You commit shirk if you believe that someone other than Allah has power. Or if you just say it but not believe it.

For e.g.: If a person has always believed in tauheed and knows that Allah has created him but commits an act which is shirk has he committed shirk?


Depends on what the act is, but generally if even the act is an act of shirk then yes, it can be classified as shirk, but a different type (there are different types of shirk, some bigger than others). Because i dont know what it is that you did, i cant really judge, but on this note i'd also like to say that Rasul Allah (SAW) said "Actions are according to intentions, and everyone will get what was intended. Whoever migrates with an intention for Allah and His messenger, the migration will be for the sake of Allah and his Messenger. And whoever migrates for worldly gain or to marry a woman, then his migration will be for the sake of whatever he migrated for." (related by both Muslim and Bukhari).


Bismillah. Alhamdulillah. Wassalatu wassalamu A'la Rasoolillah. Ama ba'd

What is shirk in Islam?

Look at my answer for this ^ for a detailed discussion of what SHIRK ACTUALLY is

Briefly, however, know, SHIRK is giving the right of Allah to someone else and it i.e. Shirk Akbar is a nullifier of Islam.

With the one who commits Shirk Akbar there is no difference whether he is Jaad (Serious), Haazil (Joking) or Kha-if (Fearful(of what shouldn't be feared))

There is however one exception i.e. compulsion

Five conditions must be fufiled however:

  1. He must ACTUALLY be forced
  2. the individual doesn't go over board with the nullifier e.g. forced to prostrate to idol don't start glorifying or kissing the idol etc.
  3. Resist as much as you can before you have to actually do it and do as least as you have to e.g. forced to do sujud to grave to half a sujud or less
  4. Your heart is filled with Iman at that time i.e. not pleased with this Kufr
  5. This act doesn't harm others

What do i mean by harm?

Imagine you yourself a layman held at gunpoint to do sujud to a grave as a layman you are allowed to do this.

Imagine now the most knowledgeable (actually knowledgeable) scholar you know - for them to make sujud is impermissible and for them to take the gun is better.


Because, they are in a position of authority. Let's say perhaps the scholar does said action and they kill him anyway. People might find it okay to do that action as the scholar etc. did it (stupid reasoning they have but it happens). this harms the people as they may copy the action of Shirk willingly believing it to be good.

With the one who is ignorant it is not a black and white answer however... so dont be ignoarnat.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EYMHRhiOCws - short vid what Shaykh saleh al fawzan says about ignorance

Insha Allah that helped!

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