4:60 Have you not seen those who claim to have believed in what was revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you? They wish to refer legislation to Taghut, while they were commanded to reject it; and Satan wishes to lead them far astray.
Let’s do a critical REASONING!

“Have you not seen those?

  • Who CLAIM to have believed in what was revealed to you”,

Who Allah talking about here?

Those who CLAIM they believed in Quran, (as that’s what revealed to Rasulullah sallillahu alaihi wa sallam). Means this Ayah is talking about those who THINK they are Muslims.

  • “and what was revealed before you?”

Who believed in the books before Muhammad Rasulullah?

Muslim!

  • “They wish to refer legislation (law) to TAGHUT”,

So, what is meant by TAGHUT?

That’s a VERY BIG one, a lot to understand what the word encompasses. You want to know the detail, once and for all? Read from here from one of those who possesses the knowledge and just by understanding and realising its meaning, could be enough for your life as this could save you and your family from Jahannam.

So, what is TAGHUT?

This Ayah itself makes it clear who is TAGHUT.
It is those who make laws against Allah’s laws because having a law (other than that of Allah) in the first place is what make them TAGHUT.

But let’s do a CRITICAL REASONING (please read it as ‘contemplating’).

What is the issue here that they refer for?
Legislation.
What does that suggest?
Referring to those people who make legislation.
And it is making the legislation that makes them TAGHUT. It’s just that simple to understand.
But let’s put an example to make it CLEAR:
A person is injured while playing, he went to doctor. The doctor diagnosed him. Now he might give him some medicine or might refer him either to a surgeon or to a cratch shop or to a wheelchair shop.
Why he will refer to a surgeon?
Because he needs an operation. A Surgeon is he who does the operation.
Why will he refer to a crutch shop?
Because they sale the crutch.
Why will he refer to a wheelchair shop?
Because they sale the wheelchair.
Then, what is mentioned in the Ayah, what is referring to Taghut for?
For legislation (law).
Therefore, Is it now clear that someone dealing with the legislation (law) makes him TAGHUT.

But to simply put, those who legislate (Parliamentarians), Authorise (Presidents, Prime Ministers), enforce (Police, Military), implement (Judges, lawyers), work (Employees), to any laws that made by MEN which goes against a SET LAW sent by the ONLY LAWGIVER, Allah, the Creator of the universe, are called TAGHUT. Though our scholars even further widen the range of taghut to include THOSE who even SUPPLIES necessities like milk, water or whatever logistics to these taghut.

But did you notice Allah didn’t talk about TAGHUT here in relation to shaitan? 

Surprisingly, yes!

That’s because the Taghut are already out of Islam. (you can understand that by reading the link above). But Allah talking here about MUSLIMS! Those who CLAIM to be Muslims! 

What does it mean by “Those who CLAIM to be Muslims! ?”

 

Those (general people, Muslims) who obey and live in content in accepting those laws. The meaning of it is that being a Muslim and obeying the law from TAGHUT do not go together. The expression shows that Allah doesn’t ACCEPT and recognise them as Muslim.

You can understand it by an example using the same expression. “Did you see that man, who claims I owe money to him?” What does it mean to you? When do you say that? Only when you do not recognize that you ever took money from this man. It means that you have no idea what the man is talking about or what the man claims about. You tell this only when you DENY what he claims! You tell this about the man only when his claim is not acceptable to you. Inna lillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun.

What does it mean by “REFERRING the law to taghut?”  Can you please elaborate?

  • What about the Law of lending? The law of currency? The law of killing? The Law of stealing? The Law of adultery? Did Allah made RIBA (Interest) and its association HARAM for you? Then how your ‘Muslim’ government made it halal for you (which already made it (the govt.) a TAGHUT) and your ‘Islamic’ banking based on a strong connection with it while you were ORDERED to REJECT it? What other law you follow which are clearly AGAINST Allah’s law but you obey and remain content with it? Don’t you call yourself Muslim? That’s what Allah says, “they CLAIM to believe in Quran but they refer the law to taghut” Does it make sense now?
  • “While they were commanded to reject it;”
 

Does it mean they (Muslims) were commanded to REJECT it (the law from Taghut)?

No doubt about that!

  • and Satan wishes to lead them far astray.

Does it seem here Allah, Shadidul Ekab, the most severe in punishment, saying about the consequences?

Absolutely. they are leading by shaitan to astray

What does leading means?

Guidance!

What does astray means?

Only one meaning, Jahannam!

and Let’s understand a SIMPLE MATH now!

  • shaitan promised to take sons of Adam to Jahannam.
  • Here in this Ayah Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala mentions, there are those who are guided by shaitan, they are leading by shaitan.
  • Therefore, where does shaitan inevitably lead them to?
  • Only one destination, Jahannam!

And Allah, the All-Knower, knows best. May Allah save Muslims from Jahannam! Ameen!

4:60

أَلَمْ تَرَ إِلَى الَّذِينَ يَزْعُمُونَ أَنَّهُمْ آمَنُوا بِمَا أُنزِلَ إِلَيْكَ وَمَا أُنزِلَ مِن قَبْلِكَ يُرِيدُونَ أَن يَتَحَاكَمُوا إِلَى الطَّاغُوتِ وَقَدْ أُمِرُوا أَن يَكْفُرُوا بِهِ وَيُرِيدُ الشَّيْطَانُ أَن يُضِلَّهُمْ ضَلَالًا بَعِيدًا

Sahih International

Have you not seen those who claim to have believed in what was revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you? They wish to refer legislation to Taghut, while they were commanded to reject it; and Satan wishes to lead them far astray.

Bangla By  জহুরুল হক

তুমি কি তাদের দিকে চেয়ে দেখো নি যারা ভাণ করে যে তারা বিশ্বাস করে যা তোমার কাছে অবতীর্ণ হয়েছে ও যা তোমার পূর্ববর্তীদের কাছে অবতীর্ণ হয়েছে, তারা বিচার খুজঁতে চায় তাগুত থেকে, যদিও নিশ্চয়ই তাদের নির্দেশ দেয়া হয়েছিল তাকে অস্বীকার করতে? আর শয়তান চায় তাদের সুদূর বিপথে পথহারা করতে।

Bangla By Mohiudin Khan

আপনি কি তাদেরকে দেখেননি, যারা দাবী করে যে, যা আপনার প্রতি অবর্তীর্ণ হয়েছে আমরা সে বিষয়ের উপর ঈমান এনেছি এবং আপনার পূর্বে যা অবর্তীণ হয়েছে। তারা বিরোধীয় বিষয়কে শয়তানের দিকে নিয়ে যেতে চায়, অথচ তাদের প্রতি নির্দেশ হয়েছে, যাতে তারা ওকে মান্য না করে। পক্ষান্তরে শয়তান তাদেরকে প্রতারিত করে পথভ্রষ্ট করে ফেলতে চায়।

My Comment

on Bangla Translation by Mohiuddin Khan which is used in Quran.com website.:

“তারা বিরোধীয় বিষয়কে শয়তানের দিকে নিয়ে যেতে চায়”

I just do not understand, what type of translation is this? The meaning is so clear but he made the point totally unnoticeable by putting it in an ambiguous way. What possibly a general reader would get from this translation on such an important matter of shirk? I don’t want to doubt his intention. But the implication of this Ayah is so much for the govt. of Bangladesh where they follow the judicial system other than what is prescribed by Allah Subhanahu and that is why they are the Taghut’ while they call themselves Muslims, though there are Ulema who endorse them as Muslim. But clearly, Allah talking about these Muslims in this Ayah. But you can’t get closer to understand that from Mohiuddin Khan’s translation. I hope they correct it in next edition InShaaAllah. If he intentionally did it then I ask Allah to guide him and make him fear Allah not those ‘Taghut’ in power.

And Allah knows best.

Why ONLY reading a tafsir might not be enough to save you from Jahannam?

What is the most common thing in all tafsir?

The first thing they do is that they bring the background or the situation on which an Ayah is revealed. So, as for this Ayah, they describe that this Ayah was revealed for exposing the Munafiqun. Therefore, when you, as a Muslim, read it, you find no relation of this Ayah with yourself or with your situation whatsoever because you are not a Munafiq (of course you are not) and that’s where the Ayah never could impact a Muslim who thinks that reading Quran with understanding means reading a translation and reading a tafsir.

So, the situation goes, he reads the Quran with understanding and he reads tafsir too but that could not benefit him from the ultimate disaster, Jahannam, for not knowing the impact of associating with taghut.  And Allah knows best.

May Allah save us from Taghut, May Allah save us from Jahannam and May Allah give us the understanding of Deen. Ameen.