The Quran condemns those who mention ‘others’ with God

(Reason 11 of ‘22 serious reasons shahada should contain no name except God’s’)

The Quran condemns those who mention ‘others_ with God

 
The Quranic CRITERION distinguishes true Muslims from those who mention ‘OTHERS’ with God

The following verse presents as a criterion for distinguishing true Muslims from idolaters as it identifies the mentioning of ‘OTHERS’ alongside God as a sign of idolatry:

When God Alone is mentioned, the minds of those who do not acknowledge the End (Whole/ Ultimate) are filled with aversion; and when OTHERS are mentioned besides Him, they rejoice! 39:45

This describes how the pure monotheists who have a holistic mindset differ from the polytheists who are unable to consider the Whole as One (cf. ‘who do not acknowledge the End (Whole/ Ultimate)’). The latter, due to the polytheistic splitting of their minds towards scattered idols with fragmented authorities, fail to proclaim God’s oneness as such without conjoining it with their demigods, the ‘OTHERS’ (2:165, 9:31, 12:106, 16:51-52, 17:22, 17:39, 39:36, 39:45, 40:12).

This Quranic criterion instantly exposes those Muhammadans who, by mentioning Muhammad with God in their extended testimony, somehow perceive God + Muhammad as two reciprocal halves of a divine pair and thus violate the holistic awareness about God. Expectedly, they feel discontent when God alone is mentioned in the original testimony, as they find it inadequate. But when their venerated idol appears besides God in their own add-on, they rejoice at it (‘and when OTHERS are mentioned beside Him, they rejoice’).

This conjoining of the messenger’s name with God’s turns him into a divine associate and makes Hadith a second authority next to the Quran. This in turn downgrades the Quran into an incomplete book unless it is annexed with hadith hearsays.

We do not need ‘OTHERS besides God’

Please observe how the context of the above Quranic criterion clarifies the expression ‘OTHERS besides God’:

Is God not sufficient for His servant? They frighten you with OTHERS besides Him. …

Or have they taken intercessors besides God? Say: What if they do not possess any power, nor understanding?

Say: To God belong all intercessions. To Him belongs the sovereignty of the Heavens and the Earth, then to Him you are returned.

When God Alone is mentioned, the minds of those who do not acknowledge the End (Whole/ Ultimate) are filled with aversion; and when OTHERS are mentioned besides Him, they rejoice! 39:36, 43-45

This issue of ‘OTHERS besides God’ is dealt with throughout the Quran. For example:

And from among the people are some who take OTHERS as equals to God, they love them as they should love God. 2:165

And God has said, “Do not take-up two gods, two. There is only One god, so it is Me, only Me, that you shall revere.”

And to Him is what is in the Heavens and the Earth, so to Him shall be the obedience. Would you then pay reverence to someone OTHER than God? 16:51-52

Do not set up with God any OTHER god; or you will find yourself disgraced, abandoned. 17:22

This is from what your Sustainer has inspired to you of the wisdom. And do not make with God any OTHER god, or you will be cast into inferno, blameworthy and rejected. 17:39

As noted elsewhere, the focal point of Islam, as the formulation ‘There is no god but God’ and its equivalents, is stated throughout the Quran most clearly and constantly, and NEVER in conjunction with another name. A good example in this regard is 47:19, which, though found in sura Muhammad, doesn’t make an exception: So know that there is no god but God, and ask forgiveness for thy faults. 47:19 (cf. ‘Muhammad’ appearing in 47:2). Since the verse belongs to a chapter named after Muhammad, at least here we could expect his name attached with God’s! But, to the contrary, by depicting him as a fallible mortal instead of God’s earthly counterpart, it rather discredits the sectarian addition to shahada. Thus, the Quranic shahada (3:18, 3:81), even when appears in sura Muhammad, doesn’t mention Muhammad’s name!

Extended shahada involves shirk or association

To better understand how the dual testimony blatantly violates the spirit of the Quran and presents as a form of shirk, please notice all the related undertones of the word ‘shirk’:

Shiin-Ra-Kaf = to be a companion, be sharer/partner; shirkun – share, participation, polytheism, idolatry, making associate/partner with Allah; shariik (pl. shurakaa) – associate, partner, sharer; shaarak (vb. 3) – to share with; ashraka (vb. 4) – to make a sharer or associate, give companions (e.g. to God), be a polytheist or idolater; ashraktumuuni – you associated me as partner; mushrik – one who gives associate to God, polytheist; mushtarikun (vb. 8) – one who partakes or shares (Project Root List).

Evidently, by associating Muhammad’s name with God’s, Muhammadans have turned a mere human into a companion/sharer/partner/participant/associate with God. In fact, there are Muslim scholars who very openly proclaim that the extended shahada deliberately conjoins Muhammad’s name with God’s for the express purpose of making him a partner with God. For example, according to the renowned Muslim jurist and scholar Qadi Iyad, though we should not use the Arabic conjunction wa (“and”) when speaking of God and anyone or anything else since this ends up associating partners with God, we must make an exception in the case of ‘shahada’, the very testimony of faith that elevates Muhammad to divine status and parity with God:

Qatada said, “Allah exalted his fame in this world and the Next. There is no speaker, witness nor anyone doing the prayer who fails to say, ‘There is no god but Allah and Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.’”

Abu Sa’id al-Khudri related that the Prophet said, “Jibril came to me and said, ‘My Lord and your Lord says, “Do you know how I have exalted your fame?”’ I said, ‘Allah and His Messenger know best.’ He said, ‘When I am mentioned you are mentioned with Me.’”

Ibn ‘Ata quoted a hadith qudsi saying, “I completed belief with your being mentioned with Me.” And another one which says, “I have made your mention part of My mention so whoever mentions Me, mentions you.”

Ja’far ibn Muhammad as-Sadiq, “No one mentions you as the Messenger but that he mentions Me as the Lord.”

He coupled his name with His own name, and his pleasure with His pleasure. He made him one of the two pillars of tawhid.” (Qadi Iyad Ibn Musa al-Yahsubi, Kitab Ash-shifa bi ta’rif huquq al-Mustafa)

But not only did God pair His own name with Muhammad’s name forever, what is even more shocking is that these two conjoined names are also inscribed on the very gate of the paradise itself:

Ibn ‘Abbas said, “Written on the door of the Garden is: I am Allah. There is no god but Me. Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. I will not punish anyone who says that.” (Ibid., Chapter Three).

Muhammadans share the same idolatrous attitude with their pagan predecessors

Meccan polytheists, who also claimed themselves followers of Abraham the monotheist, worshipped mainly sanctified names of imaginary idols – Laat, Manat, Uzza etc – rather than concrete idols or graven images (53:19-23). Thus, like today’s Muhammadans, they also created more of an abstract idolization through holy names, intercession and absurd rules and rituals (53:23-28).

It is inconceivable that the prophet of monotheism would allow his followers to replace the names of these previous idols with his own name or names of OTHERS besides God (7:71, 12:40, 19:65, 37:35-36). Obviously, placing his name or the names of his relatives or companions next to God’s name was an innovation by earlier Muhammadans who shared a similar idolatrous attitude with those pre-Islamic pagans. No distortion of Islam can be more serious than idolizing the messenger against the core commandments of the Quran, a book that condemns any form of shirk or association with God as the only unforgivable sin in Islam (4:48 cf. 4:116, 39:65, 6:88). By following their predecessors, Muhammadans of later generations gradually fell into this hidden trap of shirk.

True Muslims with a holistic approach should find no difficulty in accepting the Quranic shahada with no name in it except God’s (3:18, 3:81). On the other hand, people with a fragmented mindset, who set up semi-divinities besides the Divine, will fail to testify God’s oneness without adding to it their own idols:

This is because when God Alone was mentioned, you rejected, but when associates were included besides Him, you acknowledged. 40:12 (cf. 12:106)

Summary

The Quran condemns those who mention ‘others’ with God

The following verse presents as a CRITERION for distinguishing true Muslims from idolaters as it identifies the mentioning of ‘others’ alongside God as a sign of idolatry: When God Alone is mentioned, the minds of those who do not acknowledge the End (Whole/ Ultimate) are filled with aversion; and when OTHERS are mentioned besides Him, they rejoice! 39:45

This is how the pure monotheists who have a holistic mindset differ from the polytheists who are unable to consider the Whole as One. The latter, due to the polytheistic splitting of their minds towards scattered idols with fragmented authorities, fail to proclaim God’s oneness as such without conjoining it with their demigods, the ‘OTHERS’ (2:165, 9:31, 12:106, 16:51-52, 17:22, 17:39, 39:36, 39:45, 40:12).

This Quranic criterion instantly exposes those Muhammadans who, by mentioning Muhammad with God in their extended testimony, somehow perceive God + Muhammad as two reciprocal halves of a divine pair and thus violate the holistic awareness about God. Expectedly, they feel discontent when God alone is mentioned in the original testimony, as they find it inadequate. But when their venerated idol appears besides God in their own add-on, they rejoice at it.

Evidently, by associating Muhammad’s name with God’s in shahada, Muhammadans have turned a mere human into a companion/sharer/partner/participant/associate with God. This blatantly goes against the spirit of the Quran and presents as a form of shirk or association with God, the only unforgivable sin in Islam (4:48 cf. 4:116, 39:65, 6:88).

Meccan polytheists, who also claimed themselves followers of Abraham the monotheist, worshipped mainly sanctified names of imaginary idols – Laat, Manat, Uzza etc – rather than concrete idols or graven images (53:19-23). Thus, like today’s Muhammadans, they also created more of an abstract idolization through holy names, intercession and absurd rules and rituals (53:23-28). It is inconceivable that the prophet of monotheism would allow his followers to replace the names of these previous idols with his own name or names of OTHERS besides God (7:71, 12:40, 19:65, 37:35-36). Obviously, placing his name or the names of his relatives or companions next to God’s name was an innovation by earlier Muhammadans who shared a similar idolatrous attitude with those pre-Islamic pagans. By following their predecessors, Muhammadans of later generations gradually fell into this hidden trap of shirk.

True Muslims with a holistic approach should find no difficulty in accepting the Quranic shahada with no name in it except God’s (3:18, 3:81). On the other hand, people with a fragmented mindset, who set up semi-divinities besides the Divine, will fail to testify God’s oneness without adding to it their own idols (40:12; cf. 12:106).