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Setting Up Intermediaries is a Form of Shirk by Shaykh Salih Al-Fawzan

September 13, 2010

بسم اللہ الرحمن الرحیم
A person sets up intermediaries other than Allaah, the Mighty and Majestic, slaughtering for them, taking oaths by them, seeking help from them, all of this and they say, “This is not shirk, rather it is only taking intermediaries and intercessors that will bring us close to Allaah. This was a righteous man who has a status with Allaah, so I draw near to him so that he can bring me close to Allaah.’ This is their argument, and it was the very argument of the polytheists of old:

وَالَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مِن دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ مَا نَعْبُدُهُمْ إِلَّا لِيُقَرِّبُونَا إِلَى اللَّهِ زُلْفَىٰ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَحْكُمُ بَيْنَهُمْ فِي مَا هُمْ فِيهِ يَخْتَلِفُونَ

“Those who took less than Allaah as protectors (saying) ‘We only worship them so that they will bring us closer to Allaah a distance.” (Surah az-Zumar 39:3)

They say, “We have not made them to be partners with Allaah, rather we have only taken them as intermediaries to bring us close to Him,” however Allaah has called this practice shirk:

وَيَعْبُدُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ مَا لَا يَضُرُّهُمْ وَلَا يَنفَعُهُمْ وَيَقُولُونَ هَـٰؤُلَاءِ شُفَعَاؤُنَا عِندَ اللَّهِ ۚ قُلْ أَتُنَبِّئُونَ اللَّهَ بِمَا لَا يَعْلَمُ فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَلَا فِي الْأَرْضِ ۚ سُبْحَانَهُ وَتَعَالَىٰ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

“And they worship other than Allaah, that which can not harm them or benefit them, saying, ‘These are our intercessors with Allaah.’ Say: Are you going to inform Allaah of something He does not know in the heavens or on earth? Glorified and Exalted is He above all the shirk they commit.” (Surah Yoonus 10:18)

So He (سبحانه وتعالى) named this action shirk, even though they call it “seeking intercession.”

This is something actually happening among any of those who claim Islaam as their Religion. What they are doing these days at gravesites is a reality, they take the graves as intermediaries between themselves and Allaah! The seriousness of this issue has been hidden from many people, even some of the students of knowledge. There are even scholars defending these people, saying, “This is not shirk. Shirk is worshiping idols. These people are not worshiping idols.”

Glorified be Allaah! Worshiping idols is one kind of shirk. Shirk is worshiping other than Allaah, whether it be an idol, tree, rock, grave, or even one of the angels, or one of the awliyaa’ of Allaah (pious people close to Allaah), or one of the righteous people, all of this is shirk. Shirk is not just the worship of idols.

Source: Things That Nullify One’s Islaam Pages 32-34

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