There A Connection Between Sin And Shirk - Associating
Partners With Almighty Allah?
Islamic Rulings -
Living Shariah Verdicts
Islamic Questions & Answers
commiting shirk by waxing my body and doing my
eyebrows because when you are waxing you are changing
the way Allah has made you but am I commiting shirk by
listening to song lyrics that are shirk or Kufr am I
commiting shirk? for example a song has the lyrics
'you are everything to me' everything includes god as
well so is this haram for me to listen to? am I
commiting shirk by listening to songs that have these
type of lyrics in them if I don’t actually sing along
with the lyrics I just listen to the song?.
Praise be to Allah.
One of the matters concerning which there can be no
doubt is that sins vary in degree, and that there is a
difference between sin and shirk. Changing the
creation of Allah by doing that which Allah has
forbidden in pursuit of beautification is undoubtedly
a haram action, and it is a major sin, but it is not
shirk or associating others with Allah in principle.
to al-namas, which means removing hair from the
eyebrows, there is a text which states that the one
who does it and the one to whom it is done are among
those who deserve to be cursed. See the answers to
questions no. 9037, 20108, 13744.
Surgeries that men and women have done to enlarge or
reduce any part of the body and change the creation of
Allah in pursuit of beautification are major sins. See
the answers to question no. 1006, 47694 and 24215.
Shirk or associating others with Allah is one of the
gravest and worst of sins, but not every sin is
Another indication of that is the fact that Islam
differentiates between shirk and sin in the same
context, and the conjunction indicates that there is a
It was narrated from Abu Hurairah that the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“Avoid the seven sins that doom a person to Hell.” It
was said: What are they, O Messenger of Allah? He
said: “Associating others with Allah (shirk);
witchcraft; killing a soul whom Allah has forbidden us
to kill, except in cases dictated by Islamic law;
consuming orphans’ wealth; consuming riba; fleeing
from the battlefield; and slandering chaste, innocent
Narrated by al-Bukhari (2615) and Muslim (89).
Sins and acts of disobedience are not major shirk at
all, but committing minor sins will soon cause a
person to dare to commit major sins, and major sins
will soon lead a person into shirk and its branches.
Hence one of the salaf said: Sin is the harbinger of
kufr, i.e., it leads to it. And some of the salaf
called it light shirk or minor shirk.
It was narrated that ‘Abd-Allah ibn Mas’ood (may Allah
be pleased with him) said: When the words
“It is those who believe (in the Oneness of Allah and
worship none but Him Alone) and confuse not their
Belief with Zulm (wrong)…”
[al-‘An’aam 6:82] were revealed, the companions of the
Messenger of Allah (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) were distressed by that and said: Who among
us has not wronged himself? The Messenger of Allah
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said:
“It is not as you think; rather it is shirk. Have you
not heard what Luqmaan said to his son when exhorting
him: ‘O my son! Join not in worship others with Allah.
Verily, joining others in worship with Allah is a
great Zulm (wrong) indeed’
Narrated by al-Bukhari (3246) and Muslim (124).
This hadith is a statement concerning this issue,
which is that sins do not constitute major shirk.
Al-Nawawi (may Allah have mercy on him) said:
This hadith contains a wealth of knowledge, such as
the fact that sins do not constitute kufr. Sharh
But sins, even if they do not constitute major shirk
that puts one beyond the pale of Islam, are still
branches of kufr and acts of the people of kufr.
Hence Imam al-Bukhari (may Allah have mercy on him)
said in Kitaab al-Imaan in his Saheeh:
Chapter: sins are the matter of Jahiliyyah, but the
sinner who commits them does not become a kaafir
except in the case of shirk, because the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said
“You are a man in whom there is some Jahiliyyah”
and Allah says (interpretation of the meaning):
“Verily, Allah forgives not that partners should be
set up with Him (in worship), but He forgives except
that (anything else) to whom He wills”
Shaykh al-Islam Ibn Taymiyah (may Allah have mercy on
If what the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be
upon him) meant in the words “rather it is shirk” was
major shirk, then what he meant was that the one who
is not one of the people of shirk is safe from the
threat of punishment in this world and in the
Hereafter that is issued to the mushrikeen, and he is
among the guided. But if what he meant is shirk in
general terms, then it may said: when a person wrongs
himself, such as withholding – because of his love of
wealth – and not doing some obligatory duties, this is
minor shirk; and loving that which Allah hates so that
he gives his whims and desires precedence over love of
Allah, this is minor shirk, and so on. The one who
does that has missed out on security and guidance
commensurate with the level of his shirk, hence the
salaf included sins in this wrongdoing.
Majmoo’ al-Fataawa (7/82).
To sum up:
Plucking the eyebrows or enlarging any part of the
body is not major shirk that puts one beyond the pale
of Islam, and there is no difference of opinion
concerning that among Ahl al-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa’ah.
But this does not mean that these matters should be
taken lightly; rather they are both undoubtedly haraam,
and some scholars even called such sins minor shirk or
light shirk, because the one who does them is giving
precedence to his whims and desires over Islamic
teachings, thus taking his whims and desires as a god,
and this sinner give precedence to what he loves even
though Allah hates it.
With regard to songs nowadays which include musical
instruments, there is no doubt that they are haraam
and there is no doubt that they have a negative effect
on people old and young, male and female, especially
those that are shown in videos and accompanied by
shameful scenes and indecency which offend every
more details on the ruling on this prohibition, please
see the answers to questions no. 43736, 5000 and
If the lyrics of these songs include phrases of shirk
then there is no doubt about the kufr of the one who
says them, whether it is the composer, the singer or
one who sings along, if he knows what they mean and
knows that these words are shirk. It does not benefit
him to say that this is singing, playing or joking.
With regard to the listener, if he listens to these
words and knows what shirk they contain, and approves
of it, then he is their partner in the sin of uttering
words of shirk.
Allah says (interpretation of the
“And it has already been revealed to you in the Book
(this Qur’an) that when you hear the Verses of Allah
being denied and mocked at, then sit not with them,
until they engage in a talk other than that; (but if
you stayed with them) certainly in that case you would
be like them. Surely, Allah will collect the
hypocrites and disbelievers all together in Hell”
Shaykh Ibn Sa’di (may Allah have mercy
on him) said:
i.e., Allah has explained to you, in that which He has
revealed to you, His shar’i ruling when attending
gatherings of kufr and sin: “that when you hear the
Verses of Allah being denied and mocked at” i.e.,
being taken lightly. This is the duty of every
accountable person with regard to the aayahs of Allah:
to believe in them and respect them and venerate them.
This is the purpose behind their revelation and this
is the purpose for which Allah created creation. The
opposite of faith is to disbelieve in them, and the
opposite of venerating them is to mock them and look
down on them. That also includes the arguments of the
kuffaar and hypocrites and their attempts to show that
the verses of Allah are false and to support their
That also includes attending gatherings of sin and
evildoing in which the commands and prohibitions of
Allah are mocked and the sacred limits that He has set
for His slaves are transgressed.
The limit of this prohibition on sitting with them is
“until they engage in a talk other than that” i.e.,
other than disbelief in the verses of Allah and
“certainly in that case” i.e., if you sit with them in
the case described above, “you would be like them”
i.e., because you have approved of their kufr and
mockery, and the one who approves of sin is like the
one who does it. Tafseer al-Sa’di (210).
With regard to the sentence mentioned in the question,
we do not think it is shirk, but it is the lies of
lovers. What it means is that the one who is loved is
dearer than anyone else, and that winning him or her
is more important than any other goal. We do not think
that when a person says or sings that it even crosses
his mind that Allah, may He be glorified, in included
in these general words.
But such words come under the heading of that which it
is not allowed to listen to or sing, for two reasons:
1 – Because they are words of love that provoke desire
and cause fitnah.
2 – Because they appear in songs that it is haraam to
listen to, because they are accompanied by musical
Shaykh Muhammad ibn Salih al-‘Uthaymeen
(may Allah have mercy on him) said:
What is meant here is haraam songs, which are based on
either of two things:
Either the subject matter of the songs is indecent, or
they are accompanied by haraam musical instruments.
This is the haraam song: either the subject matter is
indecent, such as describing women and beardless
youths, and alcohol, and so on, and this is haraam
because of the content of the words; or the subject
matter is not haraam in and of itself but if it is
accompanied by musical instruments then it becomes
haraam because of what is accompanying it. If it is
not accompanied by musical instruments then it is not
haraam, but if the songs are praising the gods of the
mushrikeen, this is haraam and is not permissible,
because this is worse than describing zina,
homosexuality and the like.
Al-Sharh al-Mumti’ (10/18)
And Allah knows best.