PART 1 :Shirk: associating partners in worship with Allaah
Praise be to Allaah; we praise Him and seek His help and forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allaah from the evil of our own souls and from our evil deeds. Whomever Allaah guides will never be led astray, and whomever Allaah leaves astray, no-one will guide. I bear witness that there is no god but Allaah Alone, with no partners or associates, and I
bear witness that Muhammad is His Slave and Messenger.
Shirk – associating partners with Allaah
This is the most serious of all prohibitions, according to the hadeeth narrated by AbuBakrah, who said: “The Messenger of Allaah (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him)
said: ‘Shall I not tell you of the most serious of the major sins?’ three times. We said, ‘Ofcourse, O Messenger of Allaah!’ He said, ‘Associating anything in worship with Allaah . ..’” (Agreed upon; see al-Bukhaari, no. 2511, al-Bagha edition).
Every other sin may be forgiven by Allaah, apart from shirk, which requires specific repentance, as Allaah says (interpretation of the meaning): “Verily, Allaah forgives not that partners should be set up with Him in worship, but He forgives except that (anything else) to whom He pleases . . .” [al-Nisaa’ 4:48]