To understand what is SHRIK /IDOL-WORSHIPS and why it is very serious sin which contain penalty of severe punishment. And what is the reason & wisdom behind when Allah mention" that majority will not believe without committing SHRIK on [12: 106]
But first we need to know what is common behaviour/action of any polytheist idol-worshiper . here are some verse in related and we must avoid such action and take guard from such act. The Quran has used the word [Mushrikun/polytheist]more then 150 times and most of the time it’s give warning for believer to keep away from such dangerous concept.
The Quran 2:221
And do not marry Al-Mushrikât [idolatresses,] till they believe. And indeed a slave woman who believes is better than a Mushrikah [idolatress], even though she pleases you. And give not in marriage to Al-Mushrikûn till they believe and verily, a believing slave is better than a Mushrik (idolater), even though he pleases you. Those (Al-Mushrikûn) invite you to the Fire, but Allâh invites to Paradise and Forgiveness by His Leave, and makes His Ayât clear to mankind that they may remember.
The Quran 6:37
Even so, in the eyes of most of the Pagans, their `partners' made alluring the slaughter of their children in order to lead them to their own destruction, and cause confusion in their religion. If Allah had willed, they would not have done so: but leave alone them and their inventions
The Quran 6:94
And behold! ye come to Us bare and alone as We created you for the first time: Ye have left behind you all (the favours) which We bestowed on you: We see not with you your intercessors whom ye thought to be partners in your affairs: so now all relations between you have been cut off, and your (pet) fancies have left you in the lurch!"
The Quran 6:100
Yet they make the Jinns equals with Allah, though Allah did create the Jinns; and they falsely, having no knowledge attribute to Him sons and daughters. Praise and glory be to Him! (for He is) above what they attribute to Him!.
The Quran 6:121
Eat not of (meats) on which Allah's name hath not been pronounced: that would be impiety. But the evil ones ever inspire their friends to contend with you; if ye were to obey them, ye would indeed be pagans.
The Quran 7:190
But when He giveth them a goodly child, they ascribe to others a share in the gift they have received: but Allah is exalted high above the partners they ascribe to Him.
The Quran 9: 3
And an announcement from Allah and His Messenger, to the people (assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage― that Allah and His Messenger dissolve (treaty) obligations with the pagans. If, then ye repent, it were best for you; but if ye turn away know ye that ye cannot frustrate Allah. And proclaim a grievous penalty to those who reject Faith.
The Quran 9:113
It is not fitting, for the prophet and those who believe, that they should pray for forgiveness for pagans, even though they be of kin, after it is clear to them that they are companions of the Fire
The Quran 9:28
O ye who believe! Truly the pagans are unclean; so let them not, after this year of theirs approach the Sacred Mosque. And if ye fear poverty, soon will Allah enrich you, if He wills out of His bounty for Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.
The Quran 9:17
It is not for such as join gods with Allah to visit or maintain the mosques of Allah while they witness against their own souls to infidelity. The works of such bear no fruit: in Fire shall they dwell.
The Quran 10:66
Behold! verily to Allah belong all creatures, in the heavens and on earth. What do they follow who worship as His "partners" other than Allah? They follow nothing but fancy, and they do nothing but lie
The Quran 12:106
And most of them believe not in Allah without associating with Him
The Quran :23 :117
And whoever invokes , besides Allah (God) , any other ilah (God), of whom he has no proof, then his reckoning is only with his Lord. Surely! (Al-Kafiroon ) disbelievers will not be successful
The Quran 30:42
Say: "Travel through the earth and see what was the End of those before (you): most of them worshipped others besides Allah."
The Quran 31:12
Behold, Luqman said to his son admonishing him: "O my son! Join not in worship (others) with Allah: for false worship is indeed the highest wrong-doing."
The Quran 31:15
But if they strive to make the join in worship with Me things of which thou hast no knowledge obey them not; Yet bear them company in this life with justice (and consideration) and follow the way of those who turn to Me (in love): in the End the return of you all is to Me, and I will tell you the truth (and meaning) of all that ye did
The Quran 35:14
If ye invoke them, they will not listen to your call, and if they were to listen they cannot answer your (prayer). On the Day of Judgement they will reject your "Partnership." And none, (O man!) can tell thee (the Truth) like the One Who is acquainted with all things.
The Quran 40 :21
What! have they partners (in godhead), who have established for them some religion without the permission of Allah? Had it not been for the Decree of Judgement the matter would have been decided between them (at once): But verily the wrongdoers will have a grievous Penalty.
The Quran 40:84/85
But when they saw Our punishment, they said: "We believe in Allah― the One Allah― and we reject the partners we used to join with Him." (84) But their professing the Faith when they (actually) saw Our Punishment was not going to profit them. (Such has been) Allah's way of dealing with His servants (from the most ancient times). And even thus did the rejecters of Allah perish (utterly)!
The Quran 42:13
The same religion has He established for you as that which He enjoined on Noah--that which We have sent by inspiration to thee--and that which We enjoined on Abraham, Moses, and Jesus: namely, that ye should remain steadfast in Religion, and make no divisions therein: to those who worship other things than Allah, hard is the (way) to which thou callest them. Allah chooses to Himself those whom He pleases, and guides to Himself those who turn (to Him).
The Quran 46:4
Say: "Do ye see what it is ye invoke besides Allah? Show me what it is they have created on earth, or have they a share in the heavens? Bring me a Book (revealed) before this, or any remnant of knowledge (ye may have), if ye are telling the truth!"
The Quran 48:6
And that He may punish the Hypocrites men and women, and the Polytheists, men and women, who imagine an evil opinion of Allah. On them is a round of Evil: the Wrath of Allah is on them: He has cursed them and got Hell ready for them: and evil is it for a destination
The Quran 61:8
It is He Who has sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, that he may proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it).
The Quran 98:6
Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-fire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures
The Quran 60:12
O Prophet! When believing women come to thee to take the oath of fealty to thee that they will not associate in worship any other thing whatever with Allah, that they will not steal, that they will not commit adultery (or fornication), that they will not kill their children, that they will not utter slander, intentionally forging falsehood and that they will not disobey thee in any just matter then do thou receive their fealty and pray to Allah for the forgiveness (of their sins): for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.
MAIN FOCUS VERSE OF THE ARTICLE
THE QURAN 12:106
[Wama yu/minu aktharuhum biAllahi illa wahum mushrikoona]
And most of them will not believe in God except while setting-up partners.
KEY POINTS OF ABOVE VERSES
[12:106] tell us that majority of people will be polytheist first before they believe which is very true since those who polytheist it is easer to understand ONE Allah since the concept of God is already they are carrying. But those who atheist they don’t believe on anything therefore it is harder for them to believe on ALLAH another fact is that since, the population prove the polytheist is majority then the Atheist. Therefore automatically more polytheist will believe in Allah then atheist.
[2:221] Inform the believer should not wedlock with any polytheist, that is because they lead to hell & And Allah’s curse [48 :6] over them [6:37] They slaughter children [mentally / physically] which cause their own destruction [6:37] they will find whom they worship no help & relations cut off [6:100] they worship JINNS and attribute to Allah sons & daughters so they can worship them.[ 6:121] the Satan is their friend & inspirer they kill animal with other name then Allah so the believer are other not eat such meat.[7:190] they pray for good thing/Childs but when they get gifted then, they utilize that toward idol- worship.[9: 3] Allah & messenger has no obligation toward them polytheist until they repent.
[9:113] Believer are not allowed to seek forgiveness for pagans, even if they are family friends[9:28] Believer should make sure pagans don’t visit Sacred Mosque[10:66] They follow nothing but fancy, and they do nothing but lie[30:42]
In every generation they suffer badly due to worshipped others besides Allah[31:12. We should inform our children to keep way from polytheist activity since it is the highest wrong-doing." [35:14] them gods some will be able to here but cannot answer and some will not hear and them gods will reject the polytheists on the J-DAY,
[40:21] Their polytheist leader has created religions for them but Allah given them chance till J-DAY [40:84] They start to believe in Allah whenever they see punishment but that will not be accepted.[42:13 it is the same religion of Allah all time but them polytheist continue with self-made religion of idol-worship[46:4]
They will fail to prove that, their gods has any power over heaven & earth or bring a BOOK like this [Quran] and they don’t like to see Allah’s DEEN dominate [61:8] and this beacose they are the worst creature among Allah’s creation [98:6] however if the repent back to Allah then they will find for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful [60:12]
Unfortunately Mankind has tendency on committing idol worship either directly or indirectly, Some think there is some sort of entity beside Allah who can help them such as [Prophets/Saint/Doctor/Medicine/Politician/Parent /Business/ Wife/ Husband] this is why they sometime love or give priority to them more then ALLAH. And because of such weakness Allah continuously send Prophets/ Messengers till Muhammed (P).
We find mass majority blindly following religious scholar/ leader and their books which they directly or indirectly attribute it to Allah & his messengers, to give priority to their own manmade books. However they sometime DENY the book of Allah and some of them disbelieve completely. And some of them do believe but don’t try understand IT.
That is one of the main reasons to commit evil act [the SHRIK]. We even see the Quran speak about some name [of ancient] such as LAAT/ MANNANT / UZZA such concept is purely created by man because of some emotion and there is so many other concept created by Man to steal ordinary people money. And this is how all them religion/sect establish by passing from the original ONE true system /Islam.
HOW TO AVOID IDOL-WORSHIP
Firstly take Allah is only source of guidance. The God is the only one to worship. Read the Quran sincerely follow it commandments strictly with love if something not clear because of your knowledge used different translation & dictionary. Never just believe anything or anyone without verifying and make it sure it is from the Allah. And maintain correct concept of belief, more correct IMAN obtain more easier to guard from the SHIRIK
WHAT IS IMAAN / CREED ?
The Arabic root of the word IMAAN is A-M-N, which primarily means [Trust, Secure, Safety, Confine, Belief/Faith/ Conviction] and we must try have true trust firm believe with respect to Allah. and accepting of the Divine Law and the firm believing thereof with the heart and full submission to HIS commandment.
ONLY ON WHAT BLIND FAITH IS NEEDED ?
The blind faith we need to have as mention [ Allah /Hereafter / Malaika-Angel/The Divine Guidance- Revelation. The Messengers /Prophets [21:49, 35:18, 36:11, 50:33, 67:12 27:65-66 19:61 16:77, 32:5-6, 34:3, 72:25-26 3:44, 11:49, 81:24]
However the one who believes in the above five realities is MOMIN and the one who denies/ rejects them are the KAFR [4:136/ 25:73/8:22/ 7:179] The IMAAN is not just "uttering something with the tongue"; it is a strong conviction from the bottom of the heart & it is not "saying" but "doing" something [2:8, 61:2-3] and there will be test to see whether we are true believers or not [29:2-3]
The true believer do bow down & submit themselves with obedience to Allah and follow His Commands [5:55, 32:15, 2:121] do deeds of righteousness [17:9, 18:2] strive with their wealth and lives in the cause of Allah & welfare of humanity [8:74, 49:15,9:111 8:2-4] -Who establish As-Salat [8:2-4, 5:55]
Regardless what we called our self [Shia/Sunni Christen Hindu Jews] whatsoever, If we really want to help ourselves then we must STOP all form of SHIRIK before it too LATE. And one of the main cause of committing such ACT is by blind following another MAN who is doing nothing but spreading his own theory.
Therefore it is best to just follow the book of Allah [Quran] as we understand NOT as other understand. And remember there will be NO second chance ONCE death approaches. Those of us whom unable to correct ourselves before the time, then surly these are people whom Allah create for HELL. [Allah knows best ]
The Quran 7:179:
Many are the jinns and MEN we have made for Hell: They have hearts wherewith they understand not, eyes wherewith they see not, and ears wherewith they hear not. They are like cattle,- nay more misguided: for they are heedless (of warning).