Allah Almighty says in the Quran:
“O People of the Scripture, do not exceed limits in your religion beyond the truth and do not follow the inclinations of a people who had gone astray before and misled many and have strayed from the soundness of the way.” (Quran, 5:77)
The Christians ascribe qualities of Allah to Prophet Isa (عليه السلام) in the name of loving him. So too do the Shia exalt the status of Imamah in order to praise Ali (رضّى الله عنه). The Shia say that Ali (رضّى الله عنه) is perfect, infallible, cannot make mistakes, cannot sin, knows Al-Ghaib (the Unseen), knows when he will die, dies only by his own wish, and has the power to do Tawassul for his followers. The Shia refer to Ali (رضّى الله عنه) as “Mazhar Al Aja-ib” which translates to “The Executor of Wonders,” a name that should only be used for Allah Almighty. The Christians call Isa (عليه السلام) the Son of God, but the Shia go one step even further and call Ali (رضّى الله عنه) to be the “Yadullah” or the “Hand of Allah.” The Shia call Ali (رضّى الله عنه) the Living “Ism-i Azam” or the Living “Supreme Name of God.”
Ali (رضّى الله عنه) was a person, just like the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم) was a person. Yes, they were best of people, but they were still people. They were still creation, and only Allah is the Creator. It should become all too obvious to the unbiased observor how similar the Shia are to the Christians. Even we can compare a picture of Ali (as depicted by the Shia) and Jesus (as depicted by the Christians) here. Notice the similarities:
It is compeletly forbidden in true Islam to make pictures of the Prophets or Imams. This is considered Shirk and is a polythiestic practise of pagan people who desire to see the unseen because they are weak of faith and would rather worship idols as opposed to Allah Who is part of Al-Ghaib (the Unseen). The manner in which the Shia make portraits of these great figures is blasphemy and is actually very insulting to the Ahlus Sunnah. Yet, we see that the Shia worldwide put up pictures of Ali (رضّى الله عنه) in their houses. In fact, one simply has to turn on the television to see marches in Iraq in which the Shia are parading around with pictures of Ali (رضّى الله عنه).
And this is not just done by some errant Shia, but rather it is sanctioned by the Shia Ulema. Ayatollah Sistani, one of the leading Shia Imams, said “it is permissible to hang them” in reference to pictures of Ali (رضّى الله عنه). When the Shia are questioned as to why they allow picture-making of their Imams, they will defend themselves with weak arguments; but the truth is clear to the believers who know that it can only be wrong. We wonder why these same Shia do not make pictures of the Prophet Muhammad (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم)? Why then is it permissible to draw pictures of Ali (رضّى الله عنه) and not of the Prophet (صلّى الله عليه وآله وسلّم)? And why not take it one step further and draw pictures of the Angels, Paradise, or even of Allah Almighty Himself?
Below we have included some Shia pictures of Ali (رضّى الله عنه); we observe how dramatically similar they are to the Mushrik Christian depictions of Prophet Isa (عليه السلام). This is a mockery of Islam, and of the great Ali (رضّى الله عنه). Islam came to reject such polythiestic practises, and we find that the Ahlus Sunnah has never engaged in such blasphemy.
Article Written By: Ibn al-Hashimi, www.ahlelbayt.com