Good definition for the word Taghout

الصواب من القول عندي في الطاغوت أنه كل ذي طغيان على الله ، فعبد من دونه ، إما بقهر منه لمن عبده ، وإما بطاعة ممن عبده له ، إنساناً كان ذلك المعبود ، أو شيطاناً أو وثناً أو صنماً أو كائناً ما كان من شيء

“The correct opinion concerning Taaghoot, in my view, is that it refers to everyone who arrogates to himself a position that is befitting only for Allaah, and so is worshipped instead of Him, either by forcing others to worship him or by accepting their willing worship. The one that is thus worshipped may be a human being, or a shaytaan (devil), or an idol, or a statue, or fortune teller, or some other being”.

[“Tafsir al-Tabari”].

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