Misconceptions Regarding Taghoot
Allah is the guardian of
those who believe. He brings them out of the darkness into the light; and (as
to) those who disbelieve, their guardians are taghoot who take them out of the
light into the darkness
From the above ayah it is clear that taghoot is which leads people astray.
All the messengers were ordered to:
'…Serve Allah and shun
From some interpretations people have derived that carrying out legal formalities, accepting conditions or living in a Non Islamic government is obedience to the taghoot. From where have people derived such notions is yet to be known, troubling people to leave the cities and live in the mountains etc is an unwanted restriction they are trying to impose on others.
Yousuf (Alaihi salam) and the Aziz's kingdom:
Thus did We plan for the
sake of Yousuf; it was not (lawful) that he should take his brother under the
Yousuf (Alaihi salaam) took a post in a government where Allah's law wasn't enforced, from this it is clear that to work under a Non-Islamic government isn't forbidden especially when there isn't a Khilafah.
Pact of Hudaibiyah:
Prophet Muhammad (SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam) made a pact with the Kafirs of Makkah.
Prophet (SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam) agreed to change 'Muhammad rasool Allah' to 'Muhammad bin Abdullah' and 'bismillahir rehmanir raheem' to 'bismik Allahumma' in the text of the pact of Hudaibiyah according to the kafirs 's condition.
Ali (RadiAllahu Tala Anho) refused to erase the words 'Muhammad ur Rasool Allah', then the Prophet (SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam) himself erased it.
During the writing of the pact,
a muslim arrived. The delegate of the kafirs told the Prophet (SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam) to hand him over according to the pact, Prophet Muhammad (SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam) said the text isn't even complete as yet, but still the kafir
insisted, and eventually the muslim was handed over to the Kafirs.
Even though they had the power to fight the kafirs still they accepted the kafirs 's conditions.
Was the prophet (SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam) obeying the taghoot? Nauzubillah.
Why was all of this done?
It was done keeping in view the overall prosperity that Islam will achieve, from this it is clear that to accept conditions of Kafirs isn't forbidden especially when today we don't have Khilafah where we could migrate.
This proves that to acquire legal documents from any government or to accept their conditions isn't forbidden as Prophet (SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam) made a documented pact with a kafir government and accepted their conditions.
Ibraheem (Alaihi salam) and the Kafir King:
When Ibraheem (Alaihi salam)
left his father then he settled with his wife in a place which was ruled by a
despotic King. Someone informed the king of the beauty of Sara (rehmatullah
Alaihi), the king sent a person for query. Ibraheem (Alaihi salam) told that
person that she is his sister in Islam. Then Ibraheem (Alaihi salam) sent her to
the king, the king tried to take advantage of her but Allah saved her, then the
king sent her back with a slave girl 'Hajra', Sara (rehmatullah Alaihi) told her
husband that Allah has given us a slave girl.
Why did Ibraheem (Alaihi salam) sent his wife to the king? Was he helping the taghoot? Nauzubillah min zalik.
Abu Bakr (RadiAllahu Tala Anho) 's asylum:
Abu Bakr (RadiAllahu Tala Anho)
set out migrating to the land of Ethiopia, and when he reached Bark-al-Ghimad,
Ibn Ad-Daghina, the chief of the tribe of Qara, met him and inquired about his
travel, Abu Bakr told him that he has been turned out by his people and that he
shall wander the earth and worship his lord. Ibn Ad-Daghina after hearing this
said that "A man like you cannot leave nor can he be driven out, you can stay
here and I will be your protector". So Abu Bakr returned and Ibn Ad-Daghina
accompanied him. The kafirs accepted Ibn Ad-Daghina 's asylum for Abu Bakr but
with some conditions, Abu Bakr accepted those conditions.
One of the foremost personalities from among the Sahaba chose to stay in the asylum of a Kafir and that too for practicing Islam, similar is the condition of any person who gets himself registered in any form with any government so that he is allowed to practice Islam peacefully. There is nothing wrong with it, but for those who want to make a mountain out of a molehill.
Kufr can be forgiven:
Even if the above is not enough then the below ayah should also be kept in view.
Any one who, after accepting
faith in Allah, does kufr, - except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm
in Faith .....
Allah is so merciful that he is even willing to forgive kufr if we are compelled.
Prophet Muhammad said (SallAllah-u-Alaihi-wa-Sallam):
On my ummah, mistake, oversight and on
which they (Muslimeen) are compelled, are forgiven.
As today there isn't Khilafah
hence a Muslim is compelled to live under various governments, abide by their
laws and accept their conditions so that he can practice his Deen peacefully.
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