How to invite Shiites to Tawheed (Monotheism)?
Simple question and answer on Shirkul Dua specially prepared for open hearted, open minded shias…may they be guided to true Tawheed.
Q1: I hear a lot shias calling or invoking upon Ali, Hussein with words like Ya Ali Madad, is this wrong?
Yes, this is wrong as it is not allowed in Islam to call upon anyone besides Allah. We have no other choice but to invoke Allah BECAUSE Allah COMMANDED and not requested us to invoke Him alone. Anything that comes under command then it automatically becomes an act of worship.
Q2: Are you sure that Allah (swt) Commanded us to invoke Him only?
Yes Allah commanded us to invoke Him and the ayats are:-
And your Lord says: “Invoke on Me, I will answer your prayer.” [40:60]
“Call ye, then, upon Allah with sincere devotion to Him, even though the Unbelievers may detest it.” [40:14]
He is the Ever Living, La ilaha illa Huwa, so call upon Him, giving Him sincere devotion. [40:65]
The most beautiful names belong to Allah: So invoke on Him by them. [7:180]
Invoke your Lord with humility and in secret. He likes not the aggressors.” [7:55]
…and Call upon Him, making your devotion sincere as in His Sight.” [7:29]
And Invoke not besides Allah any such that will neither Profit you nor Hurt you, but if (in case) you did so, you shall certainly be one of the Zalimin. [10:106]
All these ayats clearly Command us to invoke Allah, so invocation is must upon every believer.
Q3: Suppose I don’t invoke Him or invoke anyone besides Him, will I be punished?
Yes, you will be punished, because Allah created you to worship Him and not to forget that He commanded you to worship Him alone. As He (swt) said:
“And I (Allaah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)”. [51:56]
Q4: But I was talking about invocation and not worship.
Invocation is not different from worship. I have already told you that anything that comes under command equals to worship. And invocation is worship, nay but the best forms of worship.
Q5: Can you provide clear evidence from Qur’an on what you are saying?
And your Lord says: “Invoke on Me, I will answer your prayer.” Verily! Those who scorn My worship they will surely enter Hell in humiliation!” (Surat Ghafir 40:60)
In this aya Allah calls invocation as worship and those who do not invoke Him are charged with arrogance.
Q6: But the aya might have some other hidden meanings as shia scholars say that Qur’an can only be understood by Imams. So can you provide clear ahadeeths from shia source, like saying of Imams for example?
Yes there are many ahadeeths of shia Imams written in their most revered ahadeeths book affirming that invocation is worship.
Messenger (SAW) said: “Invocation is weapon of believer, pillar of religion and light of heavens and earth”
Imam Abu Ja3far (as) said: “Best form of worship is invocation”
“The dearest deeds towards Allah on earth is invocation”
Imam Al-Saadiq (as) said: “Invocation is worship”
“Verily invocation repels decree and catastrophe”
Messenger (SAW) said: “Invocation is the brain of worship, none perish with invocation”
(Bihar Al-Anwar 93/300)
After all these evidence it becomes clear that those who invoke other than Allah are in grave danger of committing shirk in worship or ‘shirk fi d-dua’. And such people have been clearly given warning by Allah in His Book Al-Qur’an, where He (swt) said:-
So whoever hopes for the Meeting with his Lord, let him work righteousness and associate none as a partner in the worship of his Lord.” [18:110]
So whoever hopes for meeting with Allah should ward off shirk in dua or worship.
And Lastly I would like to remind that Shirk is unforgiveable sin.
Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases; and whoever sets up partners with Allah, he has indeed invented a tremendous sin. [4:48]
Wa Salam Ala men it-taba3 alhuda.By Brother UmarbinKhatab Posted by: 13S2010