I think its better if we create another thread instead of discussing it in this topic, because it might confuse the brother who started this thread.
Anyway, associating partners with God can be in any form - i.e. when people worship idols, they say they doing it to worship God. Or the example of christians when they believe that Jesus (peace be upon him) is God etc.
This is why in islam, we have no idol in replacement of God, or no human that we worship instead of God, and even when the muslims perform their daily salaah (prayers) - they don't bow down to no idol, no human, but we bow down to God alone (and the intention plays a big role in this obviously.)
PS. Thread Moved to Basics of Islam