How millions of Muslims are totally oblivious of 39:45!

When God alone is mentioned, the hearts of those who do not believe
in the Hereafter are filled with aversion, but when others are mentioned
besides Him, they rejoice.
Indeed, this verse is one of the most prominent examples of a Quranic verse that has been corrupted through false interpretation.
The genuine reader of the Quran will readily accept the meaning given in God's words, without the need to add a word here or there that ultimately changes the meaning.
Before analysing the true significance of this glorious Quranic verse, a reminder must be given of 18:109.

Say, "If the sea were ink for the Words of my Lord, the sea would run out before the words of my Lord run out, even if we were to supply the same amount of ink as a supplement." 18:109

The words in 18:109 contain a clear message that God is not short of words. If the Quranic truth contained in any Quranic verse could be made clearer by inserting extra words, God would have done just that by Himself. When God gives us a particular phrase He means what the phrase says precisely. To add extra words by any interpreter can only restrict, enlarge or alter the meaning. This is a grave corruption which must be guarded against.

The reader of the Quran is advised to accept the straightforward meaning given in God's words. The reader of the Quran must always be aware that God is the most efficient in expressing any meaning.
When we read 39:45 we note the important words "but when others are mentioned". Note here that God used the words "others". God did not restrict the meaning of "others". Consequently, we must not restrict the meaning of God's words in any particular sense. The word "others" will thus include all others without restriction. The word "others" could therefore be speaking about ordinary people as well as messengers, prophets, saints, idols, jinn, angels, false gods or simply any others.
Sadly, some of the interpreters who are not happy with God's words as they are, have added the words (other gods) after the Quranic word "others". By doing so, they imply that God is only speaking about other gods. In reality and because God did not specify those meant by "others", it could include other gods, but also all others as explained above.

In an attempt to disguise their deliberate manipulation of this verse, or indeed many other verses, they state that the Quran is not easy to understand, thereby 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 and believe simple and obvious meanings of God's words, it will indeed be the day that they may start to 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 straightforward and clear meaning of 39:45, without words added here or there, we realise that God has indeed given us a true criterion in this glorious verse for the purity of our worship of God. Those whom God calls "ebad Allah al-mukhlaseen" (God's pure worshippers) are those who are content with the name of God alone. In contrast, 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.
The pure worshippers of God will be happy to utter the shahada (testimony of faith) as given in 3:18, which includes the name of God alone, while the impure will not be able to utter this Quranic shahada without adding a second shahada for Muhammad.

The Quran's great criterion in 39:45 stamps such Muslims who insist on uttering a second testimony as disbelievers:

When God alone is mentioned, the hearts of those who do not believe
in the Hereafter are filled with aversion, but when others are mentioned
besides Him, they rejoice.