Shirkification. What is it?

Many may not know what the Islamic concept of shirk is (please continue reading). Related to this term are other related and important terms. They include the likes of ‘shirkification’, ‘yushriku’ and ‘idol-isation’. But what exactly are they?

Shirk

Noun.

  • Shirk means “ascribing a partner or rival to Allah [the most glorified, the most high] – that is, the only One God that has ever existed – in [1] Lordship (rububiyyah), [2] worship [illuhiyyah or ‘ubudiyyah] or in [3] His names and attributes [al-Asma wa al-Siffat].
  • “A rival is a peer or counterpart. Hence Allah forbids setting up rivals with Him and he condemns those who take them (rivals) as gods instead of or besides Allah in many verses of the Qur’an.”

(SOURCE: Taken from IslamQA. For an elaboration of Shirk’s types, please click on the link.)

  • Shirk is the opposite of Tawheed, which is affirming the One-ness of Allah (pristine monotheism): that (1) He, alone, is the Supreme Lord (rububiyyah); that (2) He possesses the Best Names and Attributes (al-Asma wa al-Siffat) and that (3) He must/ought to be worshipped/ devoted to (illuhiyyah or ‘ubudiyyah).
  • Please note that although all three categories of tawheed have been the message that the prophets (peace be upon them) have been charged to convey, this last category (i.e. tawheed al-illuhiyyah or al-‘ubudiyyah) is the one that most people – including Muslims – have a hard time appreciating. Please refer to the aqeedah book for a more in-depth discussion, ‘Mission Possible: The Legacy of the Prophets – Reflections on Tawheed and Imaan’.

Evidence:

Allah, the Most Glorified, the Most High, Says:

“Then do not set up rivals unto Allah (in worship) while you know (that He Alone has the right to be worshipped)” (Qur’an, al-Baqarah 2:22)

“And they set up rivals to Allah, to mislead (men) from His path! Say: ‘Enjoy (your brief life)! But certainly, your destination is the (Hell) Fire!’” (Qur’an, Ibraheem 14:30)

Have you seen he who has taken as his god his [own] desire, and Allah has sent him astray due to knowledge and has set a seal upon his hearing and his heart and put over his vision a veil? So who will guide him after Allah? Then will you not be reminded?” (Qur’an, al-Jathiya 45:23)

For the importance of this topic, please see a pending post.

 

Shirkification

Noun.

  • The abstract noun that explains the ‘action of’ or ‘ the process by which shirk takes effect’; the ‘movements to shirk’ as such.
  • The means and methods by which Allah is anthropormorphised and/ or delimited into a remote (redundant/deist/notional/functional/symbolic) concept and/or physical idol.
  • The substitution of Allah as He conveys Himself via authentic revelation (Qur’an and Sunnah according to the understanding of the early community of believers) as opposed to the hawa (desires and opinions) of the people and their manufatured constructions (whether as abstract concepts or physical idols) – which becomes worshipped instead; false idols.
  • The means and methods by which tawheed (pristine monotheism) is transformed into shirk.
  • The means and methods by which Truth regresses into falsehood.
  • Synonym: ‘Idol-isation’ (see below).
  • Synonym: ‘Idolisation’ (see below).

 

To Shirkify

Verb (Infinitive).

  • To ascribe a partner or rival to Allah [the most glorified, the most high] in [1] Lordship (rububiyyah), [2] worship [illuhiyyah or ‘ubudiyyah] or in [3] His names and attributes [al-Asma wa al-Siffat].
  • The action of shirkification, as above.
  • Synonym: ‘Yushriku’, as below.

 

Yushriku or Yushrikuna

Verb.

  • To ascribe a partner or rival to Allah [the most glorified, the most high] in [1] Lordship (rububiyyah), [2] worship [illuhiyyah or ‘ubudiyyah] or in [3] His names and attributes [al-Asma wa al-Siffat].
  • The action of shirkification, as above.
  • Synonym: ‘to shirkify’.
  • Yushriku: third person singular:
    • Example sentence: ‘He used to yushriku God into an idol.’
  • Yushrikuna: third person plural:
    • Example sentence: ‘They used to yushrikuna God into idols.’

Idol-isation

Noun.

  • Literally (pejorative): ‘to make into an idol’ – which, Islamically, is a heinous act.
  • NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH ‘Idolisation‘ (see below).
  • The abstract noun that explains the ‘action of’ or ‘ the process by which shirk takes effect’; the ‘movements to shirk’ as such.
  • The means and methods by which Allah is anthropormorphised and/ or delimited into remote (redundant/deist/notional/functional/symbolic) concept and/or physical idol.
  • The substitution of Allah as He conveys Himself via authentic revelation (Qur’an and Sunnah according to the understanding of the early community of believers) as opposed to the hawa (desires and opinions) of the people and their manufatured constructions (whether as abstract concepts or physical idols) – which becomes worshipped instead; false idols.
  • The means and methods by which tawheed (pristine monotheism) is transformed into shirk.
  • The means and methods by which Truth is substituted for falsehood.
  • Synonym of ‘Shirkification’.
  • Verb form: ‘to Idol-ise‘.

 

Idolisation

Noun. [NOTE: THIS IS AN EXISTING WORD]

  • Great admiration or love for somebody.
  • Excessive love of somebody/ something.
  • The idea that somebody/ something(s) is (are) worthy of worship.
  • Literally: ‘to make into an idol’; in contemporary (secular) parlance, this might be (now) seen as a good thing or simply as a neutral action. Islamically, this is a horrendous thing.
  • NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH ‘Idol-isation‘ (see above).
  • The substitution of Allah as He conveys Himself via authentic revelation (Qur’an and Sunnah according to the understanding of the early community of believers) as opposed to the hawa (desires and opinions) of the people and their manufatured constructions (whether as abstract concepts or physical idols) – which becomes worshipped instead; false idols.
  • Verb form: ‘to idolise‘.

 

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