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26 June 2019 CE | 23 Shawwal 1440 AH
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Hadith Explanation

Rewarded both Places if Pure of Shirk

The Messenger of Allah (sal Allahu alaihi wa sallam) said: “Allah does not deal unjustly with the believer with regard to his Hasanaat. He gives him things in return for it in this world and will reward him for it in the Hereafter.” [Muslim]

A believer is rewarded for his/her good deeds in this world as well as in the Hereafter. This is true for those who not only believe in Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) but also keep away from associating partners with Him. The Kuffar in the Prophet’s time did believe in Allah but not in the way that was His right to be believed in: They did Shirk.

Shirk (associating others with Allah) negates Islam and cancels out good deeds. Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) says: “If you join others in worship with Allah, (then) surely, (all) your deeds will be in vain.” [Quran: Surah Az-Zumar, Ayat 65]

Shirk is of four types:

1. Shirk in Allah’s Lordship. Allah is the Creator, Sustainer and Cherisher of all that exists. An example of Shirk in Allah’s Lordship is to believe that “nature” or “natural law” operates independently or outside of His Will and Control. It makes “nature” a God along with or in place of Allah.

2. Shirk in Allah’s Names and Attributes; to believe that anyone or anything shares any of Allah’s attributes is Shirk, e.g. to believe that anyone besides Allah is “Knower of the Unseen,” as Shiah claim about their Imams, is Shirk.

3. Shirk in Allah’s Sole Right to Legislate; to believe that anyone has the right to make laws against what Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) has legislated or outside the limited scope in which Allah has allowed us to legislate. For example, modern parliaments make laws on the basis of what the majority allows, disregarding what Allah has allowed or forbidden. This is Shirk in Allah’s Haakimiyyah.

4. Shirk in Allah’s Right to Alone be Beseeched for Help; to pray to any entity other than Allah, such as to idols, or pious people in graves, or at shrines, is Shirk.

In order for us to be rewarded by Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) in this world and in the Hereafter, our beliefs and deeds need to be pure of Shirk.

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