The falsehood of those who worship the [dead in the] graves, and the likes, can be seen in that they believe laa ilaaha illallaah merely implies the affirmation that Allaah exists, or that He is the Creator and the One Who has the ability to originate or other similar beliefs; or that it just means judgment and sovereignty (haakimiyyah) belongs solely to Allaah. They think that whoever holds such beliefs and explains laa ilaaha illallaah in this manner, then they have reached the absolute truth of tawheed - even if they do what they do as regards worshipping others along with Allaah, or believe in [directing worship to] the dead; drawing closer to them by offering sacrifices to them; making vows to them; ritually walking around and circumambulating (tawaaf] their graves and seeking Divine blessings (tabarruk) from the earth around them! These people are unaware that even the unbelieving Arabs held these beliefs, and that they acknowledged and affirmed that Allaah was the Creator Who has the ability to originate. They claimed that they worshiped others along with Him because these [other deities] would bring them closer to Allaah; they did not believe that [these deities] were the actual ones who created, or were the providers of sustenance.
So [the fact that] judgment belongs solely to Allaah (haakimiyyah) is only a part of the overall meaning of laa ilaaha illallaah, it is not the main implication of it. Thus it is not enough to judge by the Prescribed Laws of Allaah (sharee’ah) in matters concerning rights, prescribed punishments (hudood) and disputes, whilst neglecting the existence of shirk in the very worship of Allaah itself! If the meaning of laa ilaaha illallaah was as these people claimed, then there would have been no dispute between the Messenger sallallahu alaihi wasallam and between the mushrikoon, those who worshiped idols and others along with Allaah. Indeed, if the Messenger sallallahu alaihi wasallam had just asked them to affirm that Allaah is the One Who has the ability to originate and create, or to affirm that Allaah exists, or if he asked them to judge in accordance with Allaah’s Prescribed Laws concerning issues of blood, property and rights - whilst remaining silent about the issue of [singling out Allaah alone with] worship - then they would have hastened in responding to the Messenger sallallahu alaihi wasallam. However, they were a people who understood the Arabic language, and therefore they clearly understood that if they were to say laa ilaaha illallaah, they would be affirming the falsity of worshipping idols and that this kalimah was not a mere phrase devoid of meaning. This is why a group of them said:
“Has he made all the deities into a single Deity to be worshiped. Indeed, this is something very peculiar!” ]Soorah Saad 38:5].
And Allaah said about them: “When it is said to them: Say laa ilaaha illallaah, they puff themselves up with pride. And they say: Are we to abandon our deities that we worship, because of a mad poet?”
[Soorat as-Saafaat 37:35-36].
Allaah, and that they would have to single out Allaah alone with worship, and that if they said it and continued worshipping idols then they would be contradicting themselves; so they refrained from this contradiction. However, the present-day grave-worshippers do not refrain from this hideous contradiction.
They say laa ilaaha iilallaah yet they contradict it by worshipping the dead and drawing closer to their shrines by directing various acts of worship to them. So woe be to those who have less knowledge concerning the [true] meaning of laa ilaaha illallaah than even Aboo Jahl and Aboo Lahab!