Did any sect/denomination ascribe divinity to a person in the history of Islam ? If yes, what sect/denomination and who was the person? Also what were their basis for that ?

  • Divinity as in Godliness? Several sub-sects within Shias and Sunnis do that to Mohammed and different Imams.
    – Sayyid
    Jun 3, 2016 at 23:34
  • Yes. As Godliness.
    – SpiderRico
    Jun 3, 2016 at 23:36

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Ascribing divinity to a person would be considered shirk (associating others with Allah), which is considered the worst sin, and implies disbelief in Islam.

Indeed, Allah does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives what is less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin.
Qur'an 4:48

It would violate tawheed (the oneness of God), part of the shahada, the first pillar of Islam. You can almost flick to a random page in the Qur'an and find warnings about not committing shirk.

If a group ascribed divinity to a person, it would not be recognized as an Islamic group.

  • Well what you say is not wrong but I still wonder if there are some self-described muslim communities that ascribe divinity to certain persons. I'm aware that they won't be considered as muslims from an orthodox point of view.
    – SpiderRico
    Mar 16, 2020 at 3:14

Some Shiaa sects regard Ali as divine and the Qadiani also regard their leader Mirza Ghulam as a divine blessing

  • Some more elaboration and evidences please ... see How to Answer.
    – Medi1Saif
    Jul 28, 2016 at 9:53
  • its an ideology, there's no book!
    – Maestro
    Jul 28, 2016 at 12:34

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