Excerpt: Ibrāhīm (عليه االسلام) debated with Nimrūd who claimed that if Allāh is one who controls life and death, then he himself is a deity who deserves obedience because he also controls life and death... Imām al-Saʿdī (رحمه الله) mentions, citing Ibn al-Qayyim (رحمه الله), that in this verse is a refutation of the two types of origin points for all the shirk (associationism) in the world. The first is the worship of the righteous dead, leading to grave worship and idolatry. And the second is the veneration and worship of the celestial bodies, the sun, moon and stars. Download full article: PDF (6 pages)
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