Polytheism and its various manifestations (2)


2) Ash-Shirk al-Asghar Ar-Riya’ (the minor Shirk, i.e. acts formed to show off). Any act of worship or any religious deed done in order to gain praise, fame or for wordly benefit, falls under this category.

Almighty Allah says:

“Say (O muhammad): ‘I am only a man like you, it has been revealed to me that your Ilah (God) is one Ilah (God–i.e. Allah). So whoever hopes for the meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.’ ” (V. 18:110)

3) Ash-Shirk al Khafi (The inconspicuous Shirk). This type implies being inwardly dissatisfied with the inevitable condition that has been ordained for one by Allah; conscientiously lamenting that had you done or not done such and such or had you approached such and such you would have had a better status, etc.

The Noble Prophet Muhammad Peace and blessings be upon him said:

“Ash-Shirk al-khafi in the muslim nation is more inconspicuous than the creeping of a black ant on a black rock in the pitch-darkness of the night.” And this inconspicuous Shirk is expiated by saying thrice the following sentences every day: “O Allah! I take Your refuge from thay I should ascribe anything as partner in Your worship, being conscious of that, and I beg Your pardon for that sin which I am not aware of.”


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