincerely teaches people Allah’s deen (religion) and tawheed, and advises the people to ask all of their needs from Allah alone because it is only Allah Who gives everything and removes all troubles then it is all right to get guidance from such a person. If such a person is truly fearful of Allah and is knowledgeable and sincere, then learning the deen from him is beneficial. On the other hand, if someone teaches that dead or alive saints have some power of intercession to grant one’s prayers then such a person is teaching shirk and should be avoided altogether. No one other than Allah has the power to solve mankind’s problems or remove troubles. Beware of wolves in sheep’s garments! It is important to learn the Quran by studying its commentary and also to learn the Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم from authentic sources (trustable books and scholar’s lectures) and to increase one’s knowledge so as not to be so ignorant that anyone can mislead you or cause you to go astray.

Allah almighty said:

إنَّ الشِّركَ لَظُلمٌ عَظِيْم

 “Surely shirk (associating partners with Allah) is the greatest of the injustices.”

And in Surah Al-Ma’idah, Verse 72, Allah said:

... إِنَّهُ مَنْ يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدْ حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ الْجَنَّةَ وَمَأْوَاهُ النَّارُ وَمَا لِلظَّالِمِينَ مِنْ أَنْصَارٍ

…Indeed, he who associates others with Allah - Allah has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers. (5:72)

Therefore it is the duty of all Muslims to protect themselves from shirk and kufr so that they are protected from the everlasting Hellfire.


According to Hadith Shareef, tawheed (belief in the absolute Oneness of God Allah both in His Being and His attributes is a very delicate matter. Ibn Abbas رضي الله عنه said that if some thieves enter a house at night and the dog in the house starts barking and the people in the house become aware of the thief and the thief runs away without stealing anything, in that case if the household members say, “We were protected from theft due to this dog,” then this is shirk! (Reported by Ibn Abi Hatim with authentic Isnad.) That is, utterance of such a statement is shirk and the one who uttered these words has committed shirk! This is because they were protected by Allah Almighty. The dog was only made a cause for the protection. That is, Allah protected them, not the dog!

A hadith (*) of Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه و سلم states that shirk is stealthier than a black ant crawling very slowly on a black rock in the darkness of night! That is how obscured (unnoticeable) shirk is!

We are ordered to take sources (tools) but are prohibited from trusting the sources (tools). For example, if a house owner places electric wires on the walls around his house and places a red bulb to let thieves know that the wires have electricity in them and anyone touching them will die due to electric shock, it’s necessary that the house owner not put his trust in the electric wires. Rather he must say and believe: “Oh Allah, I have fixed this wire to protect my house from thieves but I pray to you o Allah to protect us because you are the Protector in the real sense.” This is because everything happens by Allah’s Will and if Allah doesn’t want it to happen, then it won’t happen.

A patient is to be taken to a doctor and medicine should be bought on the doctor’s prescription and given to the patient according to the doctor’s advice. This is what means by ‘taking the sources (tools)’. The doctor and medicine in this case are the sources (tools). But the true granter of cure is Allah so the medicine is not to be relied on altogether but it must be believed that the cure is in the Hands of Allah Almighty and prayer (دعاء supplication) must be asked from Allah to make the patient well and to bless the medicine for cure of the patient. Taking sources / causes / tools and then putting trust in Allah and asking prayers (supplication) from Allah is called tawakkal Ala-Allah (trust in Allah).

In the end we pray to Allah to protect us and other Muslims from shirk and kuffar (unislamic beliefs / rejecting Islamic faith) and make us go from this world with pure and perfect Islamic faith and righteous deeds so that we are saved from the everlasting punishment in Hellfire and get admitted to Paradise. Ameen.

Purify your own faith and also convey the message about tawheed to all your acquaintances and relatives.


(*) The Prophet صلى الله عليه و سلم  said: “Shirk in this Ummah is more hidden than a black ant crawling on a (black) stone.” (Al-Haakim via ‘Aa’ishah. See Saheeh Al-Jaami’, 1/693)


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