reply to post by maes2
and welcome to the discussion!
I appreciate the time you put into your response, but I must inform you that you are wrong on both of your rebuttals. If you allow me some words, I
will illustrate why.
I never said what you accuse me of.
Regarding “Taghut,” in the OP I said;
“your big mistake is that you are saying that Taghut means non_muslim, and Allah means muslim.”
The word "Taghut" has been often white-washed to the incorrect translation of "evil" or "Satan" or "Idols", but infact, "Taghut" means:
The action of disbelief and disobedience to Allah and Islam.
طاغوت “Taghut” is an Arabic word which has an etymological root (ط + غ) directly linked to طغى “Tagha” which means: “disobeying
restrictions and overstepping the set limits.”
As “Tagha” is to “overstep/disobey,”… “Taghut” is “to overstep/disobey Allah.”
The word Taghut is an all-encompassing word which holds to no singularity of meaning. In a generalized
way, “Taghut” may refer to
Satan, or jinn/demons, or evil beings, or idols, or tyrannical rulers/leaders, or the deification/worship of a person or object, or holding ideas,
rulings, judgments, and opinions above Allah’s words.
All of these concepts are inclusive of Taghut, therefore, “Taghut” is a generalized and all-encompassing word which means “The action of
disbelief and disobedience to Allah and Islam.”
There are specific words for “evil” and “Satan” and “idols” and “worshipping others besides Allah.” If critical specification was
intended, the word “Taghut” would not have been used, but instead the actual word for “idol” or “false worship” or “Satan” would have
Ibn Qayyim Al-Jawziyya explains,
“The Taghut are all things that go beyond their boundaries and cause the person to exceed the limits with regards to that which is worshipped,
followed, or obeyed. So the Taghut in any nation is whosoever turns to other than Allah and His Messenger for matters of judgement; or is pleased to
be worshipped besides Allah; or is followed without a clear proof from Allah; or is obeyed in that which is known to be disobedience to
Muhammad ibn ʿAbd al-Wahhab explains,
”The word Taghut is general. So everything that is worshipped besides Allah, while being pleased with this worship, whether it is something
worshipped, someone followed, or someone obeyed in the absence of obedience to Allah and His Messenger, then that is considered Taghut.”
Mica F. Lindemans of “Encyclopedia Mythica,” defines “Taghut” as: In Islam, a term used to denote everything that dissuades and deviates
one from the worship of Allah.
Pickthall defined “Taghut” as “False Deities”
Yusuf Ali defined “Taghut” as “Evil”
Shakir defined “Taghut” as “Satan”
Dr. Ghali defined “Taghut” as “False Gods, Idols, Devils and Seducers”
To worship idols is to "disobey and disbelieve in Allah."
To follow Satan is to "disobey and disbelieve in Allah."
To follow evil leaders is to "disobey and disbelieve in Allah."
To attach greater importance of ideas above Allah "is to disobey and disbelieve in Allah."
The OP point remains:
• (Point # 1)
The verse in its entire context of revelation is biased towards the belief in and obedience to Allah. The word "Taghut" has been often white-washed
to the incorrect translation of "evil" or "Satan" or "Idols", but infact, "Taghut" means: The action of disbelief and disobedience to Allah
and Islam. In addition, the verse in its entire revealed context ends with a threat of Hell Fire to non-Muslims.