taking hawaa as your ilaa?

asalaamu alaikum

i ask many questions here.. sorry about that! i am a revert and am just trying to learn my religion, and find this to be a great place to learn :)

in surah 25, verse 43, it says:

أَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَهَهُ هَوَاهُ أَفَأَنتَ تَكُونُ عَلَيْهِ وَكِيلًا {43}
Seest thou such a one as taketh for his god his own passion (or impulse)? Couldst thou be a disposer of affairs for him?

>> does this mean that people who give into vain desires(like fornication, gambling, etc) are taking that as a god, and could it be considered shirk? or, is there a different meaning in this verse? please explain what this noble verse means.

wa salaam
وعليكم السلام
باسمه تعالى
The Aayah informs of the Shirki practice of the people who take their god whatever they see and feel as god in their own desires like today’s Hindus. Every now and then a new god is introduced and added in the list. The same practice has been stated in Surah 35, Aayaah 8. Ibne Abbaas in the explanation of the Aayah referred to said that during Jahiliyyah, a man would worship a white rock for a dew days and when he saw another better than the first one he would worship it and leave the first one.
As regard to fornication, gambling etc. these are amongst the major sins but not Shirk.
والله اعل

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