Praise be to Allaah.
One of the things that are established by the scholars is
that shirk will take place in the ummah as is indicated by the sound
texts, and reality confirms this.
Many of the Arabs apostatized after the death of the Prophet
(peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him), and many of them went back
to worshipping idols.
The mujaddid (renewer of the Faith) Muhammad ibn ‘Abd
al-Wahhaab said: “Chapter: Reports that some of this ummah will worship
idols”, then he mentioned some ahaadeeth which indicate that.
With regard to the hadeeth: “The Shaytaan has despaired of
ever being worshipped…” the scholars have interpreted it in several ways:
1 – That the Shaytaan has despaired of ever getting all
worshippers to unite on kufr.
This view was favoured by the great scholar Ibn Rajab
al-Hanbali. Al-Darar al-Sunnah, 12/117.
2 – That this is a report
of the despair that befell the Shaytaan when he saw the conquests and how
the people entered the religion of Allaah in crowds. So the hadeeth is
telling us what the Shaytaan thought and he expected to happen. Then what
really happened was something other than that, for a reason decreed by
This view was favoured by Shaykh Ibn ‘Uthaymeen (may Allaah
have mercy on him). Al-Qawl al-Mufeed, 1/211.
3 – That the Shaytaan
despaired of the believers whose faith is complete, because the Shaytaan has
no hope that they will worship him.
This view was favoured by al-Aloosi. See Da’aawa
4 – That the “al-” in the word “al-musalloon” (worshippers)
refers to a specific group of worshippers, and that what is meant is the
All of these interpretations are close in meaning, and the
most likely is the second. And Allaah knows best.
See Ahaadeeth al-‘Aqeedah allati yuwahham Zaahiruha
al-Ta’aarud fi’l-Saheehayn, 2/232-238 .