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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Taqiyya and the Long War in Africa

The Douglas Farah Post below re-introduces the concept of
Taqiyya into the Long War. It allows Islamist leaders at all levels to make promises to the enemies of the Umma in times of Jihaad that they never intend to keep.

Keep this in mind when dealing with Shabaab, AQIM and other emerging Islamist groups in Niger, Chad, Nigeria, Cameroon and the Congos.

-Shimronn Issachar

concept coveredin Shiia Dawa, but also in Islamist network groups, if not mainstream Salafi.

Another Missing Element in the AfPak Analysis
By Douglas Farah

To build on my CTB colleague Walid Phares recent post, there is another missing element in the analysis of the Taliban's recent advances in Pakistan.
It is the concept or religious precept of taqiyya in Islam and fully embraced by radical Islamists (including the Muslim Brotherhood.

It blesses the concept of disguising one's beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies from the enemy and the infidel. In practical terms it is manifested as dissimulation, lying, deceiving, vexing and confounding with the intention of deflecting attention, foiling or pre-emptive blocking.

See this paper for a deeper look at what the term implies.
So, when the Taliban negotiates certain terms of its taking over parts of Pakistan and promises certain behaviors in return for limited power there, they have no intention of keeping to the terms of the agreement.

Under the terms of taqiyya, such behavior, which we widely view as duplicitous, is simply part of the accepted ways to spread sharia law and the caliphate. It has no moral consequence except to raise the esteem of the practitioner of this art in the eyes of his cohorts.

The Rest @ Counter Terrorism Blog

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