Polytheism is to direct anything that is for God alone to other than him.
It is the most harmful thing a person can do and it is the greatest thing that the prophets and messengers (who taught mankind what is helpful and harmful to them) prohibited.
Polytheism is the greatest injustice.
Consider the sky and the earth.
There are clear rules in them that cannot be escaped from.
Air removes breathlessness,
Water removes thirst, and food, hunger.
We need sleep to rest and recover.
We need clothing to protect us from the cold and rain and to protect our shame.
There is no moment during the night or the day except that you are dependant upon things that you have no control over.
It has always been this way and always will be.
We used to be just drops of fluid emitted and now you have eyes with which to read this and a heart to understand its meaning.
People were a means of nurturing you throughout your life who took no payment from you.
Now tell me, were you created by nothing?
Can nothing create a body that takes food and breaks it down then turns it into flesh and bones and hair and nails and a heart that beats?
A body composed (normally) over 50% of water, which is sent down from the sky which you have no control over.
From clouds like mountains held above your head, that were they to fall on you would crush you completely.
Can nothing create this?
The earth, which we build upon, plant seeds in, then wait as they split and follow the programming placed in them to take up water and nutrients, turn them into organic matter, become strong to the point of standing on its stem, then grow leaves that use sunlight to derrive energy for growth and repair.
Then over a period of years, it grows fruit that is ripe and juicy and ready to eat; and you eat from it, being in need of it – and you don’t need to create it.
Can nothing create this?
Can you create this?
You need knowledge, power, will and wisdom to create this.
No one inside the creation has this, so who does?
The Owner, The Originator, The Provider, The All-Knowing, The All-Wise does.
Is there any worthy of worship after Him?
The Favours of God
Look at all these things that you have been given for free,
When you were a baby and couldn’t eat solid food and couldn’t control your body, someone fed you, kept you warm and sheltered.
As you grew up you needed clothes and teaching and someone did that for you.
You needed to be guided as you grew up as regards the harmful and helpful affairs.
Now imagine, if after becoming strong by way of the favours this person gave you, that one day you turn around and say:
“Thank you, brick in the wall of my parent’s house, for feeding, clothing and nurturing me.”
What person would find this acceptable!
Or that your mother cooks you *just one meal* – and you turn to the cat and say:
“Thank you, cat, for this lovely meal”
In your mother’s house, the gratitude that you should be showing to your mother – and directing it to something which cannot help or harm you!
Or thanking the saucepan, or the spoon for your meals – when they have no knowledge of how to create a meal, no wisdom and will!
How could someone do this.
So how can someone direct the gratitude that should be directed to The One controlling the wind and the rain and the plants and the sun using them all together to create that person – direct that gratitude to a tree or a rock or a human being like them?!
This is polytheism, and it is the greatest injustice.
The Right of The Creator
Your Creator has a right over you.
It is that you single Him out in gratitude for the various favours He has bestowed upon you.
That you single Him out in knowing and affirming that He is The Only One with His Perfect Attributes.
His being, The All-Knowing, The All-Hearing, The All-Mighty and other than that.
And that He is the Only One performing His Perfect Actions: Controlling the affairs, Creating, Bestowing Forms, Owning Everything, Guiding whomever He wills.
And what *must* follow from this, that you single Him out in the natural consequence of that – that you single Him out in the gratitude that should be shown to Him by doing that which He is pleased with and staying away from that which He is displeased with.
This is worship.
And this is not known except by way of His Prophets and Messengers.
The Call of The Prophets and Messengers
In every nation, God has sent messengers.
He sent with them Books and guidance to teach mankind how to show gratitude to Him and how to avoid displeasing Him.
The first thing that all the prophets and messengers called their people to was to worship God alone and to stay away from the false deities.
As God has said in The Qur’an, the Last of His Books:
وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِى كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولًا أَنِ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ وَٱجْتَنِبُوا۟ ٱلطَّٰغُوتَ فَمِنْهُم مَّنْ هَدَى ٱللَّهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِ ٱلضَّلَٰلَةُ فَسِيرُوا۟ فِى ٱلْأَرْضِ فَٱنظُرُوا۟ كَيْفَ كَانَ عَٰقِبَةُ ٱلْمُكَذِّبِينَ
“And verily, We have sent among every nation a Messenger, [saying], “Worship God (alone) and avoid the false deities. And among them were those whom God guided, and among them were those upon whom the straying was justified. So travel through the earth and observe how was the end of the deniers.”The Noble Qur’an 16:36
Remember, God is controlling everything through the chains of cause and effect that He is All-Knowing over and which never leaves His Ownership or Control.
If you never consider how to please The Creator, never consider how you should act with all the things He has granted you, and instead do only that which displeases Him – how can you hope for good?
Monotheism is the foundation of every rectification.
It is that you submit to God alone upon monotheism, yielding to Him in obedience, turning away from polytheism and its people.
In Arabic, this is called “Islam”.
And the people that do this are called “Muslims”.
The Innate Disposition
Every human is born believing in The One Creator.
All they need to do is be directed as to how to worship Him.
To strengthen their disposition with knowledge and righteous actions to the perfection of that person.
There are individuals, however, who see in encouraging ingratitude to God a way of seeking quick wealth in this world and work hard to turn the people away from their Creator.
They do this by messing with the desires in people and by filling their head and heart with doubts instead of the truth.
There are people that may follow them in this not knowing the truth.
The Prophets and the Messengers were the best of mankind, having been nurtured upon knowledge and favours we cannot imagine and were granted the most intelligence of any people (the ability to gather and act upon knowledge).
They called their people to what they are desperately in need of, turning back to their Lord upon obedience.
They did this despite considerable harms and having to oppose desires for the world and instead choose what pleases God – and what He has prepared for the people who single Him out in worship.
The Paradise of Abode
The reality of what comes after death can only be taken from the people who received revelation from The Creator.
God will admit whom he wills into His Paradise, purify whoever He wills by way of the fire, or leave in there eternally those deserving of that.
God has said in the Qur’an,
لَقَدْ كَفَرَ ٱلَّذِينَ قَالُوٓا۟ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ هُوَ ٱلْمَسِيحُ ٱبْنُ مَرْيَمَ وَقَالَ ٱلْمَسِيحُ يَٰبَنِىٓ إِسْرَٰٓءِيلَ ٱعْبُدُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ رَبِّى وَرَبَّكُمْ إِنَّهُۥ مَن يُشْرِكْ بِٱللَّهِ فَقَدْ حَرَّمَ ٱللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ ٱلْجَنَّةَ وَمَأْوَىٰهُ ٱلنَّارُ وَمَا لِلظَّٰلِمِينَ مِنْ أَنصَارٍ
“Surely, they have disbelieved who say: “God is the Messiah, son of Mary.” But the Messiah said: “O Children of Israel! Worship God, my Lord and your Lord.” Verily, whosoever sets up partners in worship with God, then God has forbidden Paradise for him, and the Fire will be his abode. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.”The Noble Qur’an 5:72
The path to safety in this life and the next, the path of peace and the foundation of every good is simple, God has said in a portion of one chapter of The Qur’an:
وَمَآ أُمِرُوٓا۟ إِلَّا لِيَعْبُدُوا۟ ٱللَّهَ مُخْلِصِينَ لَهُ ٱلدِّينَ حُنَفَآءَ وَيُقِيمُوا۟ ٱلصَّلَوٰةَ وَيُؤْتُوا۟ ٱلزَّكَوٰةَ وَذَٰلِكَ دِينُ ٱلْقَيِّمَةِ
“And they were not commanded except to worship God (alone), being sincere to Him in religion, being upright and inclined (to the truth) to establish the prayer and give the obligatory charity. And that is the upright, correct religion.
إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا۟ مِنْ أَهْلِ ٱلْكِتَٰبِ وَٱلْمُشْرِكِينَ فِى نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ خَٰلِدِينَ فِيهَآ أُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ هُمْ شَرُّ ٱلْبَرِيَّةِ
Indeed, those who disbelieved among the People of the Book and the Polytheists will be in the Fire of Hell, abiding therein. They are the worst of creatures.
إِنَّ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ أُو۟لَٰٓئِكَ هُمْ خَيْرُ ٱلْبَرِيَّةِ
Indeed, those who have believed and worked righteous deeds, they are the best of creatures.
جَزَآؤُهُمْ عِندَ رَبِّهِمْ جَنَّٰتُ عَدْنٍ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا ٱلْأَنْهَٰرُ خَٰلِدِينَ فِيهَآ أَبَدًا رَّضِىَ ٱللَّهُ عَنْهُمْ وَرَضُوا۟ عَنْهُ ذَٰلِكَ لِمَنْ خَشِىَ رَبَّهُۥ
“Their reward with their Lord will be gardens of eternity beneath which rivers flow, they will abide therein forever. God will be please with them and they will be please with Him. That is for the one who fears his Lord.”The Noble Qur’an 98:5
As for the description of Paradise which God has prepared for the monotheists, God, The All-Mighty and The Oft-Forgiving has said:
مَّثَلُ ٱلْجَنَّةِ ٱلَّتِى وُعِدَ ٱلْمُتَّقُونَ فِيهَآ أَنْهَٰرٌ مِّن مَّآءٍ غَيْرِ ءَاسِنٍ وَأَنْهَٰرٌ مِّن لَّبَنٍ لَّمْ يَتَغَيَّرْ طَعْمُهُۥ وَأَنْهَٰرٌ مِّنْ خَمْرٍ لَّذَّةٍ لِّلشَّٰرِبِينَ وَأَنْهَٰرٌ مِّنْ عَسَلٍ مُّصَفًّى وَلَهُمْ فِيهَا مِن كُلِّ ٱلثَّمَرَٰتِ وَمَغْفِرَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِمْ كَمَنْ هُوَ خَٰلِدٌ فِى ٱلنَّارِ وَسُقُوا۟ مَآءً حَمِيمًا فَقَطَّعَ أَمْعَآءَهُمْ
“The description of Paradise which the pious have been promised: In it are rivers of water that is pure and unadulterated, and rivers of milk the taste of which never changes, and rivers of wine delicious to those who drink, and rivers of purified honey. And they shall have every type of fruit therein as well as forgiveness from their Lord.”The Noble Qur’an 47:15
وَبَشِّرِ ٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟ وَعَمِلُوا۟ ٱلصَّٰلِحَٰتِ أَنَّ لَهُمْ جَنَّٰتٍ تَجْرِى مِن تَحْتِهَا ٱلْأَنْهَٰرُ كُلَّمَا رُزِقُوا۟ مِنْهَا مِن ثَمَرَةٍ رِّزْقًا قَالُوا۟ هَٰذَا ٱلَّذِى رُزِقْنَا مِن قَبْلُ وَأُتُوا۟ بِهِۦ مُتَشَٰبِهًا وَلَهُمْ فِيهَآ أَزْوَٰجٌ مُّطَهَّرَةٌ وَهُمْ فِيهَا خَٰلِدُونَ
“And give glad tidings to those who believe and do righteous deeds, that for them will be gardens beneath which rivers flow. Whenever they are provided with a provision of fruit therefrom, they will say, “This is what we were provided with before.” And it is given to them in likeness. And they will have therein purified spouses, and they will abide therein eternally.”The Noble Qur’an 2:25
The Former Books
The people of the previous Books (Christians and Jews) were ordered to worship God alone, and this exists in their books to this very day.
However, there appeared among them evil leaders who misled the people by spreading doubts that were inline with the people’s desires.
That you can do whatever you like, don’t worry about pleasing your Lord and Nurturer because [excuse of the day in that particular sect].
Common lies and excuses include:
Lie and say a prophet was God – yet he was born from a woman, ate food and worshipped God alone and called his people to do that also (Christianity).
Or that they won’t be punished because you are from a particular tribe (Judaism).
Rather, no bearer of a burdens will bear the burden of another, every soul will have that which they earned.
If you follow the guidance that is for the good of your own self, and if you were to turn away it would only be to your own harm.
Is this not justice?
The Effects of Polytheism
Remember, causes are tied to effects.
Everything you do has an effect, whether on yourself alone or upon the world around you.
We are born not knowing these causes and effects.
God teaches us by way of the Prophets and Messengers the beneficial knowledge and righteous actions.
This is the knowledge that is necessary for us to know to receive specific mercy.
For example, we need not know all the worldly consequences of polytheism – we need only know that The Creator is displeased with it and to stay away from it,
That said, considering the creation may be a means of the slave increasing in certainty while already being certain, so here are some reflections:
When the people commit polytheism, they become slaves to that thing they are worshipping.
Not only that but they are slaves to anyone who is seen to control that thing or whom they think has been granted honour by it (whilst the honour belongs to God, the messengers and the believers only).
For example, how many people have been led into harming themselves, because they were told that their “gods” have ordained it.
Like the Aztecs of old, who had studied the creation and learned the solar eclipse cycles.
Telling their people that they had fallen short in their fake religion and that some calamity was to befall.
Then when the solar eclipse fell upon the time that God decreed the people were fooled into committing mass polytheism – human sacrifices, etc.
Do you think if they could fool the masses into killing each other, it would be hard to take their wealth?
How many a Christian or Jewish priest/rabbi, etc has stolen the wealth of the people through false practices?
In addition, consider today where the people are pushed into invented festivals to encourage them to spend their wealth on things which harm them – only to fill the pockets of a few!
In addition, when a people commit polytheism they have wasted their time in what there is no benefit to them, followed their desires and covered the *most necessary and essential truth* (that God is the only one worthy of submitting to).
So what about things less than this.
If people can cover the fact that the One Controlling everything is the only One worthy of calling upon and seeking the aid of and submitting to – then covering less evident truths is easy.
For example, why is the wealth of the people being stolen? (Taxes)
Why are people selling their money for less than it’s worth? (Interest, aka, Usury)
Why are the most ignorant 51% of countries choosing how to run the country? (Democracy)
And the list is innumerable.
What good can there be for the one who has turned away from their Creator?
How to Show Gratitude to Our Creator
To begin to show gratitude to your Creator, you must submit to Him alone.
This begins, as the last messenger of God, Muhammad (may He extol him and bestow on him peace) said when he sent his companion Mu’adh to call the people of Yemen to God:
“You will come to a people [from] the People of the Book, so let the first thing you call them to be: to bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped except God…”Authenticated by Bukhari and Muslim
And when he was asked about submission to God alone (Islam) he replied:
“Islām is to bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but God and Muhammad is the Messenger of God…”Authenticated by Muslim
Whoever bears witness, sincerely to God, that none has the right to be worshipped except Allah (God) alone and Muhammad is His slave and messenger – then he has submitted to God and has become a Muslim.
A Muslim, one who has submitted to God alone, like Noah, Abraham, Moses and Jesus before them.
With this life is given to the heart of the slave, and they leave the darkness of polytheism to the light of monotheism.
Are you ready for a life of ease that will never end?
You know what to do.