Let us take a look at polygamy and the hidden truths of shirk. Most people do not know what shirk is, let alone its hidden truths. It’s important to have a clear understanding of what it is. Shirk is to make someone or something equal to Allah or to give Allah a partner. Doing so is an unforgivable sin.
“Allah forgiveth not (The sin of) joining other gods with Him; but He forgiveth whom He pleaseth other sins than this: one who joins other gods with Allah, Hath strayed far, far away (from the right).” Quran: Surah 4, Ayah 116
To further understand shirk, one must understand desires. A desire can become a person’s lord. Specifically, a person may live to satisfy a desire, which is a sin.
When a person puts someone else wants or desires above what Allah tells us and instructs us in the Holy Quran, the person commits “shirk.” She commits shirk when she puts her own wants or desires before Allah, as well. She has made her own wants and desires or those of someone else more important than obeying Allah. She has made herself or someone else or something else a lord.
A thing to know about polygamy and the hidden truths of shirk is that some people make their spouses their lord
In a polygamous marriage, the husband may have deprived the other wife of her rights. He may have done it trying to please another wife. The wife whom he tries to please has become the man’s lord. She’s his lord because he deprived another wife of her rights on behalf of the other wife.
In trying to please a spouse, a husband or a wife may neglect his or her duties to Allah. For instance, he may neglect worship of Allah by trying to conform to his wife’s way of life. Perhaps her way isn’t Islam. A husband may have married a person whom Allah tells us not to marry. Additionally, he may have married a person for a wrong reason such as “lust.” Consequently, he may abandon his prescribed acts of worship, such as the salat (5 daily prayers). He may eat haram foods or not fast the Holy Month of Ramadan.
Another thing about polygamy and the hidden truths of shirk is that the person has many lords
If the husband married a woman to satisfy his lust, he has made himself his lord. He has made lust his lord and has made the woman his lord, as well. It is shirk to have any lord other than Allah.
Allah, in the Holy Quran, states: “And he said: “For you, ye have taken (for worship) idols besides Allah, out of mutual love and regard between yourselves in this life; but on the Day of Judgment ye shall disown each other and curse each other: and your abode will be the Fire, and ye shall have none to help.” Quran: Surah 29, ayah 25
The above ayah lets us know that one could commit shirk with regard to another human being. A woman should make Allah, not her husband, her priority. In pleasing Allah, her husband will become pleased, if Allah deems the husband worthy of the blessing or benefit. Allah decides who gets what, when and how.
One other important point about polygamy and the hidden truths of shirk is that some people think they do good deeds, but the deeds are fruitless
If a person does a good deed, seeking the good pleasure of Allah, Allah will reward the person for the deed. When a person does a deed to seek to please another person, the deed is worthless. If she does a deed while not aware of Allah, it’s worthless, as well. It’s worthless, as she did not do the deed seeking the good pleasure of Allah. She did it to seek her own pleasure or that of someone else.
Allah says: “But it has already been revealed to thee – as it was to those before thee -“If thou wert to join (gods with Allah), truly fruitless will be thy work (in life), and thou wilt surely be in the ranks of those who lose (all spiritual good)”. Quran: Surah 39, ayah 65
One needs to have Allah on her mind while doing an act if she wants it to count as a good deed. Allah tells us that remembrance of Him is the greatest thing in life without doubt. Hence, we should remember Him while doing all things.
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