بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
إِنَّ اللّهَ لاَ يَغْفِرُ أَن يُشْرَكَ بِهِ وَيَغْفِرُ مَا دُونَ ذَلِكَ لِمَن يَشَاء وَمَن يُشْرِكْ بِاللّهِ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلاَلاً بَعِيدًا
“Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly gone far astray.” [Al-Qur’an – Surah An-Nisa (The Women): 116]
Growing up in the USA, we are taught to accept all people, no matter what they look like or what they believe. We are taught to accept all religions, and to never question anyone else’s personal life. I have friends from all walks of life, all religions and all races and never saw a fault in the way they led their lives. Whenever a question of religion came along, we would simply brush it aside saying ‘to you is your religion, we have no rights to say anything about it.’ Our demeanor would be an apologetic one of sorts, never discussing in depth. I truly believed that we shouldn’t even feel bad if other religions associate partners with Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), because that was their deen. We had no right to say anything to them.
After coming to the Qur’an, Alhumdulillah, I understand the true meaning of associating partners with Allah (سبحانه و تعالى). I understand that not only is it misleading for the ones doing it, but it is also so unfair to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى), The One who created everything.
I come from a very small town in the US, where we have a synagogue, a couple of churches and Alhumdulillah two masaajid. A few days ago my mother told me about a Hindu temple being built, saying, “It is about time they built one, they (The Hindus) deserve a place of worship, too.” A few years ago, I would’ve agreed. But after understanding the Qur’an, I was quite saddened. They deserve a place of worship? What about the injustice to Allah (سبحانه و تعالى)’s deen? I encounter many of my friends uploading pictures of their homemade temples on Facebook, so proud of the many idols they have, sometimes consisting of over one hundred. I stared at the picture in tears, thinking to myself how they could do this to themselves? To Allah (سبحانه و تعالى)? I suddenly felt the urge to go to their homes and break each and every idol. I held my emotions, knowing that this is something Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) nor His Prophet (صلى الله عليه وسلم) would approve of. What can be done? We can begin by making dua for the correct guidance of such people who have gone totally astray, and even more dua to keep us on a correct path, the path on which Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) is the only one we worship, the only one we want to please, the only one we will return to.