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What Is This “Taghut” Word Recently Mentioned On Pakistani Television?

Notably, it appears in Ayah 2:256, which states:

“There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become clear from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Taghut and believes in Allah has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing and Knowing.”

Linguistic and Religious Definition

Ibn al-Jawzī Rahimaullah describes Taghut linguistically as derived from tughyan, meaning to exceed the set limits. [Zad al-Masir, 2/125]

Imam Ibn al-Qayyim Rahimaullah provides a detailed religious context:

It is everything in which man exceeds his limits, whether it is being worshiped, followed, or obeyed. The Taghut of each community includes those who are sought for judgment instead of Allah and His Messenger, those worshipped besides Allah, those followed without proof from Allah, and those obeyed without knowing if it aligns with Allah’s judgment. Most people have turned from worshipping Allah alone to worshipping Taghut, seeking judgment from Taghut, and obeying and following Taghut. [I’lām Al-Muwaqqi’īn (1/50)]

Taghut, therefore, represents any entity or person that diverts individuals from the path of Allah, making it a critical concept in Islamic theology and practice.

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