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the name of God, Most Gracious, Most
Laa Ilaaha Illa
is no god except God
above statement is by far the
most important statement
you may ever read in your life, simply because a firm belief in it
your soul now and forever, but free it from what ? from Satan's control.
Let's reflect on the tool by which Satan recruits new subjects in
his kingdom :
|Al Shirk (Arabic) = Idolworship
who believe, you shall embrace total submission; do not
follow the steps of Satan, for he is your most ardent enemy.
Satan advocates sin, he
doesn't stop at that, he continues his evil
whispers leading you step by step to the edge of the cliff, untill you
fall in idolworship. He is not satisfied by you falling in minor
because he knows that God has decreed mercy upon Himself , He forgives
minor offenses, but He doesn't forgive idolworship (a state of total
surrender to Satan).
[4:48] GOD does
not forgive idolatry, but
He forgives lesser offenses
whomever He wills. Anyone who sets up idols beside GOD, has forged a
What is Idolworship
and why is it unforgivable ?
The keyword to
understanding it can be found in some verses, for
example [2:256,257], [4:51,60,76],[5:60], this keyword is :
Here are two verses from
Quran to let you feel how crucial this keyword
sent a messenger to every community, saying, "You shall
GOD, and avoid Al Taghout (Extremes, idols)." Subsequently, some
guided by GOD, while
others were committed to straying. Roam the earth and note the
consequences for the rejectors.
As for those who avoid Al
(Extremes, idols) and avoid
worshipping them, and devote
themselves totally to GOD alone, they have deserved happiness. Give
good news to My servants.
The word ( Al Taaghout ) in
Arabic comes from the root word ( Taghaa )
which is actually a verb meaning ( to
uses this word
frequently in His book to describe the wicked, they are
transgressing people, God also stresses on the command : do
transgress in the balance, the balance is also a word
describe Quran, the book by which we can maintain our balance and avoid
the One who sent down the scripture, to deliver the
the balance (the law). For all that you know, the Hour (Day of
Judgment) may be very
constructed the sky and
established the balance (the law).
shall not transgress in the balance (the law).
shall do the weighing
equitably (establish justice); do not manipulate the balance
(violate the law).
The balance (the law) by
which we can judge
and decide, is detailed in Quran, by using it we can balance
our lives and avoid the extremes of transgression (Al Taaghout), in the
last verse we see another important word (Al Wazn) which comes from the
same root word as ( Al Meezaan = The Balance), this word means ( AlWazn
= The Weighing), the process of weighing things against each other and
deciding which decision to make using the balance (Quran) is the only
purpose of religion, God gave us a sign linking the two words together,
[55:9] has a total gematrical value of = 3
+ 65 + 39 + 25 + 89 = 221
Religion ( AlDeen) has
the same TGV = 3 + 65 + 16 + 48 + 89 = 221
Thus emphasising the fact
that religion is actually a way to weigh
different options in order to reach a decision concerning the tests God
Why does God warn us
from Extremes ?
Extremes are the mechanisms of
idolworship which God warns us from, Satan uses these mechanisms to
followers, extreme love (attraction), and extreme fear or hate
(repulsion). Idols are called extremes in Quran because of the extreme
emotion attached with it in the heart of the idolworshipers.
1, too much Love :
Yet, some people set up idols
rival GOD, and love them as if they
are GOD. Those who believe love GOD the most. If only the
could see themselves when they see the retribution! They will realize
then that all power belongs
to GOD alone, and that GOD's retribution is
This extreme has been used
over and over again by Satan along the
make the people idolize their saints, prophets and messengers, a more
prevalent form of idolizing human beings nowadays is idolizing
celebrities, presidents, spouses and even bosses at work, what does
that mean ? it means that whenever you consider a human being as the
source of his God given power ( looks, beauty, skill, authority, charm,
kindness, knowledge...etc ) you automaticaly become stuck in him, he
turns into an idol with you revolving around him or her in an orbit,
totally forgetting about the real source of all power, God, thus
turning unappreciative towards God and His blessings that He bestows
upon you through things and people. Being unappreciative is the very
thing that Satan wants from duping the people by turning them away from
-Satan said to God :
come to them from before them, and from behind them, and from
their right, and from their left, and You will find that most of them
This extreme led some
people even to carve statues depicting dead
humans or things and start worshipping them instead of God.
Material things can also be
idolized, actually all the components of
life can be idolized (people, animals, and things), too much love for
money turns it into an idol rivaling God who created it, too much love
creates a bond between you and the thing or person you are idolizing,
while the only legitimate bond is between us and God alone.
Too much love of one's own
ego can turn it into a god besides God, too
much love for a position, fame, power..etc could also turns them into
idols, gods beside God.
and nothing can benefit you, only God can.
2, too much hate or fear :
you noted those
who were told, "You do not have to fight; all you
need to do is observe the Contact Prayers (Salat) and give the
obligatory charity (Zakat)," then, when fighting was decreed for them,
they feared the people as
much as they feared GOD, or even more? They
said, "Our Lord, why did You force this fighting on us? If only You
respite us for awhile!" Say, "The materials of this world are nil,
while the Hereafter is far better for the righteous, and you never
suffer the slightest injustice."
This is the other
face of the same coin, idolworship. Too much
hate for somebody or something can easily turn him, her or it into an
idol, a center
around which you start revolving in an orbit, the direct result of this
hate or fear is unjustifiable agression, oppression, bullying and even
It is the devil's system to
instill fear into his subjects. Do not fear them and fear Me
instead, if you are believers.
[5:91] The devil wants to provoke
animosity and hatred among you through
intoxicants and gambling, and to distract you from remembering GOD, and
from observing the Contact Prayers (Salat). Will you then refrain?
Nobody and nothing can harm
you, only God can.
Satan want us to fall in these extremes ? :
I not covenant
with you, O Children of Adam, that
you shall not worship the devil? That he is your most ardent
[34:40,41] On the day when He summons them all, He will say to the
angels, "Did these people worship you?", - They will answer, "Be
You glorified. You are our Lord and Master, not
them. Instead, they were
worshiping the jinns; most of them were
The end idol hiding
behind these apparent idols and extremes is
Satan and his
descendants, the Jinn beings ( invisible creatures who occupy the same
with us as our companions propagating Satan's point of view, some of
them may be influenced by the resistance of their righteous human
companion and thus turn righteous ), he uses
these handy tools (extreme love, hate and fear) to bind us in slavery
something or someone else than God, thus stripping us from any defense
against his Satanic agenda. When someone falls in idolworship (
means being stuck in something or someone, unable to see God behind it,
him or her), he looses control of himself, and start wronging
his soul by leaving the steering wheel to his Jinn companion, who has
no boundaries, values or sense of right and wrong, he would then do
anything to achieve his lust or satisfy his extreme. Both of the
idolworshiping human and his Jinn companion (or master, temporary god)
share the same fate, hell.
The day will come when He summons all of them (and says): "O you jinns,
you have claimed multitudes of humans." Their human companions will
say, "Our Lord, we enjoyed each others' company until we wasted the
life span You had set for us." He will say, "Hell is your destiny."
They abide therein forever, in accordance with GOD's will. Your Lord is
To make it easier to
understand how dangerous is idolworship, lets
consider this example, a gambler (his center, idol is money) asks
his neighbor to accompany his pregnant wife to the hospital for an
urgent delievery so that he could catch a horse race !, the examples
could get more serious and much worse, putting the person and all those
around him in
danger, because he has lost control of himself , and passed the
steering wheel to Satan, and the destination ofcourse is hell .
Addictions are obvious
forms of idolworship, for the sake of satisfying
your addiction, your devil (or devils) can find you all kinds of
excuses to justify the wrong decisions you make, same like the gambler
who chose to enjoy the race instead of being there when his wife needed
his support most !.
This life is but a
demonstration of how powerless is Satan and the Jinn
devils whom people idolize and seek satisfaction from,
idolizes beside GOD what possesses no power to harm him or benefit him;
such is the real straying. - He
idolizes what is more apt to harm him than benefit him. What a
miserable lord! What a miserable companion!
Some righteous Jinns in Quran testified
against their fellow Jinn devils,
Human beings used to seek power through jinn beings, but they only afflicted them with a
lot of adversity.
It is God's system that no satisfaction
whatsoever can be gained from indulging in the extremes, since the Jinn
devils (and their master Satan) can grant nothing through the idols
[24:39] As for those who disbelieve, their works are like a mirage in
desert. A thirsty person thinks that it is water. But when he
it, he finds that it is nothing, and he finds GOD there instead, to
requite him fully for his works. GOD is the most efficient reckoner.
This is the hell that God
says is surrounding the disbelievers already, the just requital for
disregarding God, the only God, the only source of power, the only
source of benefit or harm.
[9:49] Some of them would say, "Give me permission (to stay behind); do
impose such a hardship on me." In fact, they have thus incurred a
terrible hardship; Hell is
surrounding the disbelievers.
that mean love, hate and fear are
No, only when the
thing or person turns into an end in
does the harm begin, in God's system everything of His creation is a
means to reach Him, all the
things and the components of life are signs
to feel His majesty, reach to Him and reverence Him more.
God gives the meaning to
everything and everyone, without Him in our
minds always, we cannot really enjoy anything, it becomes a series of
temporary pleasures and unsatisfied lusts, that's why God says that the
disbelievers are already in hell .
There are two kinds of
persons, the seers, and the blind, the first
kind can see God behind everything and everyone thus enjoy the feeling
of being appreciative to God, as for the blind, they can't see beyond
the apparent, the obvious, they are stuck in the creatures, their
idols, blinded by the illusion. God calls this apparent life just an
illusion and Satan promises only an illusion, you think it has power in
itself to satisfy your needs, but actually it hasn't. The
hereafter is the real thing that we should work for. As for the blind
who fail to take heed by the reminders, God promises them hell fire, as
for the seers who worship God alone, they have deserved the gardens of
bliss, and happiness now and forever.
care only about things of this world that are visible to them,
while being totally oblivious to the Hereafter.
people, GOD's promise is the truth; therefore, do not be distracted
by this lowly life. Do not be diverted from GOD by mere illusions.
promises them and entices them; what the devil promises is no more
than an illusion.
"Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth?" Say, "GOD." Say,
"Why then do you set up besides Him masters who do not possess any
power to benefit or harm even themselves?" Say, "Is the blind the same
as the seer? Is darkness the same as the light?" Have they found idols
besides GOD who created creations similar to His creations, to the
point of not distinguishing the two creations? Say, "GOD is the Creator
of all things, and He is the One, the Supreme."
To be able to maintain the
balance in everything, in our relationship
and dealings with people and things, to be able to relate the power
(beauty, skill, knowledge...etc) to God instead of the apparents, in
order to stay free from the illusion and to reach perfect happiness
now and forever, God
sent us a reminder, a book in which all the wisdom and guidance we need
is fully detailed, this book is Quran and the religion we follow is the
creed of Abraham, Submission to God alone, the only purpose of our
[51:56] I did not
create the jinns and the humans except to worship Me alone.
This website God willing
may guide you to the straight path. If you
have sensed any bit of truth in the above, please read on perhaps God
may guide you to the truth.
"Go down therefrom, all of you. When guidance comes to you
from Me, those who follow My guidance will have no fear, nor will they
Ahmad Nishitoba (8/20/04)