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TAGHUT. The term taghut, from the root tghy ("to rebel, transgress, or overstep the mark"), occurs eight times in the Qur'an, where it denotes a focus of worship other than God and so is often translated as "idols" or "Satan." But its meaning is wider than this: surah 4.6o refers to taking cases for judgment before tdghut, implying earthly authorities that have taken the place of God. ...more

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