The Parable of Quran refuting the Wahabi creed  

From the first principles of the Wahabi creed is the proposition that polytheists were monotheists in their belief of the Lordship of Allah. The leader of the Wahabi sect, Muhammed Ibn Abdul Wahab, mocks those Muslims who believe otherwise as being far more ignorant than the unbelievers:

……..the intelligent and shrewd amongst them (the ones who claim Islaam) think that its (i.e. the Kalimah’s ) meaning is that none creates or sustains and nourishes but Allaah, and none controls the affairs except Allaah. So there can be no goodness in a person when the ignorant ones amongst the Unbelievers are more knowledgeable than him of the meaning of “Laa ilaaha illallaah” “. (Source: Kashf ush-Shubuhaat)  

He writes that the meaning of la ilaaha illallaah affirmed by the Quran and Muslims against the polytheists of Mecca was not in the meaning of Lordship of Allah because the polytheists, he alleges, already had the correct belief in the oneness of Allah’s Lordship. Based on this premise he diverts away the meaning of tawhid and shirk, falsely twisting aspects which have nothing to do with shirk into shirk and finally accusing the Muslim Ummah of being polytheists.

This premise of the Wahabi sect is refuted in the Quran through a parable that Allah puts forth:

{In this Quran, We have put forward all kinds of illustration for people, so that they may take heed– an Arabic Quran, free from any distortion– so that people may be mindful.     God puts forward this illustration: can a man who has for his masters several partners at odds with each other be considered equal to a man devoted wholly to one master? All praise belongs to God, though most of them do not know.} [39:27-29] 

In this parable that Allah had revealed in refutation of the Meccan pagans, polytheism is being compared to serving several masters who are at odds with each other, while monotheism is analogized with serving one master wholly.

This parable provides the following benefits in refuting this Wahabi creed:

1) The analogy considers polytheism to be in the idea of a master having several partners that are at odds with each other.  This proves that the belief of the Meccan pagans consisted of the idea that Allah had several partners who had the power and authority to be at odds with Allah. This is an issue of association of partners in Allah’s Lordship and therefore in direct contradiction to what the 1st principle of Wahabism states.

2) The parable proves that the relationship between Allah and the believer is one of wholesome servant hood to Allah. The meaning of worship is thereby established by this to be of servitude.

3) The parable does not mention the innovations of the Wahabi sect whereby “seeking” an object should have been projected as the meaning of worship and the basis of distinguishing monotheism from polytheism.

{In this way God illustrates truth and falsehood– the froth disappears, but what is of benefit to man stays behind– this is how God makes illustrations.} [Quran 13:17]

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