Types of Shirk

There are three types of Shirk:

1. Shirk in Allah’s person

2. Shirk in Allah’s Attributes

3. Shirk in Allah’s Rights

1. Shirk in Allah’s person

Shirk in Allah’s person is to claim that He has a son, father, mother etc or too claim that someone originated Allan. This is shirk in Allah’s person.

2. Shirk in Allah’s Attributes

Allah has many attributes among which we know about ninety nine of them. Considering someone who has the same attributes of Allah is a clear form of shirk. There is no one more ‘Al-Aleem’ (The All Knowing) than Almighty Allah. He alone is the All Knowing, of the seen and the unseen! If we believe anybody else of His creation knows everything, or even has the power to know everything, then we have wrongfully elevated someone to the position of Allah’s Attributes, and this is a clear form of shirk. Similarly, Allah is the ‘Al Qader’ (The One who is Able to do all things). He Alone has the Power to do anything and everything! If we believe that anybody of His creation can do whatever they want, even when Allah does not permit him, this is shirk!

3. Shirk in Allah’s Rights

Allah is the creator and sustainer. He deserves to be worshipped alone. It’s His right. No one deserves that we bow down to them in prayers or call onto them in time of need and difficulty. We can bow down only in front of Allah. If anybody goes to a person, any idoln any grave, any shrine or anywhere where he calls on to mortals for help and requests them to answer his prayers or take his message to Allah then that person is clearly committing shirk!! Allah says in the Holy Quran:

“Whoever commits ‘shirk’ (invoking anything with Allah), Allah shall forbid for him Paradise, and Hell shall be his abode. And for such wrong doers there will be no one to help.” [Quran 5:72]



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