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They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah , and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him. -- Qur'an 9:31

They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah? Have the Christians and Jews believed in the divinity of their priest, pastors, monks etc. beside Allah? Do we see them worshiping Saints aside from Allah? if no then what does the verse imply, since AFAIK they seem to only worship a trinitarian belief and/or monotheistic belief?

  • They forgot Jesus Alayhisssalam(Peace be upon him) and turned to the version of Paul. In any way no Human not even Prophets equate to Allah, The verse implies that you should not do it as was done by the followers of earlier prophets – user9301 Jan 20 '15 at 15:47
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It is true that none of the Jews and Christians prostrate themselves before their rabbis and priests. They didn't worship them nor performed any prayers for them, as God is usually worshiped. But they followed and obeyed them so unconditionally, blindly and unquestionably that one cannot deny that they actually worshiped their rabbis and priests. Particularly performing papal orders that are in direct contradiction to the commandments of God and His Laws is considered worshiping other than God, and ascribing partners to the only one God.

According to our Holy Book Quran no one is ever allowed to obey another one unconditionally, and if they do, they have adhered to some kind of idolatry in which man has taken the place of idol! Principally, this sort of idolatry in which the idol has given its place to a human, is more dangerous than the worship of images and idols who at least are inanimate and cannot drive their worshipers this way and that way.

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If scholars made something lawful unlawful and vice-versa they are acting like God. If they make an obligatory thing non-obligatory then they are acting like God. So anyone who follows these scholars blindly in effect worshiping them as God.

What was the main mission of Jesus? Were the Jews of Israel at that time worshiping idols? No. They were following man-made rules.

  • do those people you refer to include the prophets and messengers personal opinions/interpertations? please back up your answer thanks – johan.i.zahri May 7 '14 at 3:06
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The great Qur'an says,

They have taken their scholars and monks as lords besides Allah, and [also] the Messiah, the son of Mary. And they were not commanded except to worship one God; there is no deity except Him. Exalted is He above whatever they associate with Him. http://tanzil.net/#9:31

Following a scholar should be in direction of obeying God.

When a believer (from any religion) see the scholars are teaching somethings that have conflict with clear and evident commands of God then they are worshiping that scholar instead of worshiping God.

For example divine books say God has no son. God is alone. But when a scholar comes and talks against this and says God has a son, when people accept him and follow him in fact they are worshiping him instead of God.

Currently, Christianity and Judaism have many laws against their original books. Their scholars keep original knowledge of books secret and feed the people their own interpretations.

This verse is not limited to Jews and Christians and applies to Muslims too. based on this verse:

Or do you think that you will enter Paradise while such [trial] has not yet come to you as came to those who passed on before you? They were touched by poverty and hardship and were shaken until [even their] messenger and those who believed with him said, "When is the help of Allah?" Unquestionably, the help of Allah is near. http://tanzil.net/#2:214

Based on this verse all things that happened for past nations (specially stories of Bani Israel mentioned in Quran) will happen for Muslims.


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QA: some people say according to verse 9:31 following the "Vilayat-e Faqih" is equal to Shirk. is it true?

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The best tafsir (explanation of verses) are the ones that can be found in the Quran itself, then the very next level is that can be found in the Hadith of the Prophet (PBUH). About this specific verse, I know of this important Hadith:

I came to the Prophet (PBUH) while I had a cross of gold around my neck. He said: 'O 'Adi! Remove this idol from yourself!' And I heard him reciting from Surah Bara'ah: They took their rabbis and monks as lords besides Allah (9:31). He said: 'As for them, they did not worship them, but when they made something lawful for them, they considered it lawful, and when they made something unlawful for them, they considered it unlawful.'

[Narrated through at-Tirmidhi, graded da'if by Darussalam]

Notice: 'Adi is 'Adi ibn Hatim, who was an Arab Christian at the time.

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