The Arabic term ‘taqiyya’ in general means ‘concealment of belief, i.e. deceit’. Muslims are allowed to use taqiyya when necessary to avoid death or injury to oneself or other Muslims. The contemporary significance of taqiyya focuses on the relationship between Muslims and non-Muslims.
Taqiyya is inspired by the example and sayings of the Prophet Mohammed described by Muslims in their Hadiths as ‘the greatest deceiver’ and praised in the Koran. Muslims have used taqiyya which they describe variously as precautionary or tactical dissimulation, religiously-sanctioned or holy deception, and/or keeping one’s conviction secret.
Koranic references addressing taqiyya include:
“God does not take you to task for any idle talk in your oath, but He does take you to task for whatever your hearts have earned. God is forgiving, lenient”. Koran 2.225
“The believers never ally themselves with the disbelievers, instead of the believers. Whoever does this is exiled from God. Exempted are those who are forced to do this to avoid persecution…” Koran 3.28
“Anyone who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters unbelief, except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in faith…” Koran 16.106
Mohammed is also quoted as saying:
“Lying is wrong, except in three things: the lie of a man to his wife to make her content with him; a lie to an enemy, for war is deception; or a lie to settle trouble between people.”
Muslim scholars have paraphrased Mohammed’s words and the above Koranic verses for us in the following:
“We smile in the face of some people (non-Muslims) while our hearts curse them.”
“Whoever at any time or place fears their (infidel’s) evil may protect themselves through outward show.”
“If you (Muslims) are under their (non-Muslim’) authority, fearing for yourselves, behave loyally to them with your tongue while harboring inner animosity for them…(know that) God has forbidden believers from being friendly or on intimate terms with the infidels rather than other believers – except when infidels are above them (in authority). Should that be the case, let them act friendly towards them while preserving their religion.”
“Doing taqiyya is acceptable till the Day of Judgment.”
Mohammed’s words have been applied in nearly every facet of relations between Muslims and non-Muslims. It appears that Muslims, who are very zealous about their religion and cause, may use taqiyya to pursue their goals without being chastened by Allah. In reality the Koran states that Allah himself is the best deceiver or schemer.
“And they cheated/deceived and God cheated/deceived and God (is) the best (of) the cheaters/deceivers.” Koran 3:54
“Did they secure God’s scheme/deceit? So no (one) trusts God’s scheme/deceit except the nation of losers…” Koran 7:99
“And when those who disbelieved deceives/schemes at you…and God deceives/schemes and God (is) best (of) the deceivers/schemers.” Koran 8:30
“And those from before them had cheated/deceived/schemed, so to God (is) all the cheatery/deceit/schemes…” Koran 13:42
Considering Islam’s own literature it is difficult at times to know exactly where Muslims stand on certain issues. Recent reports have indicated that Imam Rauf, who is associated with the proposed ground zero mosque, was a master at taqiyya.
Needless to say, taqiyya requires careful examination of several major issues facing the United States and the world. Following are several positions statements that require diplomatic scrutiny due to Islam’s taqiyya doctrine.
“We are developing nuclear technology strictly for peaceful energy purposes.”
“We want to build a Mosque near ground zero to advance interfaith relations and show our respect for those lives that were lost on 9-11.”
“We simply want to mind our own business and practice our religion of peace within your country.”
“We want to be assimilated into your society and culture.”
“We condemn all acts of violence and terrorism against anyone, Muslim or non-Muslim.”
“We are like you, i.e. we want and are striving for a peaceful two-state solution to settle the Palestinian issue.”
The Islamic doctrine of taqiyya is obviously counter Biblical and is addressed very succinctly by the Apostle James in the New Testament which reaffirms the 9th commandment given to Moses.
“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’, and your ‘No’, ‘No’, lest you fall into judgment.” James 5:12
However, beyond the religious aspect of taqiyya are monumental foreign policy issues. It’s difficult to deal with political entities when their true positions aren’t known. And there is so much at stake for America’s freedoms with the Muslim issue. Islam’s taqiyya is just one tactic being used to achieve their goal of world domination. As recently as last year a Saudi legal expert reaffirmed Islam’s international goal:
“As a member of the true religion, I have a greater right to invade (others) in order to impose a certain way of life (according to sharia), which history has proven to be the best and most just of all civilizations. This is the true meaning of offensive jihad. When we wage jihad, it is not in order to convert people to Islam, but in order to liberate them from the dark slavery in which they live.”
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