Does Use Of Words Matter In Terms Of Polytheism?
hello there assalamualaikum,
my question is that there was an article in Islamqa where while describing shirk, minor shirk was told and one of the cases of minor shirk in words was that saying “whatever Allah wills and etc etc wills”. and also a hadith regarding this is
Abdullāh ibn ‘Abbās (may Allah be pleased with him) reported: A man said to the Prophet (may Allah’s peace and blessings be upon him): “It is as Allah wills and you will.” Thereupon, he said: “Do you make me an equal to Allah? It is only as Allah wills.”
but there’s also a hadith which says like
Hudhayfah reported: The Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Do not say: What Allah wills and this person wills. Rather you should say: What Allah wills, then what this person wills.”
Source: Sunan Abī Dāwūd 4980
so my question is that is it shirk or a mushrikaana rawaiiya to say such words? i mean if the intention of the sayer is not to equalize them but is just to say normally. so would it be a sin? and also when we say words like “i fed the poor” “i made this chair” or “i helped this man”. now if we look this in words no one can feed a man intrinsically or help someone or making something intrinsically but it is just a way of saying that Allah allowed me to do the asbaab for that thing and Allah did the thing through me etc. i mean we use the same words for Allah as well like “Allah helped me” “Allah willed it” and also use for people “etc etc helped me” ” or he gave me his car because his father wanted/willed the car to be given to me”. because of limitations of language, the words used are same but the reality of the concept of the sayer is different etc in both cases.
so what would be the ruling in above Hadith and case below. can it be said that saying something side to side with Allah’s name like “whatever Allah will and you will” saying side by side, coupling it would be blameworthy and minor shirk, as this can give an impression of sayer meaning them to be equal but. if said isolated separate from Allah’s name then it’s fine?
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