October 2001: Page 1, 2, 3

Submitters Perspective

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Idol worship

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There is one verse in which God is talking to the believers, the ones who followed prophet Muhammad and chose Islam as their true religion.

[6:121] Do not eat from that upon which the name of GOD has not been mentioned, for it is an abomination. The devils inspire their allies to argue with you; if you obey them, you will be idol worshipers.

My question here is WHY?? Why would people who truly believe in God alone, when committing what’s considered a minor sin (not mentioning Allah’s name when they eat) are considered idol-worshipers?? It’s because they accepted the arguments of devils’ allies and disregarded God’s revelations by accepting other source of LAW beside Him. This is clearly stated in the following verses:

[7:3] You shall all follow what is revealed to you from your Lord; do not follow any idols besides Him. Rarely do you take heed.

[42:21] They follow idols who decree for them religious laws never authorized by GOD. If it were not for the predetermined decision, they would have been judged immediately. Indeed, the transgressors have incurred a painful retribution.

[6:114] Shall I seek other than GOD as a source of law, when He has revealed to you this book fully detailed? Those who received the scripture recognize that it has been


revealed from your Lord, truthfully. You shall not harbor any doubt.

Now notice that whenever the word IDOL is mentioned, it’s always accompanied by BESIDE. Meaning that idol worshipers do believe in God (unlike the non-believers) but they always defy God’s revelations by:

1. Glorifying or praising someone or something beside God in any act for worship (prayers [doa’a], Salaat...etc.)

[43:86] None of those whom they idolize beside Him possess any power to intercede, unless their intercession coincides with the truth, and they fully know.

[6:82] Those who believe, and do not pollute their belief with idol worship, have deserved the perfect security, and they are truly guided.

[30:31] You shall submit to Him, reverence Him, observe the Contact Prayers (Salat), and—whatever you do—do not ever fall into idol worship.

2. Following others beside God as source of religious laws (by making things lawful or unlawful)

[43:21] Have we given them a book before this, and they are upholding it?

[43:22] The fact is that: they said, “We found our parents carrying on certain practices, and we are following in their footsteps.”

[4:60] Have you noted those who claim that they believe in

what was revealed to you, and in what was revealed before you, then uphold the unjust laws of their idols? They were commanded to reject such laws. Indeed, it is the devil’s wish to lead them far astray.

[39:38] If you ask them, “Who created the heavens and the earth?” they will say, “GOD.” Say, “Why then do you set up idols beside GOD? If GOD willed any adversity for me, can they relieve such an adversity? And if He willed a blessing for me, can they prevent such a blessing?” Say, “GOD is sufficient for me.” In Him the trusters shall trust.

[3:79] Never would a human being whom GOD blessed with the scripture and prophethood say to the people, “Idolize me beside GOD.” Instead, (he would say), “Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone,” according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn.

3. Expecting these idols to get them closer to God or intercede on their behalf on the Day of Judgment when these idols are unaware of being worshipped (like Jesus, Mary and Muhammad). Note they’re all humans, righteous people and not just statues and they, themselves, are seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness!!!

[46:5] Who is farther astray than those who idolize beside GOD idols that can never respond to them until the Day of Resurrection, and are totally unaware of their worship?

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