________________________________________________________________________ | w w w |\ | || || | || |\ | o_,_7 _|| . _o_7 _|| 4_|_|| o_w_, |\ | ( : / (_) / ( . |\ | |\ | || || | || |T | | || | |\ | . _, _8 |_D_|| . _,_,_,_D_|| 4_|| q ]_o_7_o _|_c 4_|_|| _|,_p q |\ | (_): / (_): . : / (_S (_S / |\ | |\ | In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the All-Merciful |\ | Greeting of Allah be upon Muhammad and the pure members of his House |\ |_______________________________________________________________________|\ Salaam Alaikum The following was kindly provided by Shaykh Muhawesh. wa salaam Mustafa F Acting Moderator, 'Aalim Network ----------------------------------------- QUESTION: Saalam Alikum My question is regarding the association of objects or beings with God. In what ways do muslims do shirk? Because at times we don't really know that we are doing it. For example watching television when it is time to pray.. is that a form of Shirk? Please reply at your soonest. Jazakallah May Allah (s.w.a) be with you. --- ANSWER: Wa-alaikum as-salam, Shirk takes many forms. Imam Ali A.S. was quoted as saying that Shirk is as deceiving as the walking of an ant on a rock in the middle of a dark night. The main premise to watch for is your heart & intentions. If you watch TV when it is time for prayers, then this would be Shirk if your intention is that of giving glory to TV as a powerful deity that does actually have control over some or all of your affairs with Allah. If your intention is that you are too lazy to get up and pray now but you know that Allah is the only God and that TV is just a distraction, then indeed you are obeying Satan but not making Shirk. Shirk is elusive and the only way to keep it away from you is to watch your intentions. Allah knows best & may He protect us from Shirk & Satan.