There is no God but the one God
And Mohammad, Jesus, Moses, Abraham, Adam, and many others are his prophets.
In the Name of The God, the compassionate, the Merciful
Say The God is but one
The God is The most powerful
Neither from Birth or with Child
None exists that can compare to him.
See where else to go from there?
I am a believer God/Allah, in truth, in reason, and in principles. I believe that religion should be viewed through the lens of reason. That a religious text contains truth, but that science and trial and error provide THE truth and provide a better understanding of what truth means. That it is fundamental to look to religious texts for certain principles and that law should be a combination of science, reason and those principles.
Examples: If a religious text bans taking or giving interest, it is fundamental that the reasons be determined. The first step is not ending the taking of interest, but rather ending predatory interest and making sure those with debts have a humane and unhumiliating way to get out of those debts. Is the law itself more important or the principle behind that law? Which is eternal in two directions? Mohamed banned alcohol in stages. Living in societies where injustices exist means affecting things in stages and based on the amount of harm not altering them does to the society.
If the Quran repeats the words Rahman and Raheem more than any other (besides God/Allah) then principles of mercy, compassion and justice should stand on their own and be pursued diligently, and without caveats interpreting what those principles mean. These principles tend to be universal in all languages.
If we are to avoid idolatry we must make sure that this extends to parts of our religions:
Self glorification in mysticism is idolatry for when we cease striving for humility and seek glorification we have become lost. If you say "I am truth" you have probably missed the point of what anihilation of self really means.
Treating the Sunna as unquestionable or undebatable when the methods for its collection were innovated by good men, but sinners nonetheless, and not by God or any prophet is a minor form of this.
Treating the law or the book as if it were God in practice if not in thought is a form of this. Treating the word for God/Allah as such is as well.
Reverence of early Islamic leaders or any "saint" (or any current leader) that comes dangerously close to idolatry should be avoided.
Pornography addiction, intoxicant addiction, Nationalism, tribalism, love of those who believe like you over others, money, selfishness.
These are all distractors from God/Allah.
No man or leader or Sheikh or counsel of Sheikhs or Imam or Ayatollah or Mullah is God or can act as any sort of intermediary to him, nor are they superior to other men. They should be treated with respect as all men and women should be, but only that much.
Only God himself should be worshiped. Nothing more. Nothing less. All else is created except the principles that stem from his attributes and that are as eternal as he. All else can be destroyed. To follow any law should be done only in self discipline and to focus on the goal of submitting to God and those principles. Nothing else.