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Believing in Intercession (Shafaa’at in Arabic) is Idolatry

Introduction

Millions of Christians believe that Jesus will intercede for them at God on the Day of Judgment to forgive and admit them into Paradise while millions of Muslims believe that Muhammad will intercede for them to do the same on that day either. Thus, these people idolize Jesus and Muhammad, even though God has informed us through the Quran that they do not possess any power to intercede (43:86). In fact, intercession is one of Satan’s most effective tricks to dupe millions of people into idol worship as the Quran proclaims that “All intercession belongs to God” (39:44), and there will be “no intercession on the Day of Judgment” (2:254). We also see a few verses in the Quran that inform us that there would be intercession which will not be accepted unless it coincides with God’s will or it would be useless (2:123, 2:255, 20:109, 34:25, 43:86).

God’s Control over all Things

The Quran strongly states that nothing is coincidental or superstitious about our lives. This understanding is directly based on many verses in the Quran which describe that God is in total control of all creatures in this Universe as He is not tired or overburdened to take care of His kingdom. Thus, anything that happens to anyone of us is ultimately controlled by God Almighty. The following are a few of such verses which depict God’s control over all things:
[3:109] To God belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth, and all matters are controlled by God.
[6:59] … Not a leaf falls without His knowledge. Nor is there a grain in the depths of the soil. Nor is there anything wet or dry, that is not in a clear record.
[10:61] You do not get into any situation, nor do you recite any Quran, nor do you do anything, without us being witness thereof as you do it. Not even an atom’s weight is out of your Lord’s control, be it in the heavens or the earth. Nor is there anything smaller than an atom, or larger, that is not in a clear record.
[35:11] … No female becomes pregnant, nor gives birth, without His knowledge. No one survives for a long life, and no one’s life is snapped short, except in accordance with a pre-existing record. This is easy for GOD.
[41:47] No fruits emerge from their sheaths, nor does any female conceive or give birth, without His knowledge.

Since God is in total control, it could only mean: firstly, our lives are not coincidental. Words like chance and luck are void and meaningless. Secondly, nobody other than God can give us joy or unhappiness, therefore there is no reason to be superstitious. The following verse also gives meaning to our lives:
[42:30] Anything bad that happens to you is a consequence of your own deeds, and He overlooks many (of your sins).
Note: Some people may object to this verse. They might say if God is Most Gracious and Merciful, and He is also in total control, why then does He give unhappiness to some. Obviously these people are not aware of God’s system.

God indeed, is Most Gracious and Merciful, because He created for us all the nice things which surround us, and provided us with shelter and provisions. However, we are indeed responsible for our own day to day lives.

Idol worship

The concept of idol worship by the majority is someone who is praying to a statue. While this is true just a tip of the iceberg but idolatry covers a very wide area. The Quran informs us of different idols. One of the most subtle and common idols today is the saints and prophets. We have heard about Jesus being idol worshipped by the Christians, but have we considered the fact that today’s Muslims are idolizing Prophet Muhammad? Let us first refer to the verse where God explains that His servants cannot be set up as idols:
[18:102] Do those who disbelieve think that they can get away with setting up My servants as gods beside Me? We have prepared for the disbelievers Hell as an eternal abode.

Before we can prove the fact that idolizing of Muhammad is common today, let us find out what the prophet would think of us idolizing him:
[3:79-80] Never would a human being whom God blessed with the scripture and prophethood say to the people, “Idolize me beside God.” Instead, (he would say), “Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone,” according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn. Nor would he command you to idolize the angels and the prophets as lords. Would he exhort you to disbelieve after becoming submitters?
Note: It is quite clear from the above verses that Prophet Muhammad would never ask us to idolize him, and the people who do this are disbelievers according to the verses mentioned above.

If we are honest, we should ask ourselves whether we are idolizing the prophet or not. If we think that the prophet can bring us closer to God, or he can benefit or harm us, then according to the following verse we are idolizing him:
[39:3] Absolutely, the religion shall be devoted to God alone. Those who set up idols beside Him say, “We idolize them only to bring us closer to God; for they are in a better position !” God will judge them regarding their disputes. God does not guide such liars, disbelievers.

God also condemns their action who thinks that the prophet brings them closer to Him and calls the people who do this are disbelievers. God Almighty does not need the help of Jesus, Muhammad or anybody to approach Him as He clearly says in the Quran that He is always near believers, guides them and provides them with perfect security:
[2:186] When My servants ask you about Me, I am always near. I answer their prayers when they pray to Me. The people shall respond to Me and believe in Me, in order to be guided.
[6:82] Those who believe, and do not pollute their belief with idol worship, have deserved the perfect security, and they are truly guided.

Intercession

The concept of intercession is utterly illogical. Those who believe in Muhammad’s intercession claim that he will ask God to forgive them and admit them into Paradise. They imagine Muhammad on the Day of Judgment choosing the candidates for his intercession. If you ask those who believe in intercession: “How will Muhammad recognize those who deserve his intercession?” they tell you, “God will tell him!” According to this concept, a person will go to Muhammad and request his intercession. Muhammad will then ask God whether this person deserves his intercession or not. God will inform Muhammad that the person deserves to go to Paradise. Muhammad will then turn around and tell God that the person deserves to go to Paradise! The blasphemy is obvious; those who believe in intercession make God a secretary of their idol Muhammad. God be glorified. As such, intercession is not acceptable as it is blasphemous and does not make any sense as we all will appear before God on the Day of Resurrection as individuals (19:95). Now let us learn more from the Quran what God has taught us about the intercession to eliminate any doubt from our hearts.

All intercession on the Day of Judgment belongs to God. There will be no trade, no nepotism and no intercession on that day. Moreover, no ransom can be paid nor any other help from any other soul will be acceptable to Him:
[39:44] Say, “All intercession belongs to GOD.” To Him belongs all sovereignty of the heavens and the earth, then to Him you will be returned.
[2:254] O you who believe, you shall give to charity from the provisions we have given to you, before a day comes where there is no trade, no nepotism, and no intercession. The disbelievers are the unjust.
[2:48] “Beware of the day when no soul can avail another soul, no intercession will be accepted, no ransom can be paid, nor can anyone be helped.”

No prophets will intercede on behalf of anyone on the Day of Judgment (21:28 – The Prophets), even Abraham could not intercede on behalf of his own father (9:113-114), Noah could not intercede on behalf of his son (11:45-46) and Muhammad could not intercede on behalf of his uncle (111:1-3) or relatives (9:80):
[21:28] He knows their future and their past. They do not intercede, except for those already accepted by Him, and they are worried about their own necks.
[9:113-114] “Neither the prophet, nor those who believe shall ask forgiveness for the idol worshipers, even if they were their nearest of kin, once they realize that they are destined for Hell. The only reason Abraham asked forgiveness for his father was that he had promised him to do so. But as soon as he realized that he was an enemy of God, he disowned him. Abraham was extremely kind, clement.
[11:45-46] “Noah implored his Lord: “My Lord, my son is a member of my family, and Your promise is the truth. You are the wisest of the wise.” He said, “O Noah, he is not of your family. It is unrighteous to ask Me for something you do not know. I enlighten you, lest you be like the ignorant.”
[111:1-3] “Condemned are the works of Abee Lahab, and he is condemned. His money and whatever he has accomplished will never help him. He has incurred the blazing Hell.”
[9:80] “Whether you ask forgiveness for them, or do not ask forgiveness for them, even if you ask forgiveness for them seventy times God will not forgive them. This is because they disbelieve in God and His messenger. God does not guide the wicked people.”

If Prophet Muhammad could not intercede on behalf of his uncle or relatives, what makes those who idolize him against his will and believe that Muhammad will lead them to heaven? On the contrary, Muhammad will turn down most of his followers on the Day of Resurrection for idolizing him against his will:
[41:6] Say, “I am no more than a human being like you, who has been inspired that your god is one god. You shall be devoted to Him, and ask His forgiveness. Woe to the idol worshipers.”

Muhammad himself did not know what would happen to him on the Day of Recompense. So how would he know what will happen to his so-called followers?
[46:9] Say, “I am not different from other messengers. I have no idea what will happen to me or to you. I only follow what is revealed to me. I am no more than a just warner.”

The Quran also teaches us that Muhammad will not intercede rather he will complain to God on the Day of Judgment that my people deserted the Quran:
[25:30] The messenger said, “My Lord, my people have deserted this Quran.”

Although it is clear from the Quran that there is no intercession on the Day of Judgment as believed by a vast majority of Muslims but there is also indication in a few verses of the Quran that there would be intercession which should not be interpreted to be the intercession of the prophet. However, the following are a few of such verses which state such intercession:
[2:123] “Beware of the day when no soul will help another soul, no ransom will be accepted, no intercession will be useful, and no one will be helped.”
[2:255] … To Him belongs everything in the heavens and everything on earth. Who could intercede with Him, except in accordance with His will? He knows their past, and their future. …
[20:109] On that day, intercession will be useless, except for those permitted by the Most Gracious, and whose utterances conform to His will.
[34:23] Intercession with Him will be in vain, unless it coincides with His will. …
[43:86] None of those whom they idolize beside Him possess any power to intercede, unless their intercession coincides with the truth, and they fully know.

Note: The above verses inform us that everyone in Paradise will intercede on behalf of his or her loved ones: for example, “Please God, admit my mother into Paradise.” This intercession will work if the person’s mother deserves to go to Paradise. Thus, intercession, though it would take place in this manner, is utterly useless. Such intercession should neither be a contradiction nor an ambiguity as God has confirmed us that there is no contradiction or ambiguity in His book as mentioned in the verses 4:82 & 39:28 respectively.

Conclusion

We all will stand before God on the Day of Judgment as individuals (19:95), and all judgment and intercession will belong with Him on that day.Thus, the idolizing of Muhammad in various ways and manner including his power of intercession on that day are Satanic tricks falling the traditional Muslims in the trap of idol worship despite the clear warning given us in the Quran that the majority of believers in God do not do so without committing idol worship (12:106). Muhammad will not intercede rather he will complain to God on the Day of Judgment that my people deserted the Quran (25:30). Since God Almighty does not need the help of Jesus, Muhammad or anybody else in any matter as He is in full control of everything (2:255), and He condemns those who think that they can be getting closer to Him through Muhammad (2:186 & 6:82), then it is better for us to stop thinking or doing this and devote our worship to God alone to be successful in the Hereafter.
Peaceful Friday, salaam and God bless.
Tafazzal (3/27/2015)

References
1. “The Myth of Intercession” by Rashad Khalifa posted in the http://submission.org.
2. “Idolatry or Submission” by Ijaz Chaudry posted in July 1991 Submitters Perspective published by Masjid Tucson at http://masjidtucson.org.