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Monday, April 16, 2007


This Islamic doctrine is worth exploring. I Grant you that there are some Shia-Sunni differences of opinion on how to interpret this doctrine, but how should this impact the Secularist Infidel who is attempting to negotiate in honest dialogue? (See below)


In Islamic tradition, Taqiyya (التقية - 'fear, guard against')[1] is the dispensation allowing believers to conceal their faith when under threat, persecution or compulsion. It is based on Qur'an verses 3:28 and 16:106 as well as hadith, tafsir literature, and juridical commentaries.[2]

Sunnis assert that Taqiyya is an act of hypocrisy that serves to conceal the truth. According to them, Taqiyya constitutes a lack of faith and trust in God because the person who conceals his beliefs to spare himself from danger is fearful of humans, when he should be fearful of God only

From Wikipedia

Further, Al Islam has a position paper on al Taqiyya. And I quote:

"Ibn Abbas also commented on the above verse, as narrated in Sunan al-Bayhaqi and Mustadrak al-Hakim, by saying:

"al-Taqiyya is the uttering of the tongue, while the heart is comfortable with faith."

NOTE: The meaning is that the tongue is permitted to utter anything in a time of need, as long as the heart is not affected; and one is still comfortable with faith."

In Fairness a Sunni Commentator says:

"The (Sunni) commentator of this volume of Sahih Muslim, Abdul Hamid Siddiqi, provides the following commentary:

Telling of a lie is a grave sin but a Muslim is permitted to tell a lie in some exceptional cases, and this permission is given especially on three occasions:
  • in case of battle for bringing reconciliation amongst the hostile Muslims
  • and for bringing reconciliation between the husband and the wife.
  • On the analogy [Qiyas] of these three cases, the scholars of Hadith have pointed out some other exemptions: for saving the life and honor of innocent person from the highhandedness of tyrants and oppressors if one finds no other way to save them. "

Again, from the Al Islam position paper on al Taqiyya.

If I ask a Muslim Scholar if it is the intention of Islam to take my country by persuasion, failing that, submission as a Dimmi, failing that, to kill me and take my family in Land,

...I think he would invoke al Taqiyya and tell me, with a smile, "Islam is a religion of peace and that Jihad is only for the internal war." Yet in his heart he would still be comfortable with his faith and say to himself,

"resistance is futile, you will be assimilated"


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