Sadly, some of the interpreters who would do anything to favour their idols, when they interpret this verse have added the words (other gods) after the Quranic word "others". By doing so, they imply that God is only speaking about other gods. But in reality, and because God did not specify those meant by "others", it could include other gods, but also all idols, which could be prophets, saints, Imams, etc.
In an attempt to disguise their deliberate manipulation of this verse, or indeed many other verses, these interpreters state that the Quran is not easy to understand, and that only one of their entourage is eligible and qualified to interpret it!
However, if they would just stop "interpreting" God's words, and instead start to accept the simple and obvious meaning, then they and their readers may indeed understand the Quran.
Needless to say, their claim that the Quran is difficult to understand is in clear contradiction to God"s description of the Quran.
We are told that the Quran is clear (12:1), made easy to understand (44:58) and straightforward and without any ambiguity (39:28).
By accepting the obvious and true meaning of 39:45, we realise that God has indeed given us a true criteria here for what He calls "Ebad Allah Al-Mukhlaseen" which translates to " God's pure worshippers". They are the ones who are content with the name of God ALONE, but the impure ones will not be satisfied unless their idols are mentioned alongside God.
Those who idolise Jesus, Muhammad or any other prophet will not be happy if you mention God alone.
As mentioned (under image 1, Testimony), the testimony that there is no god but God (La Ilah Ila Allah) is the first pillar in all the Scripture given by God to mankind. This first pillar of Islam has been distorted. The reader is once again reminded that the only testimony (Shahada) that is authorised by God in the Quran is found in 3:18 and it has no name in it except the name of God. Millions of Muslims are not content in saying "there is no god but God" (la Ilah Ila Allah) on its own. They insist on adding the name of Muhammad beside the name of God in their testimony. They call it the "second" Shahada ..... But God authorised only one Shahada in the Quran.
The Quran's great criterion in 39:45 brands such Muslims who insist on uttering a second testimony as disbelievers:
"When God Alone is mentioned, the hearts of those who do disbelieve in the Hereafter shrink with aversion, but when others are mentioned besides Him, they become satisfied."