What is shirk?

Answered according to Hanafi Fiqh by Muftionline.co.za

Q: Please clarify what is shirk for me. I know Allah is alone he has no partners. Whatever happenes to us comes from Allah. He is alone worthy of worship Allah has no partners. When I do a sin I feel bad and I know it is a sin and I do taubah. Looking at the phone at pictures I do taubah. I know its a sin. Is it shirk to look at pictures?


A: Shirk means to ascribe partners to Allah Ta’ala in His being or in His attributes. Through committing shirk one comes out of the fold of Islam. By committing a haraam act which one believes is haraam, one will be sinful for committing the sin. However, this will not constitute shirk and one will not come out of the fold of Islam.

And Allah Ta’ala (الله تعالى) knows best.


Answered by:

Mufti Zakaria Makada

Checked & Approved:

Mufti Ebrahim Salejee (Isipingo Beach)