Ebad Allah Al-Mukhlaseen
(God’s pure servants)
By: A. Muhammad

In the very beginning, when God expelled Satan from Heaven, Satan made a vow to mislead all humans (except a few) and divert them from God's path saying:

He said "By your majesty, I will mislead them all, e
xcept ebadak minhum al-mukhlaseen." 38:82-83

The key words in the above verse are the words "ebadak minhum al-mukhlaseen."

1- The word
"ebadak"
means: your servants/worshippers.

2- The word
“al-mukhlaseen” comes from the word 'khalis' which means pure.

For example, the words 'dahab khalis' mean: pure gold.

The complete phrase "ebadak minhum al-mukhlaseen" thus means:
Those among them who are Your pure servants.
The importance of worshipping God purely is further emphasised in 39:2 and 39:3
In 39:2 we read the words:

We have brought down to you the Book truthfully, so worship God devoting the religion purely to Him. 39:2

Similarly, in 39:3 we read the words:
Absolutely, it is to God that the pure religion is due.

The question which arises from the above Quranic words is:

In what sense can the servants of God be called 'muhklaseen' (pure)?

The purity expressed in the above verses is not the purity of deeds or even character, for an atheist may be of fine character and may be charitable as a person, but is a purity that defines the connection between a human being and God.
This aspect of purity is enlightened in 39:2-3 as being the devotion of all one's religion to one name; the name of God. It follows that all religious practices must be observed to commemorate one name only, the name of God
:

Say, "My Salat, my worship practices, my life and my death, are all devoted to God, the Lord of the worlds. 6:162

What this means is that all the religious practises and rituals should be dedicated to the name of God alone. Starting from the shahada (testimony of faith) and including the Salat, the Hajj and so on.

Satring with the Shahada, we find it worded precisely in the Quran. In line with the instructions in 6:162, the Quranic Shahada has only one name, the name of God:
God bears witness that there is no god but He, and so do the angels and those who possess knowledge, upholding justice. There is no god but He, the Dignified, the Wise. 3:18
Besides the fact that God and the angels utter this Shahada, those who posses knowledge among the humans (and the jinn) also utter this Shahada (there is no god but God). No other names are found in the Quranic Shahada. As a result, if any other names are added to the only Shahada authorised by God in the Quran, it would be a violation of 6:162 and 39:2. For more details please see: The correct shahada

Similarly, the Salat must also be dedicated to the name of God alone:

I am God, there is no god but Me. Therefore, you shall worship Me and observe the Salat to commemorate Me. 20:14

Hajj is not any different. Throughout the Hajj rituals, the only name to be commemorated should be the name of God and no other name:

....... to witness some benefits for them and to commemorate God's name during the known days (of Hajj). 22:28

You shall commemorate God for a number of days.
2:203

When you disperse from 'Arafat' you shall commemorate God.
2:198

Then once you have completed your rituals, you shall commemorate God.
2:200

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On the other hand, Satan knew that it is an attribute of all humans to idolise other humans, and thus Satan inspired people to idolise Jesus, Mary, Muhammad, the Saints, Ali, Hussien and so on.

However, all these were mortals and no different from other humans. All the messengers and Prophets are true servants of God who never had any power to harm or benefit other people:

Say, "I posses no power to harm you, nor to guide you." 72:21

They were sent to the world only to deliver a message from God, but sadly each people have turned their messengers into idol figures. We are warned very clearly in the Quran not to idolise them or make them lords besides God:

Do those who disbelieve think that they can take My servants as allies beside Me? We have prepared Hell for the disbelievers as an abode. 18:102

To mislead people and lead them to associate partners with God (shirk), Satan inspired many corrupt doctrines for the people.

To the Christians, Satan inspired a number of false doctrines such as the 'Trinity', the 'son of god', 'god incarnate', 'salvation only through Jesus' and so on. By doing so, he succeeded in leading Christians to set up Jesus as a god besides God!

With Muslims Satan had to apply different tactics. Satan's ideology is always the same, but the names he chose to dupe Muslims had to be different from those inspired to the Christians. Satan knew that he could not make Muslims think of Muhammad as a god besides God simply because the Quran (which was promised to remain preserved by God (15:9) makes it clear that Muhammad is only a messenger of God. So Satan had to be a bit more subtle, so what does Satan do to mislead the Muslims? He succeeded in making Muhammad a partner with God in everything!

The following are only some of many examples:

1- As mentioned above (6:162), the Quran instructs that all religious practises must be dedicated to the name of God alone. However, Muslims today include the name of Muhammad in all their worship practises (Salat, Shahada, Hajj, etc). By doing so, they immediately render their Shahada, the Salat and other practises void and a violation of the command in 6:162.

2- We are told that God is the only law maker:

Shall I seek other than God as a 'hakaman' (law maker) when He has revealed to you the Book fully detailed?
6:114

Also, the only duty of any messenger is to deliver God’s message:

The sole duty of the messenger is the delivery (of the message). 5:99

We are also told that Prophet Muhammad did not have the authority to make any laws. On one occasion the Prophet made this error (prohibiting something made lawful by God) and he was quickly reprimanded by God:

O you Prophet, why do you prohibit what God has made lawful for you, seeking to please your wives? God is Forgiver, Merciful. 66:1

Despite of all these assurances, Muslims today make Muhammad a law maker besides God! They follow various hadith which claim that the Prophet prohibited various items such as gold and silk for men, dogs, pictures, music, makeup for women, etc. By reading 6:114, 5:99 and 66:1, the unbiased reader who believes the words of God, would have no hesitation in branding such hadith as lies against Prophet Muhammad.

3- Several Quranic words prohibit the associated of anything or anyone with the name of God. However, on entering the majority of masjids, we find the names Allah and Muhammad side by side as if they were partners! The same can be seen on the walls of the Kaaba and in almost all Islamic books and publications! Not only is this a gross sin of associating the name of Muhammad alongside the name of God, but it is also in violation to the very clear Quranic command not to make any distinction between God's messengers (2:285).

As a result, all Muslims who behave in such manner are guilty of committing shirk (associating partners with God). God knew this would happen and this was actually foretold in the Quran:

The majority of those who believe in God do not do so without committing shirk.
12:106

The words "those who believe in God" include all Muslims in the world. It is a sad fact, confirmed by God, that the majority of Muslims are in fact committing 'shirk'!

Satan is given capabilities which are superior to what the human being is given. Satan and his clan know our weaknesses and is also able to see us, to whisper to us and to entice us but we cannot see them:

O Children of Adam, do not let the devil entice you just like he caused your parents to be evicted from Paradise, stripping them of their garments to expose their private parts to them. He and his tribe see you from where you cannot see them. We have appointed the devils as allies of those who do not believe. 7:27

As a result, Satan exploited this specific weakness in the human being by setting humans to be idolised besides God and thus fulfilling his aim to lead most people astray (38:82-83).

In contrast, the pure believers who commemorate the name of God alone in all their religious practises will not fall for Satan's trap and are thus given immunity by God against the call of idol worship enticed by Satan:

You (Satan)
shall have no authority over My servants except those who follow you of the strayers. 15:42