Shaikh Hammaad al-Ansaari on Why Polytheism [Shirk] is Called Oppression [Dhulm]

April 19, 2014 § Leave a comment


Shaikh Hammad al-Ansaari, may Allaah have mercy on him, said, “Why is polytheism [shirk] called oppression [dhulm]?

Because polytheism is to place worship where it doesn’t belong. A person who worships something else instead of Allaah, like an angel, a prophet, a tree, a stone or clay, or some item, or nature—such a person has placed worship where it doesn’t belong, and that is why Allaah عزوجل called it oppression. Oppression is to place something where it doesn’t belong.”

Al-Jaami fi Tafsir Surah al-Faatihah, p. 109.

Ibn al-Qayyim on the Aayah, “… and We Made for Him Light by Which to Walk Among the People …”

January 25, 2013 § Leave a comment


“And is one who was dead and We gave him life and made for him light by which to walk among the people like one who is in darkness, never to emerge therefrom?[An’aam 6:122]

Ibn al-Qayyim said, “His Saying, “… and We made for him light by which to walk among the people …” encompasses a number of issues.

One of them is that he walks among the people with light while they are in darkness, so his example and theirs is like that of a people whom the night encompassed and who became lost and who could not find the way, and the other has light with which he walks along the path and sees it and sees what he should be wary of.

The second is that he walks among them with his light, and so they take from him due to their need of light.

The third is that he walks with his light on the Day of Resurrection over the Siraat [bridge] when the people of polytheism [shirk] and hypocrisy remain in the darkness of their polytheism and hypocrisy.”

Fawaa’idul-Fawaa’id, p. 159.

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