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Is it shirk to make tasawwur (visualise) others besides Allah Ta`ala?

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Someone in Delhi told me, “You have stated in Fatawaa Mahmoodiya that tasawwur-e-shaikh (visualising one’s shaikh) is permissible, whereas only Allah Ta`ala should be visualised. It is shirk to visualise others besides Allah.”

I replied, “It is impossible to visualise Allah Ta`ala, because only those things that have some form and shape could be visualised. As for Allah, then He is free from any form. It is stated in Sharh-ul-`Aqaaid, Pg 38:  (Allah does not have any form or shape.) and in Sullam-ul-`Uloom it is stated, Pg 2:  (Allah Ta`ala cannot be confined to any place nor can He be visualised.)

You had also said that it is shirk to visualise anything besides Allah. Every person visualises numerous objects in his mind. Will you then say that such a person is a mushrik? You in your very own mind visualise objects. Will you also be a mushrik?”

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