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The Idol Worshipping Polytheist Accepted Allaah as the Real Creator

By Shaikh Salaah ud deen Yoosuf
From: Yaa Allaah Madad (Oh Allaah Help! (pg.64-68)
Trans: Abu Khuzaimah Ansaari

The saying “Calling upon others for help whilst accepting
Allaah is the real creator is not shirk.”


Then we say in this case we have to accept polytheism has
never existed and Allaah (and we seek refuge in such a
claim) was haphazard in referring to people as polytheists


The Quraan has clearly repeatedly mentioned the
polytheists of Arabia were the first people to be addressed
with the message of Tawheed, they accepted that Allaah
alone was the creator and owner of the heavens and earth
and who controlled the universe but yet even with this the
Quraan declared them to be polytheists. However the
question arises why were they held to be polytheists whilst
still believing in Allaah. Concentration on this point is
what exposes the reality of shirk.


The idols and false gods of the polytheists of Arabia who
they considered as deities, were in actual fact as they
believed, from the creation of Allaah. However with this
they claimed, because these people were pious and beloved
with Allaah they had a special status with him and
therefore possessed some special rites. So they worshipped
them because they had some rights that belonged to Allaah,
they would say we only mean to seek closeness to Allaah via them and call upon them as intermediaries, intercessor
and seek help from them.


The Quraan itself mentions these statements of the
polytheists. It says in Soorah Yoonus,
“And they worship besides Allaah things
that hurt them not, nor profit them, and
they say: “These are our intercessors
with Allaah…” (Soorah Yoonus 10:18)

In another place
“…And those who take Auliyaa
(protectors and helpers) besides Him
(say): “We worship them only that they
may bring us near to Allaah…” (Soorah
az-Zumar 39:3)



The authentic ahadeeth mentions the polytheists of Arabia
during the period of Hajj would say,
“But one (we) associate with you, you possess
mastery over him, but he does not possess
mastery (over you)….” (Saheeh Muslim)


The 5 Statues from the time of Nooh (Alayhis-Salaam) and the
Narration of Saheeh al-Bukhaari
The clarification of Ibn Abbaas is in Saheeh al-Bukhaari
concerning the 5 statues that were worshipped during the
time of Nooh (Alayhis-Salaam) who are mentioned in the
Quraan (in Soorah an-Nooh) and they were idols of
righteous people from amongst the people of Allaah

The names (of the idols) formerly belonged
to some pious men of the people of Noah,
and when they died Satan inspired their people to prepare and place idols at the
places where they used to sit, and to call
those idols by their names. The people did
so, but the idols were not worshipped till
those people (who initiated them) had died
and the origin of the idols had become
obscure, whereupon people began
worshipping them.” (Saheeh Bukhaari



Nonetheless we know from the clear exposition of the
Quraan, hadeeth and companions that the polytheism of the
polytheists of Arabia was to take the righteous people as
their helpers and fulfillers of needs after their deaths. They
began to give food on their names and celebrated
anniversaries at their shrines. As we know in reality they
believed Allaah was the real creator and when they were
faced with greater difficulties they would abandon their
idols and return to the only and real creator. The Quraan
itself has testified to this, for example when they were
unable to find an apparent helper when travelling in sea
they would only call upon Allaah and abandon their self
formulated pious people and gods.


“And when they embark on a ship, they
invoke Allaah, making their Faith pure
for Him only, but when He brings them
safely to land, behold, they give a share
of their worship to others” (Soorah al-
Ankaboot 29:65)

and at another place

“And when harm touches you upon the
sea, those that you call upon besides
Him vanish from you except Him (Allaah
Alone). But when He brings you safely
to land, you turn away (from Him). And
man is ever ungrateful” (Soorah al-Israa




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