All praise belongs to Allāh. We praise Him, seek His aid and forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allāh from the evils of our souls and the evils our deeds. Whomsoever Allāh guides then no one can misguide him and whomsoever Allāh leaves to stray no one guide him. I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship except Allāh, having absolutely no partners. And I bear witness that Muḥammad is His slave and His Messenger. May the Ṣalāt and Salām be upon him, his family, and his Ṣaḥābah until the Last Day. As for what follows:
Allāh (ﷻ) said in His Holy Book: “And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], "Worship Allāh and avoid Tāghūt.” [16:36] And Allāh (ﷻ) also said: “But those who have avoided Tāghūt, lest they worship it, and turned back to Allāh - for them are good tidings.” [39:17]
And Allāh (ﷻ) also said: "There shall be no compulsion in [acceptance of] the religion. The right course has become distinct from the wrong. So whoever disbelieves in Tāghūt and believes in Allāh has grasped the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allāh is Hearing and Knowing." [2:256]
In Sūrat Al-Baqarah verse 256 we read that the main reason for grasping the most trustworthy handhold that will never break can only be achieved by rejecting the Tāghūt first. The general meaning of Tāghūt is everything that exceeds its prescribed limits to Him by Allāh.
The general meaning of Tāghūt is everything that exceeds its prescribed limits to Him by Allāh
This is a very important topic that a lot of Muslims stayed ignorant about, because of the distortion of the people of Bid'ah and Deviation who alter our religion for the sake of pleasing the status quo, kufār and the international communities. Rejecting Tāghūt comes before affirming belief in Allāh and it is a condition that must be fulfilled before your acts of worship are accepted.
The Noble Shaykh and 'Allāmah Sulaymān ibn Sahmān (رحمه الله تعالى) said in one of his poetry:
فابرأ من الطاغوتِ وابغض أهلهُ *** واكفر بشرعِ الزورِ والبهتانِ
❝Distance yourself from Tāghūt and hate its people, and declare disbelief in the Sharī'ah of falsehood.❞
لا بدَ من تحقيقِ هذا أولاً *** قبلَ الصلاةِ وتلكمَ الأركانِ
❝This must be achieved first before [praying] Salāh and those are the Pillars [of Islām].❞
In shā Allāh after reading this E-Book (or listening to the audio lecture) by Shaykh Bishr ibn Fahd Al-Bishr, may Allāh protect and preserve him, you'll understand this phrase much better. We decided to translate this audio lecture because the Shaykh goes in depth explaining the meaning of Tāghūt in accordance to the Qur'ān, the Sunnah and the sayings of the Scholars from the past and the present. He also goes in-depth stating the various heads of Tāghūt that are many and widespread in our days using the Fiqh of the reality.
We ask Allāh (ﷻ) to make it beneficial for the Muslims.