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For example, let's say I had a friend who is really good at fighting (or any sort of combat). If I say that he is "a god of war" as a show of respect, is that shirk? I'm not actually saying that he's God, I'm just emphasizing how good he is at fighting.

Another example, if a muslim man was trying to appreciate the beauty of his wife so he calls her a "goddess of beauty", is he committing shirk? Or if he said something like "She is my goddess" just to emphasize how much he respects her, is that shirk?

Also, in medieval England, some high ranking people used to be called "Lord". Is that shirk?

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    It probably depends on your intention. When you call your friend "God of War" you don't actually believe he is a deity that deserves worshiping, right ? – SpiderRico Jun 13 '16 at 19:48
  • Exactly. I'm not saying he is an actual god. I'm just saying he's a very good fighter. – user16329 Jun 14 '16 at 21:41
  • As @SpiderRico mentioned, I'd say it depends on the intention. The word "rabb" for instance, which normally is translated to "Lord" is for instance used by Prophet Yousef: { إنَّهُ رَبّـي أحْسَنَ مَثْوَايَ } يقول: إن صاحبك وزوجك سيدي – Kilise May 26 '17 at 8:40
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No, it is not permissible to call someone a “god”, “goddess” or “lord”. Because, this would lead you to commit shirk, and you will be punished very sever by God Almighty.

Here is how and why it is haram to respect someone by saying “god” or “goddess” to this person.

Umar ibn Al-Khattab reported: The Messenger of God, peace and blessings be upon him, said, “Do not exaggerate my praises as the Christians have done with the son of Mary. Verily, I am only a servant, so refer to me as the servant of God and his messenger.”


They have certainly disbelieved who say, “God is the Messiah, the son of Mary” while the Messiah has said, “O Children of Israel, worship God, my Lord and your Lord.” Indeed, he who associates others with God – God has forbidden him Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the wrongdoers any helpers.” [Sural Ma’idah, Al-Qur’an 5:72]

So this means, that if you do call someone as goddess as a respect, then you do same as the Christians do. And God Says:

”Whoever dies associating anything or anybody with Me, then he/ she will drive you to Hell and you shall stay there forever and ever.”

And here it means, that if you do call someone as god or goddess, then you have committed shirk and it is to be punished.

”Verily, I am God! None has the right to be worshipped but I, so worship Me, and perform al-Salaah [prayer] for My Remembrance.” [Ta-Ha 20:14]

This means, you can respect only your Lord by saying God, bow to Him and worship Him alone, only to Him you can worship, and no one else.

And also, God Almighty Says:

Say, "He is God , [who is] One, God , the Eternal Refuge. He neither begets nor is born, Nor is there to Him any equivalent." [Surah al Iklaas]

So here it means, that God has no gender, but if you call someone “goddess” or “god”, then you have committed a disbelief because, you have added a gender to God, and that is not correct at all.

You can call “lord” as long as you don’t associate with Lord God, the Lord of the worlds. If you say: “I am your Lord” with capital “L”, then you have committed shirk, and if day with with small letter “l” such as: “I am your lord”, then it is ok to use it. But the word “lord” it is a noble rank used by usually by Britains.

Conclusion: you cannot say to this person as a respect you look like a “goddess” or “god” because it is shirk, and shirk is unforgivable sin, and it is an exaggeration. If you want to respect someone say: “masha’Allah” or “wow, you are a good person” or “may God reward you with good” and so on. But, do not bow to someone other than God as a form of respect, because it is a major sin, and you can only bow to one God, the Creator, who is your Lord, the one who Made you.

Hope it helps.

And God knows best.

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This is shirk! Dont ever call anyone but ALLAH by ALLAH's names or attributes.

If your friend is good at something like basketball or tennis ect. say MashALLAH TabarakALLAH, you are very good at playing ball ect.

And ALLAH knows best.

My ALLAH save us against shirk. amin

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Actually in Islam there is difference between God and Allah. Allah is the only God for pray, but God is a general word. And if you use it in the meaning of God it's not shirk but it's better to don't use it. if you use it in the meaning of Allah it is completely Shirk.

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