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Idol Worship

Human beings need to believe in and follow some-thing. It is an innate part of their nature. Expressing attachment to particular ideologies lends meaning and purpose to life, whilst at the same time determining its direction and ultimate destination. Such adherence constitutes a form of worship.

Worship may comprise the elevation of statues and stones to semi-divine status; or, it may be composed of the exaltation of the self to the level of divinity. Thus, idol worship manifests itself in either the actual or abstract sense.

Anyone may succumb to vain desire, and might - over the course of time - become enamoured of such submission, if self-indulgence is preferred over and above everything else:

Surah 25, Al-Furqaan, Verse 43
Have you ever (considered the kind of man) who makes his own desires his deity? Could you, then, (O Prophet) be held responsible for him?

Surah 45, Al-Jaathiyaah, Verse 23
Have you ever considered (the kind of man) who makes his own desires his deity, and whom Allah has (thereupon) let go astray, knowing (that his mind is closed to all guidance) and whose hearing and heart HE has sealed, and upon whose sight HE has placed a veil? Who, then, could guide him after Allah? Will you not, then, bethink yourselves?

The I, Me, My and Mine mind-set reveals excessive attachment to the self. It is to be hoped that Muslims will set the best possible examples, by exhibiting the virtues of humility, generosity, patiance, forgivenness and forbearance. Islam encourages and inspires self-restraint and self-control - as opposed to self-absorption and selfishness.

Wa Llahu 'Alam.

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