The Story of the First Idol That Man Worshipped
In the faith and history of Islam, idols are very bad things. This thing is considered the source of sin because it is made a deity.
Pre-Islamic societies made statues that they made as gods. In fact, they already understand the statue will not give any benefit or loss to humans.
When Fathu Makkah, the first object destroyed by the Prophet Muhammad SAW was an idol. So that they may not be worshipped.
The Messenger of Allaah also forbids Muslims to keep idols in their homes. The Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) feared that they would be re-worshipped.
So, since when does man worship idols?
Idols of old
narrated in the hadith narrated by Imam Bukhari from Ibn ‘Abbas RA. In this hadith, idols were first worshipped in the time of Noah AS.
“From Ibn ‘Abbas RA that the idols that were once glorified by the people of Noah, later scattered in the Arab nation. Wadd became an idol for the Kalb in Daumatul Jandal. Suwa’ for the Children of Hudzail. Yaquts for Murad and Bani Ghuthaif in Jauf, precisely in Saba’.
As for Ya’uq is for the Children of Hamdan. While Nashr for Himyar family Dhul Kala’. These are the names of the righteous from the people of Noah. When they died, Satan whispered to them, “Build idols in their councils and name them after the righteous.”
And they did not worship until after knowledge had passed away.
Al Suyuti in the book of Ad Duratul Mantsur, quoting al-Faqihi’s opinion, corroborates the hadith above. According to Al Faqihi, in the time of Noah, a child longed for his parents had died making statues.
The statue was made with a face that resembled that of his parents. The making of the statue was based on the inability to cultivate a patient nature.
When the parent dies, the child will look at the statues. It’s going to be done all his life.
Gradually, this became a hereditary tradition until his grandchildren. Over time, his posterity considered the statues to be worshipped as gods.