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al-Muttaqūn and al-Mushrikūn — Their Differences


Chances are, when reading al-Qur'an, you may have come across these two terms "al-Muttaqūn" and "al-Mushrikūn". These sound very similar, but how do they differentiate? This concise article will explain this.

What do they mean?

al-Muttaqūn means and refers to the pious people. They are people with Islamic Monotheism who fear Allah much and obey Him. They abstain from what Allah has forbidden and love Him much.

Allah says in the Qur'an:

"Verily, for the Muttaqūn, there will be a success (Paradise)." (1)

As for al-Mushrikūn, they are the complete opposite of al-Muttaqūn. They commit Shirk, disobey Allah and have no fear in Him, associate partners with Him and often do actions that which Allah has forbidden to us.

Allah says in the Qur'an:

"And al-Mushrikūn, will abide in the Fire of hell." (2)

There is also another term which relates to al-Mushrikūn, which is the Zalimūn, meaning just about the same as al-Mushrikūn.

I ask Allah to protect us from being among al-Mushrikūn, and make us all of al-Muttaqun in Jannat al-Firdous.

May Allah bless you, and shukran.

Sources :

1. Qurʾān 79:31

2. Qurʾān 98:6