لَا إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ ۖ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ ۚ فَمَن يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِن بِاللَّهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىٰ لَا انفِصَامَ لَهَا ۗ وَاللَّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ (256)
اللَّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا يُخْرِجُهُم مِّنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّورِ ۖ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا أَوْلِيَاؤُهُمُ الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُم مِّنَ النُّورِ إِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ ۗ أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ (257)
القرآن الكريم، سورة البقرة: 256–257~
Let there be no compulsion in religion. Verily, the right path has become distinct from the path of error. Whosoever rejects the powers of evil (tāghūt) and believes in God has indeed grasped the most trustworthy hand-hold, that never breaks, for God is all-hearing, all-knowing.
God is the Protector of those who have faith, bringing them out of darkness into the light — whereas those who are bent on denying the truth (kafarū) are allied with the powers of evil (tāghūt) that bring them out of the light and into deep darkness: it is they who are destined for the fire, therein to abide.
~ Qur’an 2:256–257
One of the primary themes of the Qur’an is the danger — both spiritual and worldly — of allowing pretense to masquerade as reality. The language of the Qur’an describes this phenomenon as “deliberately closing one’s heart to the truth,” or kufr. Those who willfully close their hearts to the truth are described as infidels (sin. kāfir; pl. kufār).
In Islamic theology, tāghūt: (literally, “to go beyond the (true) measure”) is a term that encompasses both demonic forces and earthly tyrants who encourage falsehood, including the worship of false deities. The Qur’an presents Pharaoh as a classic example of a tāghūt — compelling Egyptians to worship him as a god and obey his every whim — while Moses opened his heart to God’s light and obeyed His command to confront Pharoah with the truth.