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Things which are worshiped other than Allah can be summarized to about 5:

i.(الصنم): (Sanam) All those which are carved for worship whether they are in the form of human, animal or any other is included in this, can be translated as “idols”.

وَاجْنُبْنِي وَبَنِيَّ أَنْ نَعْبُدَ الأصْنَامَ

…keep me and my sons away from worshipping the idols

ii.(الوثن): (wathan) All those whether carved or not, worshiped besides Allah including human, animal or any other like trees, stones, graves, flags, cross etc. The proof that this includes these two types (carved and not) is (1) The dua of the Prophet (sAw)

” اللهم لا تجعل فبري وثناً يُعبد اشتد غضب الله على قوم اتخذوا قبور أنبيائهم مساجد “.رواه مالك في موطئه

Where he (sAw) has made dua to not to make his grave a wathan (wathanan) which is worshped.

Grave is not carved for worship purpose but he (sAw) has mentioned it as a wathan.

It is also reported in sunan Tirmizi, that Adi bin Haatim (ra) came with a golden (neckless with a) cross and that Nabi (sAw) commanded;

( يا عدي اطرح عنك هذا الوثن ) سنن الترمذي

To throw away that wathan.

So every Sanam (which mentioned first) is included in wathan but not every wathan is a sanam. Very often this word (wathan) is mistranslated as “idols” and therefore a completely different meaning is derived.

Narrated from Mujahid by ibn Jareer at-Tabaree, that wathan is not specific (i.e. it is a general term) and that it is infact stronger, because even sanam is also (included in) wathan.

It is a very common hadeeth, a prophecy mentioned by Nabi (sAw), that [dooms day would not come until a people come from this ummah who worship “idols”], wathan is translated as idols, but it is very clear that wathan is more general than this and that most of the people of this ummah have stated to indulge in this!!!

iii.(الإله): (ilaah, plural –aalihaa)

iv. (الرب): (rabb, plural –arbaab)

Adi bin Haatim said that he heard Nabi (saw) recite the verse:

اتَّخَذُوا أَحْبَارَهُمْوَرُهْبَانَهُمْ أَرْبَابًا مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ وَالْمَسِيحَ ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ وَمَاأُمِرُوا إِلا لِيَعْبُدُوا إِلَهًا وَاحِدًا لا إِلَهَ إِلا هُوَ سُبْحَانَهُعَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ

“They took their rabbis and their priests to be lords besides Allah and the messiah Ibn Maryam, while they were commanded to worship none but one ilaah, laa ilaha illa huwa. Praise and Glory be to Him from having the partners they associate.” (at Tawbah 9:31)

So I said to him (saw) ‘Verily, we did not worship them’ to which he (saw) replied, “Did they not make haraam what Allah made halaal, so you then made it haraam. And did they not make halaal what Allah made haraam and you therefore made it halaal?” I said ‘Yes’ He (saw) said, “That is worshipping them.” (Ahmad, Tirmidhi, Ibn Jareer)

So if we accept the hukm of those who judge other than Allah shar’ah, the law courts which now have been firmly rooted in the corners of the earth, then if we go to them submit to them or accept them with love and no hatred for them; then this is taking them as Rabb besides Allah. This is worshiping them. Therefore all our deeds (prayer, zakat, hajj etc) will be in worthless, and will never benefit us in the hereafter.

v.(الطاغوت): (taagoot, plural –tawaageet) The Taaghoot is that which is competing in the Rights [huqooq] and Attributes [Sifaat] of Allah (swt) or that object which has been attributed with these matters by others.

This consists of all the above mentioned categories (sanam, wathan, ilaah, rabb) –except the Prophets (anbiyaa) and the righteous men (saaliheen) among the slaves of Allah with whom the mushrikeen associates Allah.

Worshiping the tawaageet either from i’tiqaad, or by uttering or by his amal is joining partners with Allah swt. This has stretched in every corner of the earth, there is neither a country nor a city without a wathan or a tagoot been worshiped other than the Rabbil Aalameen.

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