Taqiyya: The Muslim Practice of Lying to Protect Islam Is Prevalent across Sects

“Believers should not take Kafirs [non-Muslims] as friends in preference to other [Islamic] believers.  Those who do this will have none of Allah’s protection and will only have themselves as guards.  Allah warns you to fear Him, for all will return to Him.”  —Koran 3:28



Taqiyya, in Islam, is sacred lying.  Muslims are allowed, according to Islamic doctrine, to lie to protect themselves or their ideology from being harmed by those who believe differently.  In the Muslim world, this might mean Shias lying to Sunnis, in order to protect themselves.  And in the non-Muslim world, this generally means Muslims and their apologists lying to non-Muslims in order to protect themselves or the goals of their jihadist faith.

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Taqiyya about Taqiyya

Daily, in the mainstream media, we see the public being lied to about Islam, in order to reduce people’s worries about doctrinaire Muslims.  This occurs mainly because journalists have been indoctrinated by the politically-correct institutions of higher education they attended to believe that Islam is a religion of peace and that the politically-correct thing to do is to defend Islam.  So this is what journalists tend to do.  Most journalists do not actually study the texts of Islam, but instead rely on the testimony of “experts” as to what Islam teaches and believes.  This reliance on secondary, and sometimes tertiary, sources over and above primary textual sources is not only less than ideal, it is downright irresponsible in a world that is constantly under threat of Islamic terror.

Recently, the Washington Post gave Dr. Ben Carson four Pinocchios for saying that devout Muslims often lie about the true goals of Islam to non-Muslims.  The Washington Post reporter, Glenn Kessler, who is supposed to pass for a competent fact-checker, relied on third- and fourth-rate Muslim apologists as the basis for his accusation, rather than seeking out primary, authoritative texts and the secondary writings of renowned Islamic scholars.  (You can read the inaccurate assertions of Mr. Kessler here.)

The truth is that Dr. Carson did not deserve a single Pinocchio for his statement, for what he said was 100% true!  Indeed, it is the Washington Post itself that deserves four Pinocchios for participating in such a brazen act of taqiyya in its defense of the jihadist ideology of Islam.


What Kessler Should Have Said about Taqiyya

Taqiyya 2The term taqiyya comes from the Arabic root wāw-qāf-yā, denoting fear, or protecting against danger.  Another Arabic term, taqwa, carries the meaning of piety, or fear of God, and comes from the same root.  The term taqiyya comes from the Koran.  In the Wikipedia, an exegesis of taqiyya, as derived from Koran 3:28, is offered: “‘Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends rather than believers; and whoever does this, he shall have nothing of [the guardianship of] Allah, but you should guard yourselves against them, guarding carefully (illā an tattaqū minhum tuqāt).’  The two words tattaqū (“you fear”) and tuqāt (“in fear”) are derived from this root, and the abstract noun taqiyyah refers to the general principle connected with the situation described here, first recorded in a Qur’anic gloss by Al-Bukhari (9th century).”  (You may read more about taqiyya here.)

Abu Ad-Darda, a friend and companion to Muhammad, once said “We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.”  And Ibn Kathir, the prominent Muslim scholar, asserted that Muslims who “fear for their safety from the disbelievers . . . are allowed to show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly.”  Many Muslim apologists consulting with journalists smile at them outwardly, no doubt, while cursing them inwardly, as they mislead and dissemble.


More about Muslim Lying

Lying is also permitted by Koran 16:106: “Anyone who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters Unbelief—except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in Faith—but such as open their breast to Unbelief, on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty.”  This verse, on the face of it, allows a Muslim to lie, under duress, about converting to another faith, as long as he remains a Muslim at heart.  Yet, by extension, this same verse can also be used by a Muslim to lie about converting from his true faith, because he feels compelled to do so in defense of the jihadist goals of Islam.  For example, a Muslim could run for president, all the while claiming adherence to a non-Muslim faith (such as Christianity), in order to win election to office, because the non-Muslim culture in which he was running compelled such action as a necessary part of getting elected.  It might also be worth pointing out that swearing on an entire stack of Bibles would not improve matters, when it came to taking the Presidential Oath of Office, as long as the Muslim taking the oath was still loyal to Islam in his heart.


Taqiyya Is Not Just for Shias

Although Dr. Carson initially stated, “Taqiyya is a component of Shia that allows, and even encourages you to lie to achieve your goals,” the Lebanese Druze scholar Sami Makarem, in Al Taqiyya Fi Al Islam (Dissimulation in Islam), argued that taqiyya should be considered prevalent across all sects of Islam: “Taqiyya is of fundamental importance in Islam.  Practically every Islamic sect agrees to it and practices it.  We can go so far as to say that the practice of taqiyya is mainstream in Islam, and that those few sects not practicing it diverge from the mainstream. . . .  Taqiyya is very prevalent in Islamic politics, especially in the modern era.”


Don’t Believe Everything You Read in the Newspapers

ISISIf you want to check on the veracity of what is being said in the mainstream media about Islam, a good place to begin is Robert Spencer’s Jihad Watch.  If you go to the site, you will find out the following about the man running it: “ROBERT SPENCER is . . . the author of fourteen books, including two New York Times bestsellers, The Truth About Muhammad and The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (both Regnery).  His latest book is The Complete Infidel’s Guide to ISIS (Regnery).  Spencer has led seminars on Islam and jihad for the United States Central Command, United States Army Command and General Staff College, the US Army’s Asymmetric Warfare Group, the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the US intelligence community.”  In other words, Robert Spencer is a heavy-hitter on the subject of Islam.  Another credible site to check for updates on the terrorism being perpetrated by Muslims is author Pamela Geller’s site.

Also, for comparison of news sources across the political spectrum, go to Free Republic. In an age where CNN is now photo-shopping a mixed-race, dark-skinned Umpqua Community College shooter to make him appear white, research across sites becomes an ongoing necessity, to ensure that you are receiving the most accurate picture of events possible and do not end up believing a media lie.


The Importance of Understanding Islam

Over 85% of Islam is found in the Hadith (Traditions) and the Sira (Biography) of Muhammad.  The Koran does not give enough information to perform even one of the Five Pillars of Islam, so understanding the Hadith and the Sira are key.  Here are some recommendations for self-study:

The Koran.

The highly authoritative Hadith of Bukhari (because Bukhari only reported stories that could be traced directly to Muhammad or a person who knew Muhammad).

The Sira by Ibn Ishaq (Life of Muhammad by Ibn Ishaq).

Lessons about Islam from Bill Warner.

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