Associating, invoking or worshipping anyone or anything besides Allah. This is the worst sin a Muslim can commit; in fact, anyone who commits this sin cannot be described as a Muslim. More details on this subject can be found at the Tawhid & Shirk section of this site.
The act of â€œshirkâ€ is to associate partners with Allah, according to the definition of Islam. Shirk is the only sin which Allah says He will not forgive if one dies upon it without having repented.
associating partners with Allaah. This begins when Tawheed becomes blurred and the person fails to recognize the difference between Allaah and that which Allaah created. This leads the person to end up worshipping the creation instead of the Creator.
The only unpardonable offence according to the Quran. It is the association of partners with Allah (i.e. polytheism), whether it is anyone or anything in the human or physical world, or the obedience of laws that contradict those revealed in the Quran. People who do so are called Mushrikeen. This includes creating divisions within the Muslim community through sectarianism.
Literally, it means to associate anyone or anything with Allah. The inconspicuous or hidden Shirk inwardly associates something or someone as partner with Allah, especially oneself. In the actual text, it refers to being inwardly dissatisfied with the inevitable condition that has been ordained for one by Allah.
Literally, "association," this term is commonly used to mean association of something other than God with God. For Muslims, God is Absolute, Complete, and Self-Sufficient. To set anything alongside or in place of God as Reality is to commit the sin of association, which is the only sin that God does not forgive, according to the Qurâ€(tm)an. Thus, paganism, or even atheism, are viewed as expressions of shirk.
literally, "association;" in Islam, the association of any visible or finite thing with God or to place any thing, concept or entity above God. Thus, to commit "shirk" is to commit idolatry. Compare the English sense of this term when it is said that one "shirks" one's responsibility.
Shirk is the Islamic concept of the sin of polytheism specifically, but in a more general way refers to serving anything other than the One God; i.e. wealth, lust, the ego, etc. It is the vice which is opposed to the virtue of tawhid, literally "declaring [that which is] one", often translated into the English theological term "monotheism." The word is not related to the English verb "shirk" related to neglect.