Allah, Exalted and Glorified be He, says:
And verily, We have sent among every Ummah (community, nation) a Messenger (proclaiming): "Worship Allâh (Alone), and avoid (or keep away from) Tâghût (all false deities, etc. i.e. do not worship Tâghût besides Allâh)."(Surah An-Nahl 16:36)
Keywords and Phrases
• Messenger: The prophet to whom a Divine Law has been revealed and whom Allah commanded to impart it to the people.
• Worship Allah: To devote all acts of worship solely to Him.
• Taghuut(False Deities): This term refers to false objects of worship, including any person accepting to be adored besides Allah.
General Meaning of the Qur`anic Verse
According to this Qur`anic verse, Almighty Allah sent Messengers for every nation and generation inviting them to solely worship Him and avoid deifying false deities. For this very ultimate goal did Allah dispatch Messengers, since polytheism first originated at the time of Nuh (allayhis salam) until the finality of Prophethood through the advent of Muhammad (allayhis salam wassalam).
Relevance of the Qur`anic Verse to the Chapter
The verse expounds that the mission of all prophets and their followers is to call people to believe in one God and prohibit them from committing any act of polytheism.
Lessons Drawn from the Qur`anic Verse
• The divine wisdom behind dispatching Messengers is to invite people to monotheism and prohibit them from the perpetration of acts of entailing polytheism.
• Though they are various legislations, all Messengers call for one common religion, which is consisted in devoting all acts of worship solely to Allah and associating no partner with Him.
• Divine Message has pervaded in all nations and Allah’s proof was established on all so that no one may be excused on the Day of Resurrection.
• The significance of monotheism, which is held incumbent upon all nations.
• The Qur`anic verse implied the same meaning expressed in the Two Testifications of faith (Testifying that there is no deity worthy of worship but Allah and that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. In addition to negating the validity of worshipping any false deity, it proved Allah as the sole God. Therefore, perfect monotheism should combine both disapproval of false deities and absolute approval of Allah’s divinity.