What is the punishment of polytheism (shirk)?

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What is the punishment of polytheism (shirk)?
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The punishment for polytheism (shirk) is described as follows in the Quran: "Those who reject (Truth), among the People of the Book and among the Polytheists, will be in Hell-fire, to dwell therein (for aye). They are the worst of creatures." (al-Bayyina, 98/6).

It was stated by the Messenger of Allah (pbuh) that all of the sins except polytheism would be forgiven, that the believers would definitely go to Paradise after being punished for their sins and that polytheists would not be forgiven if they died before repenting:

"Jibril came to me and gave me this glad tiding: "-Anyone from your ummah will enter Paradise if he dies without associating partners with Allah". Thereupon, I said to him, "-Even if he commits fornication and theft?" He replied, " Yes, even if he commits fornication and theft " According to what our Prophet (pbuh) narrates, he asked Jibril this question three times and he received the same answer each time. (Bukhari, Janaiz, 1, Libas, 24, Isti`zan, 30, Riqaq, 13,14, Tawhid, 33; Muslim, Iman, 153, 154, Zakah, 32,33; Tirmidhi, Iman, 18; Ahmad b. Hanbal, V, 152, 159, 161, VI, 166)

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