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Al-Salamu Alaykum

And know that among you is the Messenger of Allah . If he were to obey you in much of the matter, you would be in difficulty, but Allah has endeared to you the faith and has made it pleasing in your hearts and has made hateful to you disbelief, defiance and disobedience. Those are the [rightly] guided [49:7]

Every Muslim believes in bara'ah. We declare bara'ah from kufr, from shirk, from the taghut, from bid'ahs, from deviance, from fisq and even from small sins. We display this bara'ah in many ways, it can be done through our hearts (aversion), through our mouths (preaching, cursing, insulting) and sometimes through our physical actions (force).

One of the most important ways to display bara'ah is to declare your opposition to the symbols of kufr and deviance, whether they be alive or dead. 

May Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى make us from among those who never fall short when it comes to the obligation of doing bara'ah.

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Walaykum Salam

Allah intimately connected disbelieving in taghut with belief in Allah (2:256). They are inseparable, belief in Allah without disbelief in taghut is useless. The mushrikeen believed in Allah but would not reject taghut. Allah commands us to worship him and to not worship Satan as he is a clear enemy to us (36:60). Allah ordered that the imams of disbelief to be fought (9:12). Allah informs us that He and His messenger made bara'ah from the mushrikeen (9:1). Allah has told us that the Jews and Christians took their rabbis and monks as lords besides Allah (9:31). Imam Sadiq (as) is narrated to have commented on this verse saying, "By Allah, they did not fast for them, nor did they pray to them, rather they made allowed for them (something) forbidden, and forbade upon them (something) allowed, so they followed them.". Obeying a human authority can be shirk, it is not just limited to idol worship. The hypocrites instead of submitting the authority of the revelation of the prophet (sawa) desired the hukm of taghut even though they were commanded to reject it. (4:60-61).

As we can see affirmation and denial, belief and disbelief are tightly bound together and cannot be separated. Wilayah can never be complete without bara'ah. Either you obey Harun (as) and worship Allah or you obey Samiri and worship the calf, you cannot choose both.  To hold to the wilayah of the imams of disbelief and the imams of ahlul bayt (as) is shirk, just as it is shirk to believe in Allah and taghut. The believer is the one who believes in Allah and the imams of ahlul bayt (as) while rejecting taghut and the enemies of ahlul bayt (as).

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