It is sad that daily, by our actions, we reveal that we worship men. We may not bow down before them, but by our words, in ascribing purity and perfection to them, we show ourselves unable to see them as ordinary people like the rest of us. We praise them far beyond their due, elevating them to saviour status. It is a form of wilful blindness. Respect, honour and admire your teachers and guides, of course, but do not go to extremes.

And they will say, “Our Lord, indeed we obeyed our masters and our dignitaries, and they led us astray from the way.” — Quran 33:67