Bismillaah, as-Salaatu was-Salaam ‘ala Rasulullaah
Shirk, or Polytheism, in Islaam is defined as giving the Rights of Allaah Ta’ala to another object. It literally means not singling out or adding to something [ ‘Sha Ra Ka’ – Mu’jam Maqaais al-Lughah Vol 3].
Allaah Ta’ala said
فلا تجعلوا لله أندادا وأنتم تعلمون
“…Then do not set up rivals (andaad) to Allaah while you know”
Therefore, it is to set up rivals, likeness or equals to Allaah Ta’ala in any way.
The Jews cunningly try to pass themselves as being followers of Ibraheem alayhis salaam, being upon the monotheistic way of life. Allaah Ta’ala has refuted this claim of theirs over and over again in the Qur’aan. In Surah al-Baqarah, Allaah Ta’ala said
ما كان إبراهيم يهوديّا ولا نصرانيّا ولكن كان حنيفا مسلما وما كان من المشركين
Abraham was not a Jew nor a Christian, but he was a true Muslim Hanifa and he was not from the polytheists
And they say, “Be Jews or Christians, then you will be guided.” Say, “Nay, (We follow) only the religion of Abraham, Hanifa, and he was not of the polytheists
If one looks through the Jewish scriptures, even inattentively, the numerous polytheistic, anthropomorphic and theomorphic verses become quite apparent. In Genesis 1:26, it is said
וַיֹּאמֶר אֱלֹהִים, נַעֲשֶׂה אָדָם בְּצַלְמֵנוּ כִּדְמוּתֵנוּ; וְיִרְדּוּ בִדְגַת הַיָּם וּבְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם, וּבַבְּהֵמָה וּבְכָל-הָאָרֶץ, וּבְכָל-הָרֶמֶשׂ, הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל-הָאָרֶץ.
And God said: ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.’
This verse in the Torah represents one of the first instances into the gross heresy of the Jewish teachings. It states “ka shibhina” meaning “in our likeness” implying that the form of the creatures is similar to the form of the Creator.
And in Genesis 6:1-4
וַיְהִי כִּי-הֵחֵל הָאָדָם, לָרֹב עַל-פְּנֵי הָאֲדָמָה; וּבָנוֹת, יֻלְּדוּ לָהֶם.
וַיִּרְאוּ בְנֵי-הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת-בְּנוֹת הָאָדָם, כִּי טֹבֹת הֵנָּה; וַיִּקְחוּ לָהֶם נָשִׁים, מִכֹּל אֲשֶׁר בָּחָרוּ.
וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה, לֹא-יָדוֹן רוּחִי בָאָדָם לְעֹלָם, בְּשַׁגַּם, הוּא בָשָׂר; וְהָיוּ יָמָיו, מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים שָׁנָה.
הַנְּפִלִים הָיוּ בָאָרֶץ, בַּיָּמִים הָהֵם, וְגַם אַחֲרֵי-כֵן אֲשֶׁר יָבֹאוּ בְּנֵי הָאֱלֹהִים אֶל-בְּנוֹת הָאָדָם, וְיָלְדוּ לָהֶם: הֵמָּה הַגִּבֹּרִים אֲשֶׁר מֵעוֹלָם, אַנְשֵׁי הַשֵּׁם.
And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, that the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives, whomsoever they chose. And the LORD said: ‘My spirit shall not abide in man for ever, for that he also is flesh; therefore shall his days be a hundred and twenty years.’ The Nephilim were in the earth in those days, and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bore children to them; the same were the mighty men that were of old, the men of renown.
Many may claim the language to be figurative. Saying that the ‘sons of God’ or gods as angels and celestial bodies. However, this does not solve the apparent heretical belief within the verse.
Again in Genesis 3:22
וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוָה אֱלֹהִים, הֵן הָאָדָם הָיָה כְּאַחַד מִמֶּנּוּ, לָדַעַת, טוֹב וָרָע; וְעַתָּה פֶּן-יִשְׁלַח יָדוֹ, וְלָקַח גַּם מֵעֵץ הַחַיִּים, וְאָכַל, וָחַי לְעֹלָם.
And the LORD God said: ‘Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever.’
Also, the outrageous kind of Trinity represented in Genesis 18:1-3 while discussing the three visitors to Abraham
וַיֵּרָא אֵלָיו יְהוָה, בְּאֵלֹנֵי מַמְרֵא; וְהוּא יֹשֵׁב פֶּתַח-הָאֹהֶל, כְּחֹם הַיּוֹם
And the LORD appeared unto him by the terebinths of Mamre, as he sat in the tent door in the heat of the day
This addresses three as one, as the Lord appearing, contradicting the other verses mentioning three separate angelic guests. And further
וַיִּשָּׂא עֵינָיו, וַיַּרְא, וְהִנֵּה שְׁלֹשָׁה אֲנָשִׁים, נִצָּבִים עָלָיו; וַיַּרְא, וַיָּרָץ לִקְרָאתָם מִפֶּתַח הָאֹהֶל, וַיִּשְׁתַּחוּ, אָרְצָה
וַיֹּאמַר: אֲדֹנָי, אִם-נָא מָצָאתִי חֵן בְּעֵינֶיךָ–אַל-נָא תַעֲבֹר, מֵעַל עַבְדֶּךָ.
and he lifted up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood over against him; and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed down to the earth, and said: ‘My lord, if now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee, from thy servant.
Abrahams bowing down before them and saying ‘My lord’ is equivalent to committing polytheism. No matter how one interprets these verses, whether they were humans, angels as humans, or one Lord appearing as three, does not clear away the polytheism.
It should be mentioned that these verses are used as support by the Christians for their doctrine of Trinity.
Genesis 18:8 states
וַיִּקַּח חֶמְאָה וְחָלָב, וּבֶן-הַבָּקָר אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה, וַיִּתֵּן, לִפְנֵיהֶם; וְהוּא-עֹמֵד עֲלֵיהֶם תַּחַת הָעֵץ, וַיֹּאכֵלוּ
And he took curd, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it before them; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.
A practice many Rabbis see as prohibited.
Further more shocking statements also occur in Exodus 4:22-23
וְאָמַרְתָּ, אֶל-פַּרְעֹה: כֹּה אָמַר יְהוָה, בְּנִי בְכֹרִי יִשְׂרָאֵל
וָאֹמַר אֵלֶיךָ, שַׁלַּח אֶת-בְּנִי וְיַעַבְדֵנִי, וַתְּמָאֵן, לְשַׁלְּחוֹ–הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי הֹרֵג, אֶת-בִּנְךָ בְּכֹרֶךָ
And thou shalt say unto Pharaoh: Thus saith the LORD: Israel is My son, My first-born. And I have said unto thee: Let My son go, that he may serve Me; and thou hast refused to let him go. Behold, I will slay thy son, thy first-born.’
One wonders on what grounds do the Jews have the audacity to denounce Christians and their invention of Trinity, while the very Torah speaks of their Lord saying ‘Israel is my son’
The major crooked and gross beliefs the Christian religion consists of, were pioneered by their Jewish counterparts.
(To be continued inshAllaah)