8 Hadith that Show Polytheism is the Worst Thing in the Sight of Allāh Ta’ālā

The worst of sins is Shirk. This sin is described as unforgivable in the absence of total and sincere repentance. Why is this the case?

One of the reasons explained by the scholars is that Allāh Ta’ālā gives life to a person in a pure and natural state; without any trace of disbelief and polytheism. Man goes about tainting this pure state and hence it is counted as very severe, severe to the point where a person is not forgiven for it. The terrible repercussions of Shirk are experienced in this life as well as the afterlife.

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In addition to the multitude of verses of the Noble Qur’ān, there are many Ahādīth that detail the severity of Shirk. Hereunder is a list of Ahādīth detailing this.

We hope in the mercy of Allāh Ta’ālā, that may He save everyone from falling into any form of Shirk.

Hadīth 1:

Sayyidunā ‘Abdullāh Ibn Mas’ūd radiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that he asked:

“O Messenger of Allāh, which is the gravest sin?” He replied, “That you ascribe a partner to the Being that created you.” “Then?” asked Sayyidunā ‘Abdullāh Ibn Mas’ūd radiyallāhu ‘anhu, “You kill your child out of fear that he will eat with you” replied Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam. “Then?” “You commit adultery with the wife of your neighbor.”[1]

Hadīth 2:

Sayyidunā Abū Ad-Dardā’ radiyallāhu ‘anhu reports:

“My friend, i.e., Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam, advised me: “Do not ascribe any partner to Allāh, even if you are cut to pieces and burnt. Do not willfully abandon the Fard Salāh. Whoever will willfully abandon Salāh, Allāh Ta’ālā is free from responsibility to him. Do not drink (intoxicants) because it is the key to all evil.”[2]

Hadīth 3:

Sayyidunā Abū Dhar radiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“Allāh Ta’ālā will forgive the sins of a person as long as he does not tear the veil (of His mercy).” The companions asked, “What is the veil?” He said, “The veil is where a person passes away with the belief of Shirk.”[3]

Hadīth 4:

Sayyidunā Abū Dhar radiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“He who meets Allāh without ascribing a partner to Him, Allāh will forgive him even if he has a mountain of sins on his head.”[4]

Hadīth 5:

Sayyidunā Ibn ‘Abbās radiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“Allāh says, ‘He who has conviction that I have the power to forgive all sins, I shall forgive as long as he does not ascribe any partner to Me, i.e., commit Shirk and I am independent.”[5]

Hadīth 6:

Sayyidunā Abū Hurayrah radiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“The doors of Jannah are opened on Mondays and Thursdays. Every person who does not ascribe a partner to Allāh is forgiven, except the one who has malice in his heart for his brother. It is said about these two: ‘Leave their matter until they reconcile.’”[6]

Hadīth 7:

Sayyidunā ‘Auf Ibn Mālik radiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“An angel from my Rabb came to me and gave me a choice; if I want, half my Ummah can enter Jannah and if I want, I can intercede for my Ummah. This intercession will be for every person that passed away without ascribing any partner to Allāh, i.e., without committing Shirk.”[7]

Hadīth 8:

Sayyidunā Abū Ayyūb Al-Ansārī radiyallāhu ‘anhu reports that Rasūlullāh sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam said:

“He who dies without ascribing a partner to Allāh will enter Jannah.”[8]

Jannah is for those who do not commit Shirk. May we be saved from all forms of Shirk and entered into Jannah.

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Notes

  1. Sahīh Bukhārī
  2. Ibn Mājah
  3. Kitāb Al-Ba’th wan Nushūr
  4. Ahmad
  5. Sharh As-Sunnah
  6. Sahīh Muslim
  7. Tirmidhī, Ibn Mājah
  8. Ahmad
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