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The Greatest Kind of Apostasy is to Commit Ash-Shirk (Associating Partners With Allah)

August 27, 2010

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
The greatest kind of apostasy is to commit ash-shirk in one’s worship of Allaah, to worship others along with Allaah, like slaughtering for other than Allaah, or taking an oath by other than Allaah, or prostrating to other than Allaah, or seeking help from other than Allaah in affairs that no one has power over except Allaah. This is the greatest kind of apostasy. Allaah the Most High has said:

إِنَّهُ مَن يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدْ حَرَّمَ اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ الْجَنَّةَ وَمَأْوَاهُ النَّارُ

Verily whoever ascribes a partner to Allaah, then Allaah has made Paradise haraam (impermissible) for him (i.e. He will never enter it), and his abode is the Fire. (Soorah al-Maa’idah 5:72)

إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَغْفِرُ أَن يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَ‌ٰلِكَ لِمَن يَشَاءُ ۚ وَمَن يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ افْتَرَىٰ إِثْمًا عَظِيمًا

Verily Allaah does not forgive that partners be ascribed to Him, while He forgives what is less than that for whomever He wants. And whoever has ascribed a partner to Allaah, verily he has invented a great sin. (Soorah An-Nisaa’ 4:48)

وَمَن يُشْرِكْ بِاللَّهِ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا بَعِيدًا

And whoever has ascribed a partner to Allaah has verily strayed far indeed. (Soorah an-Nisaa’ 4:116)

So shirk, ascribing partners to Allaah, is the most dangerous kind of apostasy. It is to worship other than Allaah, by offering any kind of worship, like supplication, slaughtering, taking oaths, seeking help in affairs that only Allaah, the Glorified and Exalted, has power over, calling upon the dead, or seeking help from the graves or the dead.

Source: Things That Nullify One’s Islaam

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