THE NORM OF SHIRK, ASSOCIATION AND PARTNERSHIP WITH GOD
Association and partnership with God is the everyday norm in every religion that occurs time after time. As a result, the truth of God’s ‘Oneness’ (Towhid) have merged in duality with other being in the false belief and practice. In order to re-establish the truth of God’s oneness, time after time, HE sent Prophets and Messengers to warn and deliver HIS messages in the form of HIS Book that we currently have in the form of the Quran (the Reading).
Notably, Satan is not retired from his job or taking rest as such, letting and seeing that the children of Adam are being guided by God, so as to be on board of the siratul mustaqim – the straight path – to the salvation. So, every hundred years or so after the death of the Prophets, he (Satan) successfully deviated billion of believers to do the same shirk–making association and partnership with God.
As such, whenever God alone is mentioned, the majority of people are not interested, and whenever they hear Allah +, Quran +, they rejoice, which God already states in the Quran, as it reads in Chapter 40, verse 12:[They will be told], “That is because, when God was called upon alone, you disbelieved; but if others were associated with HIM, you believed. So the judgement is with God, the Most High, the Grand.” [Q. 40:12]
ذَٰلِكُم بِأَنَّهُ إِذَا دُعِيَ اللَّهُ وَحْدَهُ كَفَرْتُمْ ۖ وَإِن يُشْرَكْ بِهِ تُؤْمِنُوا ۚ فَالْحُكْمُ لِلَّهِ الْعَلِيِّ الْكَبِيرِ – Q. 40:12
So, suppose we are truthful and think truthfully as truth-seeker and open our eyes for the sake to please God alone. In that case, we can certainly see the shirk, association and partnership with God in abundance everywhere and every ritual in the name of religion and God.
The most common set-up for such partnership is: the Quran (God) + hadiths and sunnah (Messenger) + the practice of the messenger’s companions (sahaba) + the practice of the companions of the companions (tabiyee’n) + the practice of the companions of the companions of the companions (tabye-tabiyee’n) + the opinions of Imams (qiyas and ijtihad) + consensus of “ulama” in a particular sect (ijma’) + the comments and opinions of their students + the comments and opinions of early “ulama” + the comments and opinions of later “ulama” + the fatwas of living “ulama”+”sufi” master + “pir” + “dorbesh” + spiritual leader + so on and so on, you name it.
Can’t we believe God without needing the Idols in between God and our salvation? Do we need and humans to intercede as a middleman between God and us in the Deen?