3. The reason due to which idols were worshipped

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أبى رحمه الله قال: حدثنا سعد بن عبد الله قال: حدثنا أحمد بن محمد ابن عيسى قال: حدثنى محمد بن خالد البرقى قال: حدثنى حماد بن عيسى عن حريز ابن عبد الله السجستاني عن جعفر بن محمد عليهما السلام، في قوله الله عزوجل (وقالوا لا تذرن آلهتكم ولا تذرن ودا ولا سوعا ولا يغوث ويعوق ونسرا) قال: كانوا يعبدون الله عزوجل فماتوا، فضج قومهم وشق ذلك عليهم فجاءهم ابليس لعنه الله فقال لهم: اتخذ لكم اصناما على صورهم فتنظرون إليهم وتأنسون بهم وتعبدون الله فاعد لهم اصناما على مثالهم فكانوا يعبدون الله عزوجل وينظرون إلى تلك الاصنام، فلما جاء هم الشتاء والامطار أدخلوا الاصنام البيوت فلم يزالوا يعبدون الله عزوجل حتى هلك ذلك القرن ونشأ أولادهم فقالوا: ان آباءنا كانوا يعبدون هؤلاء فعبدوهم من دون الله عزوجل فذلك قول الله تبارك وتعالى (ولا تذرن ودا ولا سواعا) الآية.


1. My father said, ‘Sa’ad Bin Abdullah narrated to us, from Ahmad Bin Muhammad Ibn Isa, from Muhammad Bin Khalid Al barqy, from Hamaad Bin Isa, from Hareyz Ibn Abdullah Al Sajastany, (It has been narrated) from Ja’far (a.s.) Bin Muhammad (a.s.) regarding the Words of Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic [71:23] And they have said (to each other), ’Abandon not your gods: Abandon neither Wadd nor Suwa’, neither Yaguth nor Ya’uq, nor Nasr. The Imam (a.s.) said: ‘They (the mentioned) used to be worshipping Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic. They died. It was grievous upon their people, so Iblees (la) came to them and said to them, ‘Take idols for yourselves upon their images, so that you can look towards them, and be cordial with them and you can (still) be worshipping Allah (azwj)’. So he (la) prepared idols for them upon their resemblances. So they used to be worshipping Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic, and were looking towards those idols. So when the winter came upon them, and the rains, they entered the idols into their houses. So they did not stop worshipping Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic until that generation died off, and their children grew up. So they (new generation) said, ‘Our fathers used to worship these, therefore worship them besides Allah (azwj) Mighty and Majestic’. So these are the Words of Allah (azwj) Blessed and High [71:23] Abandon neither Wadd nor Suwa – the Verse’.