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A PERSON'S ISLAM IS NOT VALID 

EXCEPT WITH 











Original Arabic Title: CjgolbJU jjiSJI cu ill cjjxII ^iLuul il 
Original Publisher: Himmah Publications 
Translated and Edited by: Ahlut-Tawhid Publications 


Published: Ramadan 1440 



,DlPjJI jjoojJI cUUl jOjjjj 


All praise belongs to Allah; and may the salah and salam [of Allah] be upon the 
Messenger of Allah, his family, his companions, and all those who allied with 
him. As for what follows: 

Verily, Allah (jalla wa jalalahuj did not create the jinn and mankind except for 
His worship alone with no partner set up with Him, as He ( ta‘ala ) said: 

jgjLLQlJ Ul (jjuuUlg jxJI LAitlx Log 


‘And I did not create the. jinn and mankind except to worship Me 


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So if you comprehended this, then know, that ‘ibadah (worship) is not 
considered ‘ibadah except with tawhid, just as salah is not considered salah except 
with taharah (purification). And just like when hadath (filth) enters upon one’s 
taharah it nullifies it, indeed, when shirk is mixed with ‘ibadah it renders it void 
and nullifies any actions done and makes the doer from those who will remain 
in the Fire. He (ta ‘aid) stated: 


(jjog xLuju (jjdJ dJLJj jgo Lo jq ojg ou dJjjuuu jl jqoj U aJUl jl 
Looiox Lou I AJJjuuu 


“Indeed, Allah does not forgive shirk with Him, but He forgives what is 
less than that for whom He wills. And he who associates others with 
Allah has certainly fabricated a tremendous sin .” 1 2 


1 Surah adh-Dhariyat: 56. 

2 Surah an-Nisa: 48. 



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And He ( subhanahu ) said: 


Log “jIjLJI 6 1gUog diidl oilr: dJJI ton aJUU dJjjuuu jjo oil 

jLAjI (jjo j-LoJUduU 


“Indeed, he who associates others with Allah - Allah has forbidden him 
Paradise, and his refuge is the Fire. And there are not for the 
wrongdoers any helpers .” 3 


Therefore, when you - O slave of Allah - became sure that the most important 
aspect that you should actualize is tawhid and that the most important matter 
upon you to avoid is shirk , then know, that your tawhid is not valid except with 
kufr hit-taghut. Because kufr hit-taghut is from the foundation of the din of Islam 
and the first obligation Allah ( ta‘ala ) placed on the children of Adam and the 
first matter the Prophets and the Messengers called their people towards. The 
evidence for that is His {ta'ala ) statement: 


CigiiLlaJI IgjjJidg dill Igdidl jl Ugjuuj did Lj_5 ^ Uulqj dAJg 


“And We certainly sent into every nation a messenger, [saying], 
‘Worship Allah and avoid the taghutd ” 4 

In this noble verse “He ( ta'ala ) informed us that He sent a messenger to each 
group, era, and generation of mankind ever since shirk appeared with the 
people of Nuh until the seal of the prophets Muhammad ( sallallahu ‘alayhi wa 
sallam ), ordering them to ‘worship Allah’ which means to single Him out with 
worship ‘and avoid the taghut’ which means to abandon and separate from 
anything that is worshiped other than Him. For this the creation was created, 
the Messengers dispatched, and the Books sent down. ‘And avoid’ is a way of 
saying ‘and to abandon.’ Indeed, leaving is a lack to act and abandoning 


3 Surah al-Maidah: 72. 

4 Surah an-Nahl: 36. 







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necessitates that, and it requires distancing and seperating yourself from it. 
This ayah is the meaning of ‘la ila ha illallah, ’ and includes nafi (negation) and 
ithbat (affirmation) just like ‘la ilaha illallah. ’ His saying: ‘worship Allah,’ is ithbat 
and His saying: ‘avoid the taghut’ is nafi.” s 

Therefore, man does not become a believer in Allah except with kufr bit-taghut. 
Allah {ta‘ala) said: 


U (H.iijgJI ogj-oJU dJLuuuaLuuI too aJUU jjogjg Og_eUaJU j-dAj jjdi) 
( oalc g-poudj dLlg "t&J 6JI 


“So whoever disbelieves in the taghut and believes in Allah has grasped 
the most trustworthy handhold with no break in it. And Allah is Hearing 

and Knowing .” 5 6 

Here the most trustworthy handhold is tawhid (the testimony that la ilaha 
illallah ), which consists of two pillars. The first is kufr bit-taghut , and it is what is 
contained in ‘la ilaha’. The second pillar is man in Allah, and it is what is 
contained in ‘illallah’. Thus there is no Islam without grasping the trustworthy 
handhold (the word of tawhid), and the slave does not grasp the trustworthy 
handhold except when he disbelieves in the taghut. This is a command well 
known and submitted to; agreed upon; known in the din by necessity; no one 
whom Allah has enlighted his heart with tawhid disputes it. 

In order to disbelieve in the taghut - O slave of Allah - you should know the 
meaning of taglout, its types, and its heads, along with the characteristics of 
disbelieving in it. So that you may fulfill this pillar of kufr bit-taghut completely 
and become a pure mmvahhid as a result. 


5 See ibn Qasim, Hashiyah Kitab at-Taivhid. 

6 Surah al-Baqarah: 256. 






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The Linguistic and SharH Definition of Taghut 


Taghut linguistically: he exceeded and went beyond; he exceeds; tughyan: 
exceeding the limits. So whatever exceeds the limits and boundaries has tagha 
and he is tagh; and tagha al-bahr , when the waves begin to swell up, as in His 
( ta‘ala ) saying: 


djjliJl ( cl5LlLol 3 £L6JI ^ LoJ U] 

“Verily, when the water tagha. We carried your ancestors in the sailing 

ship .” 7 

Meaning: when the water rose and exceeded its normal limits, We carried Nuh 
(‘ alayhis-salam ) and the believers on the ship. And taghut is derived from tughan. 
Taghut can be single or plural, and masculine or feminine; the plural of taghut is 
tawaghit , 8 

The shar‘i meaning was defined by Shaykhul-Islam ibn Taymiyyah with his 
statement: “ Taghut is from tughyan, and tughyan is to exceed the limits and 
bounds. Thus the ma’bud (object of worship) besides Allah, if he does not 
dislike that happening, is a taghut. And the one obeyed in disobedience to Allah 
is a taghut. For that reason the one who judges by other than the Book of Allah 
is a taghut , and Firiawn and ‘Ad are tughahT 9 

Imam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhab stated: “Taghut is general for everything 
that is worshipped besides Allah .” 10 

Shaykh ‘Abdullah ibn ‘Abdur-Rahman Aba Butayn said: “Taghut includes every 
ma’bud besides Allah and every head of dalala (misguidance) that calls to 
falsehood and beautifies it and everyone who sets up the rulings of jahiliyyah 

' Surah al-Haqqah: 11. 

8 See Usan at-Arab and As-Sihah. 

9 See Majmn’al-Yatmva. 

10 See Kitab at-Tau’hid. 





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for the people to judge between themselves with. It includes the soothsayer, 
magician, the defenders of idols, and the one who calls to the worship of the 
graves.” 11 

Shaykh Sulayman ibn Sahman remarked: “There are multiple sayings of the 
Salaf concerning the definition of the taghut , and the best of what has been said 
is what ibnul-Qayyim ( rahimahullah ) said in I’lam al-Muwaqqi'in: ‘The taghut is 
anything by which the slave transgresses the limits through worship, following, 
or obedience. Thus the taghut of any people is whom they seek judgment from 
other than Allah and His messenger, or whom they worship alongside Allah, 
or whom they follow without guidance from Allah, or whom they obey in 
what they do not know to be in obedience to Allah.’ ” 12 


The Types and Heads of the Tawaghit 


“The taghut is of three types: (1) the taghut of ruling, (2) the taghut of worship, 
(3) the taghut of obedience and following.” 13 


The tawaghit are many but their heads are five: 


First: the Shaytan who calls to the worship of other than Allah. He ( ta‘ala ) said: 


(j-ujo gjLC ( oAJ cul ^UcujujUI IgjuAJ U jl Id f cx_S_U] jlQlcI ^Jl 


“Did I not enjoin upon you, O children of Adam, that you not worship 
the Shaytan - [for] indeed, he is to you a clear enemy .” 14 


Thus the Shaytan is the biggest taghut , who is ever insistent on deviating the 
people from the obedience of Allah. And there are humans who share with the 
Shaytan in diverting people away from the obedience of Allah; they are tawaghit , 


11 See Ad-Dnrar as-Saniyyah. 

12 Ibid. 

13 Ibid. 

14 Surah Ya-Sin: 60. 





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as well. 

Second: the ruler who alters the rulings of Allah. He ( ta‘ala ) said: 


liili-D jjo JjJI Log liliJI JjJI Lou IgJuol ( oi)ui jgjocjJ jjjJl uJ|_P 

" -Do " ”* ^ " S> ^ __ „ _ — " 

ojjjg au IgjiiAi jl Ig_pol A_og LJgiilkoJI ^Jl lgjOL5L5aJ jl jgojjj 
Iaoqj ULLo ( aeLLpJ jl jllcLuljl 

“Have you not seen those who claim to have believed in what was 
revealed to you, [O Muhammad], and what was revealed before you? 
They want to go to the taghut for judgment (i.e., take a ruling from other 
than what Allah revealed), while they were commanded to disbelieve in 
it; and Shaytan wishes to lead them far astray .” 15 

From these are the heads of states and governments, kings and leaders who 
substitute (tabdil) the rulings of Allah with fabricated man-made laws, 
customary laws, and tribal traditions, or dismantle a legislated ruling, such as 
abolishing the hududjihad , and ^akah. 

Third: whoever judges by other than what Allah revealed. He ( ta‘ala ) said: 

jgji)li)JI pb lillJgLd dJJI JjJI Lou ,oiJu ,01 jjog 


“And whoever does not judge by what Allah has revealed - then it is 
those who are the disbelievers .” 16 


Ibnul-Qayyim said: “Whoever takes a ruling in his dispute according to other 
than Allah and His messenger has judged according to the taghuP, and verily, he 
was ordered to disbelieve in it. The slave will not have disbelieved in the taghut 
until he singles out judgment for Allah.” 17 


15 Surah an-Nisa: 60. 

16 Surah al-Maidah: 44. 

17 See Tariq al-Hijratayn. 







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Therefore, if a ruler or judge rules between disputing parties according to other 


than what Allah revealed - for instance he judged by fabricated man-made laws 
or social customs or his whims 18 - he apostates from the din of Allah and 


becomes a taghut. Likewise, everyone who goes to this ruler by other than what 
Allah revealed to seek judgment, from the disputing parties, are kuffar. He 
ita'ala) said: 




IollLuuu IgjodLuuug CjujiOlD louo l£>J5 


“But no, by your Lord, they will not believe until they make you, [O 
Muhammad], judge concerning that over which they dispute among 
themselves and then find within themselves no discomfort from what 
you have judged and submit in [full, willing] submission .” 19 

So Allah ( subhanahu) negated man from them because they did not judge 
according to the law of Allah between themselves, in the same way Allah 
negated the man from whoever goes to the taghut to seek a ruling or intends or 
wants to go to it, as mentioned in the aforementioned ayah. 


CjgiiLkLjl (J\ IgjoblLLu jl jgjujj 


“They want to go to the taghut for judgment .” 20 


Fourth: whoever claims knowledge of the unseen. He ( ta‘ala ) said: 



OgloJj Obi 


18 In his tafsir of the ayah “And whoever does not judge by what Allah revealed - then it is those who 
are the kafirung al-Baghawi (d. 516 H) relates from a group of scholars that: “This is when [judging in 
a case] he goes against the ruling of Allah deliberately. But if the matter was unclear to him or he made 
a mistake in its interpretation, then it does not apply.” (ed.) 


19 Surah an-Nisa: 65. 

20 Surah an-Nisa: 60. 












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“Say, ‘None in the heavens and earth knows the unseen except Allah, 
and they do not perceive when they will be resurrected.’ ” 21 


So whoever claims to know the unseen is a taghut. Because he made himself a 
partner to Allah and claims an attribute from the attributes of rububijjah. 
Al-Haqq ( subhanahu ) said: 


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“And with Him are the keys of the unseen; none knows them except 

Him.” 22 


And He (jallafi ‘ ulahu) said: 

1331 cuic lib i_ii3JI ^Jlc 


“[He is] Knower of the unseen, and He does not disclose His 
[knowledge of the] unseen to anyone.” 23 

And so the claimant of knowledge of the unseen has belied the Noble Quran. 
It is a duty upon the Muslim to warn anyone from going to whoever claims to 
know the unseen, like the magician, the soothsayer, and the fortune-teller. And 
to warn from believing what they claim, as well. The Messenger of Allah 
(sallallahu ‘alayhi wa salla?ti) said: 

Logj (J-lqjjI olJ3o aJ Jjiu j-^ tJUjuld loljx Qjo 


“Whoever goes to a fortune-teller and asks him about anything, his salah 
will not be accepted for 40 nights.” 24 


21 Surah an-Naml: 65. 

22 Surah al-An‘am: 59. 

23 Surah al-Jinn: 26. 

24 Collected by Muslim. 



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And he ( sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallani) said: 

ajocuo tJLc JjJI lou j_q_ 5 ton cldju^dld LdIjx gl Li©L5 jjo 

“Whoever goes to a soothsayer or fortune-teller and believes him has 
disbelieved in what was revealed upon Muhammad.” 25 

Therefore, merely going to the magicians, soothsayers, and fortune-tellers is 
the reason for the salah not being accepted. And if that is coupled with 
believing them in what they claim, then that is a reason for kufr. 

Fifth: whoever is worshipped besides Allah and he is pleased with that, or 
whomever calls the people to the worship of himself. The proof for this is His 
( ta‘ala ) statement: 


(5jiu dJUii> aujiu dJU-Lb ougj jjo dJI ^j\ ( aeujo JiL" jjog 

j^joJUdJI 

“And whoever of them should say, ‘Indeed, I am a god besides Him’ - 
that one We will recompense with Hell. Thus do We recompense the 

wrongdoers.” 26 

Thus ‘ibadah is a right that belongs to Allah (‘asga wa jail) and no one has the 
right to call to the worship of himself or to the worship of anyone besides 
Allah ( ta‘ala ). So whoever does that or does not do that but is pleased that he is 
worshipped besides Allah is a taghut. Ibn ‘Atiyyah said that al-Qadi Abu 
Muhammad said: “whoever is worshipped besides Allah is a taglout, and this 
label is correct in relation to everyone who is worshipped and is pleased with 
that, for instance Fir‘awn and Nimrud. But for whoever is not pleased with 
that, such as ‘Uzayr and ‘Isa (jalayhimas-salairi) , it does not apply.” 27 


25 Collected by Ahmad and others. The hadith Is hasan. 

26 Surah al-Anbiya: 29. 

27 See Al-Muharrar al-Waji\fi Tafsir al-Kitab al-‘A%i%. 






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These are the five taghutiyyah heads that Shaykh Muhammad ibn 
‘Abdil-Wahhab ('rahimahullah ) mentioned in his treatise. And the tawaghit today 
are many. From them: the gatherings of legislations (the parliaments) which 
formulate the fabricated man-made laws to judge the people with, in 
substitution of the law of Allah ( ta'ala ). Included in this are the UN Security 
Council and the International Court of “Justice”. All of these bodies call to the 
worship and obedience of other than Allah and to follow and rule by other 
than the law of Allah. And from today’s tawagioit are the Ministries of Security, 
Defense, and Interior which fight against the law of Allah and execute the 
judgments of the courts and are in charge of implementing man-made law... 
And from the tawaghit is the idol of democracy and the idol of patriotism and 
nationalism. And many others from the modern tawaghit. 


The Description of Kufr bit- Taghut (How to Actualize 
Kufr bit-Taghut): 


Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhab stated: “Concerning the description of 
kufr hit-taghut , then verily, it is that you believe in the invalidity of worship done 
to other than Allah and to leave it and to hate it being done and to declare 
takfir of its people and have hostility towards them. In regards to the meaning 
of iman in Allah, then verily, it is that you believe that Allah is the only one 
who should be worshipped and not anything else other than Him and to purify 
all types of worship for Allah and to negate it from everything else that is 
worshipped other than Him and to love and ally with the people of ikhlas and 
to hate and take as enemies the people of shirk. This is Millatu Ibrahim which 
only a fool would abandon. And this is the example that Allah informed about 
in His statement: 


( aajogiLJ IgJ 15 j] don jjjJlg ( d-L©ljjl djuuuo ogjuul ( dij CjuIA jld 
juSuLug Uulu IdJg pSj Uj_di> oUUI jgd jjo jgd-LQj louog ,diuijo £ljj Ul 

J, Co -D o -D 5 ' __ ]T — O o -0 o 

od5g aJUU IgJuogj (J3 I5JI cLAiJJIg ogLLoJI 





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There has already been for you an excellent example in Ibrahim and 
those with him, when they said to their people: ‘Indeed, we are 
disassociated from you and from whatever you worship other than Allah. 

We have rejected you, and there has appeared between us and you 
animosity and hatred forever until you believe in Allah alone’ (al-Mumtahanah: 


He also said: “The meaning of kufr bit-taghut is that you disassociate from 
everything that is believed in besides Allah, whether a jinn or a man or a tree or 
a stone or other than that. And that you bear witness to its kufr and 
misguidance and that you hate it, even if he was your father or brother.” 28 

Shaykh Sulayman ibn Sahman remarked: “He ( ta‘ala ) said: 

( aaJ oJUl (Jl IgjUlg l©gjjA2j jl OgiillaJI Igjjuiid 
jLLc jjuillo 

And those who avoid the taghut, lest they worship it, and turn back to 
Allah - for them are good tidings. So give the good tidings to My slaves 

[az-Zumar :17] • 


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These ayat contains proof to avoid it - meaning the taghut - from many angles. 
And what is meant by ‘avoid’ is to hate it and have animosity to it with the 
heart and to curse and revile it with the tongue and to remove it depending on 
one’s ability and to separate from it. So whoever claims to avoid the taghut yet 
does not do [all] that, is not truthful [in his claim].” 29 

However, it is not enough to actualize the pillar of kufr bit-taghut by merely 
takfir of the tawaghit. Rather, it is obligatory to declare takfir of them and their 
followers. And the followers of the tawaghit are those who divert worship to 
the tawaghit and obey them and follow them - in whatever form that takes. 


28 See Ad-Dnrar as-Sanijjah. 

29 Ibid. 







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Whether that be by prostrating to the taghut or seeking a ruling and judgment 
from it or obeying it in disobedience to Allah or other than that. 

From the followers of the modern tawaghit: their soldiers and militaries, their 
personnel and security, their media, their scholars, and their muftis, etc., those 
the muwahhid has no doubt in that they are kuffar. 

Shaykh ‘Abdur-Rahman ibn Hasan ibn Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhab said: 
“If one knows the meaning of ‘la ilaha illallah’ then he will know that whoever 
doubts or is uncertain in regards to the kujr of whoever associates another with 
Allah, has not disbelieved in the taghut. ,” 30 

With reference to the peak of kufr bit-taghut , then it is fighting the tawaghit and 
the followers of the tawaghit to raise the word of Allah. He ( ta'ala ) said: 

Jjjjuu jgJULoj Igj_o_5 <jjjJlg "ui-JI dd-pL lA? jgJUlQJ IgJuoI jjjJI 

” = " , - __ o 2 __ o - s - __ o " o p -o - - - 

i q i 9 a/d jL5 jUajjujJI Ap jl ^UoJjujlJI tiLLJgl IgJJlcLb CigiiLloJI 

“Those who believe fight in the cause of Allah, and those who disbelieve 
fight in the cause of the taghut. So fight against the allies of Shaytan. 
Indeed, the plot of Shaytan has ever been weak.” 31 

And it is worthy to mention that from the most important requirements to 
avoid the modern tawaghit is separating from them and their followers and to 
not live with them and to not dwell among them and to leave them and 
perform hijrah from their lands. These are imperative for whoever wants to 
fulfill: 


jg-clioJI IgjjLpI ijjgJig 


30 Ibid. 

31 Surah an-Nisa: 76. 










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“And those who avoid the taghut .” 32 

And: 


LdgiiUaJI Igiiiolg dill IgAirl jl 


“Worship Allah and avoid the taghut .” 33 

And hijrah from the lands of kufr filled with all types of tawaghit to Darul-lslam 
free from the tawaghit. He ( ta‘ala ) said about what Ibrahim (‘ alayhis-salam ) said 
and did with the tawaghit of his people: 


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(^jj cIcaj (jg_51 Ul LajLlc U.J 9-CJlg olJUI jgo jjo jg_cAj Log f oAJjlclg 

UinL 


“And I will leave you and those you invoke other than Allah and will 
invoke my Lord. I expect that I will not be in invocation to my Lord 

unhappy.” 


And the Prophet ( sallallahu ‘alayhi wa sallani) said: 


jAJol jii (O-loJ (OLjuiu) dJdS (jj? £(5Jd W 


“I am free from every Muslim that lives between the mushrikin.” 34 

Ibnul-Qayyim said: “The Messenger of Allah ( sallallahu ‘alayhi iva sallani) 
prevented the Muslim from settling among the mushrikin when he had the 
ability to leave them.” Then he ( rahimahullah ) referenced this hadith and other 
ahadith . 35 


52 Surah az-Zumar: 17. 

33 Surah an-Nahl: 36. 

34 Collected by Abu Dawud and at-Tirmidhi. The hadith is sahib. 

35 See Zadal-Ma‘adft Hadji Khayr al-lbad. 



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And all praise belongs to Allah that He opened for the Muslimin today lands of 
hijrah and jihad : the Islamic Khilafah upon the prophetic methodology, ruling 
by the law of Allah within. Islam therein is dominant and kufr suppressed with 
no place for any taghut or its followers. May Allah preserve the Islamic State, 
maintain its shade, humiliate its enemies and opponents and enable its men to 
uproot every tawaghit on earth. 

Important Advice 


We close with the advice of Imam Muhammad ibn ‘Abdil-Wahhab 
(rahmahullah ), where he said: “O my brothers! Allah Allah! Hold onto the 
foundation of your din\ its beginning, its end, its core, and its head: the 
testimony that la ilaha illallah. Learn its meaning, love it, love its people, and 
make them your brothers, even if they are far away. Disbelieve in the tawaghit 
and have animosity to them and hate them and whoever loves them or defends 
them or does not declare takfir of them or says ‘nothing is upon me in relation 
to them’ or ‘Allah has not held me responsible concerning them anything’. 
Verily, whoever said that has fabricated a lie against Allah. Rather, Allah has 
held him responsible in relation to them and has made it compulsory to 
disbelieve in them and to disassociate from them, even if they were his 
brothers and children. So Allah Allah! Hold steadfast upon the foundation of 
your din so that perhaps you may meet your Lord not having committed any 
shirk with Him. O Allah! take us as Muslbnin and join us with the righteous.” 36 


36 See Ad-Durar As-Saniyyah. 




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