"0 people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians)! Do not exaggerate in your religion." (Q4:171)
Ibn Abbaas (RA) said, concerning the statement of Allaah the Most High:
"And they said, 'Do not forsake your gods! Do not forsake Wadd nor Suwaa' nor Yaghooth nor Nasr." (Q71:23)
Theses were names of righteous men from the people of Nuh (peace be upon him). Then, when they passed away, Shaytaan inspired their people to set up statues in their gathering places where they used to sit and to name these statutes with their names. They did this but the statutes were not worshipped until those people passed away and the knowledge was forgotten. Then they were worshipped."
Ibn al-Qayyim (RAH) said:
"More than one of the Salaf (predecessors) have said that when they died the people devoted themselves to their graves. Then they made statutes of their images. Then after a long period passed they began worshipping them."
Umar (RA) narrated that Allaah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"Do not exaggerate in praising me as the Christians exaggerated in praising Eesaa, the son of Maryam. I am only a slave, so say, 'slave ot Allaah and His Messenger' (Bukhaaree).
Umar (RA) also narrated that Allaah's Messenger (peace and blessings. Be upon him) said:
" Beware of exaggeration, for it was only exaggeration that destroyed those who were before you. " (Ahmad)
Ibn Masud (RA) said that Allaah's Messenger (peace and blessings be upon him) said:
"The excessive are destroyed." He sad it three times" (Muslim)
This article was culled from the publications of Deen Communication Limited