What is Taqiyya?

IN SEVERAL Quranic passages as well as the example of Mohammad, Muslims are encouraged to deceive non-Muslims when it will help protect Islam. It is known as the principle of "taqiyya" or "religious deception."

This is less surprising if you first understand that in mainstream Islamic teachings, the world is divided into "the house of Islam" and "the house of war." That is, part of the world is Islamic and the other part has yet to brought into the light with Allah's holy law (Sharia).

And since relations with the non-Islamic part of the world exists in a state of war, then deceit is an appropriate strategy, used by all military commanders since the beginning of warfare.


As Raymond Ibrahim wrote, the Quranic verses 3:28 and 16:106, as well as Muhammad’s famous assertion, “War is deceit,” have all led to the formulation of a number of doctrines of "taqiyya.” And this is not an obscure point of theology. It is being practiced today by devout Muslims. See some examples of taqiyya caught on tape.

In the book, Terrorist Hunter: The Extraordinary Story of a Woman Who Went Undercover to Infiltrate the Radical Islamic Groups Operating in America, Rita Katz wrote about being at an IAP conference in Chicago. IAP is the Islamic Association for Palestine. There were lots of booths at the conference for "charitable" organizations, and at one of these booths, Katz met a man she already knew about: Muhammad Salah. She pretended she didn't know who he was, and he introduced himself as a "Muslim human rights activist."

Katz, a non-Muslim woman dressed as a Muslim, wrote, "He was small, thin, nearly bald. Totally harmless looking." He told her these conferences were so important because "we can teach you about the oppression and sufferings of Muslims in America and all over the world."

Then he told Katz his story. He had been a Palestinian with an American citizenship, a used-car salesman, working in Chicago when he went to Israel to "visit family and friends." But in Israel he was arrested by the Israeli authorities and thrown into prison for five years!

Katz looked appropriately appalled and asked
why in heaven's name would they put him in prison? "Because the Israelis oppress innocent Palestinians," he said. "And do you know what is the most shocking part? When I returned to the U.S., after I was tortured and I thought I was going to die in that prison, the Americans placed me under investigation and froze my assets! Me, an innocent citizen, a car dealer, a family man, father of five!"

To any other kafir this probably would have been a convincing story. The poor, oppressed Muslim! It's just wrong to treat people that way. Those Israelis must be very cruel. Those Americans are so oppressive to Muslims!

But Katz was not an ordinary kafir. She researched people like Salah for a living. She knew all about him. This frail, innocent-looking man was the leader of the worldwide military wing of Hamas, a brutal terrorist organization! When he was arrested in Israel he had a hundred thousand dollars in cash on him. In his testimony, he admitted the money was supposed to go to "members of Hamas's military wing." He displayed detailed inside knowledge of Hamas's structure and funding, and his testimony was later used as evidence in the New York trial of Musa Abu Marzook, the leader of the political bureau of Hamas (and the man who had appointed Salah to his position as leader of the military wing).
Katz writes:
"Salah disclosed (in his testimony) that he'd been authorized by Marzook to recruit individuals for training in the uses of explosives to fight in the 'holy war.' In the United States, Salah began training ten such recruits, three of whom were chosen to carry out attacks. In addition to supervising the building of bombs, explosives, and remote detonation devices, Salah was instructed by Marzook to develop biological and chemical weapons for Hamas."
When Nasser Hidmi was caught trying to detonate a bomb in Israel, he said he had been chosen by none other than the poor, innocent, abused, oppressed Muslim, Muhammad Salah.

This is an example of the principle of religious deception in action.

The use of taqiyya is the main reason most non-Muslims are so confused about the real nature of Islam — they are constantly being intentionally deceived by orthodox Muslims. But once you know about it, the jig is up. You are much less easily deceived.

Download a PDF document explaining taqiyya in depth.

14 comments:

  1. Someone just added this comment on this post on Facebook:

    In the article you say: "To any other kafir this probably would have been a convincing story. The poor, oppressed Muslim! It's just wrong to treat people that way. Those Israelis must be very cruel. Those Americans are so oppressive to Muslims!"

    I agree strongly with this. A few weeks ago I wrote a short facebook note (now existing on some server somewhere in facebook-world since my profile was clobbered -- another story)
    But I have it on my disk:

    Therein lies danger: not knowing islam and sharia.....

    March 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    Dar al Harb (islamic house of war, which is all of the world except for islamicized lands -- or Dar al Islam) is filled with well meaning people who think that they do not have to know the tenets of islam or the "justice" that sharia promises.

    They whistle past the graveyard. Unbeknownst to them, that graveyard that contains a space for the grave of themselves and their beliefs.

    Two principles of islamic dawa (prosyletization) are known as taqiyya and kitman. The first is outright lying; the second is mental reservation (I always think of it as 'clouding of men's minds').

    Islamists can paint a pretty picture of the joys of islam to the unsuspecting kaffir (disbeliever). If the kaffir is unaware of what the real story is, he or she may fall for the prettified, but false, picture painted by the muslim.

    It has happened many times.

    And then they will kill you if you try to back out after you say the shahada (to become a muslim).

    ~~~~

    The principle of taqiyya has an ugly fellow traveler called "kitman". I have seen both used to devastating effect by anjem choudary and sheikh omar bakri muhammed. There is the danger as we both state -- the danger of not knowing.

    (As i have said before my friend, I am not as kind as you in these matters. I am listening right now to a muslim caller trying to rip the Christian bible out of context to Pastor Joseph of ABN. The caller just failed miserably since Joseph knows his bible and koran. But to another person the muslim may have successfully employed his deception -- i would not call it taqiyya per se, since the out of context words were correct, but i would call it kitman -- something I refer to as 'clouding mens minds'.)

    [clouding men's minds was a power of the character 'The Shadow'']

    May whatever gods there may be save the West from the dark curtain that is islam........."

    ReplyDelete
  2. @citizen warrior
    first off your name is an injustice to true warriors the world over, and second no one needs to know the tenents of islam when their results can be seen in the faces of women that burn them selves in your Dar al Islam just to escape the men who sharia favors. It can be seen in the bodies of the innocent that your "chosen" blow themselves up to kill. The results of your "religion" can be seen in the blood of the past 500 years when the first terroist moohamed (purposeful mispelling to show this coward for the gluttonous cow he is) taught his way of killing to create order, his raping a 9 year old girl whom he married at 6. Quite frankly I will worry about your damned religion once it is wiped of the face of the planet in a blaze of righteousness, when allah reveals himself to you as satan I hope your time in hell will be loved by all of you.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Anonymous, I am not a Muslim.

    http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2011/01/whose-side-am-i-on.html

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Uh, that guy was seriously confused. Citizen Warrior is a far from a Muslim as you can get! We can only pray for THAT anonymous. I myself praise your effort to raise awareness of the true danger/evil of Islam. Even a non Christian would call it evil! I plan to shamelessly promote this site and Citizen Warriors site to help the cause against Islam in America! twitter kathlena1

      Delete
  4. oh your response to the Anonymous rant did make me chuckle, talk about getting the complete wrong end of the stick. Must commend you for bringing awareness to the population, ill be sharing with people i know so they too can be educated, empowered and aware. Keep up the good work

    ReplyDelete
  5. you'll notice that if you try to find out about taqiyya it's very hard given the fact that the only people that even talk about that are the ones who are going to lie about it. Let's see what prophet Muahmmad (PBUH) has to say about truthfulness and Lying:

    bdullah bin Mas`ud (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Prophet (PBUH) said, “Truth leads to piety and piety leads to Jannah. A man persists in speaking the truth till he is enrolled with Allah as a truthful. Falsehood leads to vice and vice leads to the Fire (Hell), and a person persists on telling lies until he is enrolled as a liar”

    Now, for Taqiyya: It is to lie about one's faith, in the event that one's life is in danger. simple as that.

    Now for the division of the world, first of all NO, it is not in mainstream Islamic teaching, it was actually invented by Imam Abu Hanifa, founder of the Hanafi school of thought, that is one school of thought out of 4 consider this, and in your description of the the parts, you conveniently left out 3 parts, tsk tsk...they are: Dar al-Hudna (House of calm), Dar al-'Ahd (House of truce), Dar al-Dawa (House of invitation)

    You wrote: "as well as Muhammad’s famous assertion, “War is deceit,” have all led to the formulation of a number of doctrines of "taqiyya.”"

    First of all, you speak about Taqiyya like a whole chapter in the Quran is reserved for it, but if you actually saw a quran in you life, you would know that it wasn't mentioned in the Quran nor in any hadith. second of all, is deceit not required in war? it's been part of war since the beginning of time and will always be, only a traitor and a coward would tell the enemy what they want to know if they capture him.

    if you want to learn more of the truth, check (http://www.loonwatch.com/2010/08/taqiyya-the-ultimate-intellectual-cop-out/) thank for reading and may Allah guide you.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Interesting! EVEN IF taqiyya is reserved for lying about one's religion when in danger, I think it reveals a less than high ideal. Our allegiance to Jesus Christ is SUPREME, ie.it comes before love of our own lives in this world. Such allegiance never requires that we kill others, but that we be prepared to offer our own lives IF NECESSARY (it's not a goal in itself). "32 “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven". I hope my faith would not fail when in danger, but one thing is for sure, there is NO acceptance of lies in Christianity under any circumstances, and certainly not deception regarding one's faith and allegiance! God is truth, in Him is not darkness at all! The same should apply to true followers. Hence, I would disregard Mohammed's example and teaching at once!

    ReplyDelete
  7. Taqiyya is just another technique to decieve, undermine and eventually defeat the enemies of Islam.

    Compare it to the successful and much acclaimed deceptions pulled off in WWII by Britain and America such as the 'Double Cross' playback of captured spies and the use of intel from code-breaking that was disguised so that German and Japanese military would not change their codes.

    The fact is that Islam is in a permanent state of war with the rest of the world and therefore considers deception to be a lawful way to wage war.

    We slumber and ignore this at our own peril. We are being deceived just like Hitler was about D-Day. The fault isn't with Muslims, it lies within our own leaders trusting natures.

    ReplyDelete
  8. THE COSMIC JOKE

    YOU DON'T NEED TO KNOW ARABIC TO REALIZE THAT THE QURAN IS A "COSMIC" JOKE

    SO THIS IS ALLAH'S PERFECT BOOK?

    “The Qur’an escapes from the hearts of men faster than a runaway camel.”

    Islam provides only one prime source of information on Muhammad and the formation of Islam written within two centuries of the time he lived and it was conceived. Ishaq’s Sira, or Biography, stands alone—a singular and tenuous thread connecting us to a very troubled man and time. Over the next two hundred years, other Hadith Collections were compiled by the likes of Tabari, Bukhari, and Muslim.
    Their assemblages of oral reports, or Traditions, were said to have been inspired by Allah. They purport to convey Muhammad’s words and example. They also explain the Qur’an—a book so deficient in context and chronology, it can only be understood when seen through the eyes of the Sunnah writers. Their message is all that Muslims have. Together, the Sunnah and Qur’an are Islam.

    But you don’t have to dig very deep to find the truth. Even a cursory reading of the Qur’an is sufficient to prove that it is a fraud. There is no way the creator of the universe wrote a book devoid of context, without chronology or intelligent transitions. Such a creative spirit wouldn’t need to plagiarize. He would know history and science and thus wouldn’t have made such a fool of himself. The God who created man wouldn’t deceive him or lead him to hell as Allah does. Nor would he order men to terrorize, mutilate, rob, enslave, and slaughter the followers of other Scriptures he claims he revealed, wiping them out to the last. One doesn’t need a scholastic review of the Qur’anic text to disprove its veracity. It destroys itself quite nicely.

    Tradition tells us that Muhammad had not foreseen his death, and so he had made no preparations for gathering his revelations. He left it up to his followers to sift through the conflicting versions. That’s astonishing. Islam’s lone “prophet” left his Qur’an as vapor, sound waves that had long since faded.

    Bragging one day, Muhammad called his surahs a miracle:

    Bukhari:V6B61N504 “Muhammad said, ‘Every Prophet was given miracles because of which people believed. But what I have been given is Divine Inspiration which Allah has revealed to me. So I hope that my followers will outnumber the followers of the other Prophets.’”
    If the Qur’an was his only “miracle,” why would he leave it in such horrid condition? I believe the answer is clear. Muhammad knew his recitals had been nothing more than a figment of his less-than-admirable imagination, situational scriptures designed to satiate his cravings. Preserving these recitals would only serve to incriminate him, as this Hadith suggests.

    Muslim: C24B20N4609 “The Messenger said: ‘Do not take the Qur’an on a journey with you, for I am afraid lest it would fall into the hands of the enemy.’ Ayyub, one of the narrators in the chain of transmitters, said: ‘The enemy may seize it and may quarrel with you over it.’”
    A number of Bukhari Hadith suggest that Muhammad’s companions tried to remember what they could of what he had said, but there was a problem. Like today, those who knew the Qur’an were militants. So Abu Bakr feared that large portions would be forgotten. The best Muslims were dying on the battlefield subduing fellow Arabs. In one battle alone, most of the Qur’an’s most knowledgeable reciters were lost, and many Qur’anic passages along with them.


    Part 1

    ReplyDelete
  9. Bukhari:V6B60N201 “Zaid bin Thabit, the Ansari said, ‘Abu Bakr sent for me after the (heavy) casualties among the warriors (of the battle) of Yamama (where a great number of Muhammad’s Companions were killed). Umar was present with Bakr. “The people have suffered heavy casualties at Yamama, and I am afraid that there will be more casualties among those who can recite the Qur’an on other battlefields. A large part of the Qur’an may be lost unless you collect it.” I replied to Umar, “How can I do something which Allah’s Apostle has not done?” Umar kept on pressing, trying to persuade me to accept his proposal.’ Zaid bin Thabit added, ‘Umar was sitting with Abu Bakr and was speaking (to) me. “You are a wise young man and we do not suspect you of telling lies or of forgetfulness. You used to write the Divine Inspiration for Allah’s Apostle. Therefore, look for the Qur’an and collect it (in one manuscript).” By Allah, if Abu Bakr had ordered me to shift one of the mountains (from its place) it would have been easier for me than the collection of the Qur’an. I said to both of them, “How dare you do a thing which the Prophet has not done?”
    Zaid declared that collecting the Qur’an’s surahs would be an impossible task. He said that it would be easier to move mountains than to turn Muhammad’s string of oral recitals into a book. The reason for this rather troubling statement is obvious: Zaid’s search for Qur’anic passages forced him to rely upon carvings on the leg or thigh bones of dead animals, as well as palm leaves, skins, mats, stones, and bark. But for the most part, he found nothing better than the fleeting memories of the prophet’s Companions, many of whom were dead or dying. In other words, the Qur’an, like the Hadith, is all hearsay.
    There were no Muslims who had memorized the entire Qur’an, otherwise the collection would have been a simple task. Had there been individuals who knew the Qur’an, Zaid would only have had to write down what they dictated. Instead, Zaid was overwhelmed by the assignment, and was forced to “search” for the passages from men who believed that they had memorized certain segments and then compare what he heard to the recollection of others. Therefore, even the official Islamic view of things, the one recorded in their scripture, is hardly reassuring.
    Worse still, the Muslim chosen for this impossible task was the one in the best position to plagiarize the Torah and Talmud. Moreover, it’s obvious he did. Remember:

    Tabari VII:167 “In this year, the Prophet commanded Zayd bin Thabit to study the Book of the Jews, saying, ‘I fear that they may change my Book.’”
    the worse it gets.

    Bukhari:V6B61N511 “Zaid bin Thabit said, ‘I started searching for the Qur’an till I found the last two Verses of Surat At-Tauba with Abi but I could not find them with anyone other than him. They were: ‘Verily there has come to you an Apostle from amongst yourselves.’” [9:128]

    This is incriminating. The 9th surah was the second to last revealed. If only one person could remember it, there is no chance those revealed twenty-five years earlier were retained. Furthermore, this Tradition contradicts the most highly touted Islamic mantra: Most Muslims contend Uthman, not Bakr, ordered the collection of the Qur’an a decade later. And who knows what version they finally committed to paper, if in fact they ever did?

    Bukhari:V6B61N513: “Allah’s Apostle said, ‘Gabriel [whom Muhammad said had 600 wings] recited the Qur’an to me in one way. Then I requested him and continued asking him to recite it in other ways, and he recited it in several ways till he ultimately recited it in seven different ways.’”

    So there were at least seven Qur’ans.

    ReplyDelete
  10. THE QU’RAN CHALLENGE!
    • In Bukhari’s Hadith we find a sea of disturbing and contradictory claims regarding the compilation of Allah’s book. There were differing versions, even in Muhammad’s day:

    “Ibn Abbas asked, ‘Which of the two readings of the Qur’an do you prefer?’ The Prophet answered, ‘The reading of Abdallah ibn Mas’ud.’

    Then Abdallah came to him, and he learned what was altered and abrogated.” This is reasonably clear. The Hadith says that portions of the Qur’an were conflicting, changed, and cancelled.

    WHY QURAN WAS WRITTEN DOWN
    • Ibn Abi Dawud, Kitab al-Masahif—Many (of the passages) of the Qur’an that were sent down were known by those who died on the day of Yamama . . . but they were not known (by those who) survived them, nor were they written down, nor had Abu Bakr, Umar or Uthman (by that time) collected the Qur’an, nor were they found with even one (person) after them.

    THE REMAINDER QURAN
    Abu Bakr decided that it was time to gather what remained of the Qur’an in order to prevent more from being lost, and he appointed Zaid ibn Thabit to this task. After Zaid completed his codex around 634 AD, it remained in Abu Bakr’s possession until his death, when it was passed on to Caliph Umar. When Umar died, it was given to Hafsa, a widow of Muhammad. (For a fuller account see Sahih al-Bukhari 4986.)


    THE "PERFECT" QURAN IS MISSING
    When Ibn Umar—son of the second Muslim caliph—heard people declaring that they knew the entire Qur’an, he said to them: “Let none of you say, ‘I have learned the whole of the Koran,’ for how does he know what the whole of it is, when much of it has disappeared? Let him rather say, ‘I have learned what is extant thereof’” (Abu Ubaid, Kitab Fada’il-al-Qur’an).

    UTHMAN'S QURAN
    During Caliph Uthman’s reign, approximately 19 years after the death of Muhammad, disputes arose concerning the correct recitation of the Qur’an. Uthman ordered that Hafsa’s copy of the Qur’an, along with all known textual materials, should be gathered together so that an official version might be compiled. Zaid ibn Thabit, Abdullah bin Az-Zubair, Sa’id bin Al-As, and Abdur-Rahman bin Harith worked diligently to construct a revised text of the Qur’an.

    Bukhari:V4B56N709 “Uthman called Zaid, Abdallah, Said, and Abd-Rahman. They wrote the manuscripts of the Qur’an in the form of a book in several copies. Uthman said to the three Quraishi persons, ‘If you differ with Zaid bin Thabit on any point of the Qur’an, then write it in the language of the Quraysh, as the Qur’an was revealed in their language.’ So they acted accordingly.”

    Because there was such confusion, Uthman ordered competing versions to be burned. But by destroying the evidence, he destroyed the Qur’an’s credibility. Now all Muslims have is wishful thinking.
    WHO BURNT THE FIRST QURANS?
    When it was finished, “Uthman sent to every Muslim province one copy of what they had copied, and ordered that all the other Qur’anic materials, whether written in fragmentary manuscripts or whole copies, be burnt” (Sahih al-Bukhari 4987). The Qur’an we have today is descended from the Uthmanic codex.

    ZAID'S QURAN REJECTED
    Muhammad once told his followers to “Learn the recitation of the Qur’an from four: from Abdullah bin Masud—he started with him—Salim, the freed slave of Abu Hudhaifa, Mu’adh bin Jabal and Ubai bin Ka’b” (Sahih al-Bukhari 3808). Interestingly, Ibn Masud (first on Muhammad’s list) held that the Qur’an should only have 111 chapters (today’s version has 114 chapters), and that chapters 1, 113, and 114 shouldn’t have been included in the Qur’an.

    Part 3

    ReplyDelete
  11. FLAWED QURAN
    Due to these disputes among Muhammad’s hand-picked reciters, Muslims are faced with a dilemma. If Muslims say that the Qur’an we have today has been perfectly preserved, they must say that Muhammad was horrible at choosing scholars, since he selected men who disagreed with today’s text. If, on the other hand, Muslims say that their prophet would know whom to pick regarding Islam’s holiest book, they must conclude that the Qur’an we have today is flawed!

    2 CHAPTERS MISSING FROM THE "PERFECT" QURAN
    One of Muhammad’s companions, Abu Musa, supported this claim when he said that the early Muslims forgot two surahs (chapters) due to laziness:
    Sahih Muslim 2286

    THE PART THE GOAT EAT

    Aisha also tells us that individual verses of the Qur’an disappeared, sometimes in very interesting ways:
    Sunan ibn Majah 1944—It was narrated that Aishah said: “The Verse of stoning and of breastfeeding an adult ten times was revealed, and the paper was with me under my pillow. When the Messenger of Allah died, we were preoccupied with his death, and a tame sheep/goat came in and ate it.”
    The verses on stoning and breastfeeding an adult not in the Qur’an today.

    MISSING PASSAGES
    We know further that large sections of certain chapters came up missing. For instance, Muhammad’s wife Aisha said that roughly two-thirds of Surah 33 was lost:
    Abu Ubaid, Kitab Fada’il-al-Qur’an—A’isha . . . said, “Surat al-Ahzab (xxxiii) used to be recited in the time of the Prophet with two hundred verses, but when Uthman wrote out the codices he was unable to procure more of it than there is in it today [i.e. 73 verses].”

    • Sahih al-Bukhari 5005—Umar said, “Ubayy was the best of us in the recitation (of the Qur’an), yet we leave some of what he recites.” Ubayy says, “I have taken it from the mouth of Allah’s Messenger and will not leave it for anything whatever.”

    • But Ibn Masud wasn’t the only one of Muhammad’s trusted teachers who disagreed with Zaid’s Qur’an. Ubayy ibn Ka’b was Muhammad’s best reciter and one of the only Muslims to collect the materials of the Qur’an during Muhammad’s lifetime. Yet Ibn Ka’b believed that Zaid’s Qur’an was missing two chapters! Later Muslims were therefore forced to reject some of Ibn Ka’b’s recitation:

    • Ibn Masud advised Muslims to reject Zaid’s Qur’an and to keep their own versions—even to hide them so that they wouldn’t be confiscated by the government! He said:
    Jami at-Tirmidhi 3104—“O you Muslim people! Avoid copying the Mushaf and recitation of this man. By Allah! When I accepted Islam he was but in the loins of a disbelieving man”—meaning Zaid bin Thabit—and it was regarding this that Abdullah bin Mas’ud said: “O people of Al-Iraq! Keep the Musahif that are with you, and conceal them.”
    • Because of this (along with hundreds of other textual differences), Ibn Masud went so far as to call the final edition of the Qur’an a deception! He said, “The people have been guilty of deceit in the reading of the Qur’an. I like it better to read according to the recitation of him [i.e. Muhammad] whom I love more than that of Zayd Ibn Thabit” (Ibn Sa’d, Kitab al-Tabaqat al-Kabir, Vol. 2, p. 444).

    PART 4

    ReplyDelete
  12. Muslims are a major problem in the world. A false and contradictory'' religion''. Religion advocates only violence, revenge and pedophilia. It came about through violence and weapons, thanks to Mohammed. Muslims should not associate with non-Muslims according to the Koran (Jews and Christians). What do they do in these countries? They do not adapt, but they want to take over the world. Such a religion should not be allowed to exist. They may lie to protect their religion. They will kill to protect their country or take land. They get all the rights found in the western world, while a non-Muslim may only see death in their eyes in a Muslim country. Yet they come to western countries and their children complain about school food, teachers, the country's weather, the economy, and so on. But go back to your home country if you are not happy, we'll see if you get food and shelter there. APPRECIATE WHAT YOU HAVE INSTEAD. I'm so fucking tired of these people. And what scares me even more is people who do not realize what this religion is about. People think that it is a religion that promotes love, generosity and peace. Bullshit! I've been through most of it. I have seen how Muslims live and what they do to non-Muslims. I have read their so-called holy book. What kind of prophet is it that has four wives? Islam does not give freedom to the woman. She should be home all the time, she must cover her entire body, she must always obey the man, she can not have four men, and so on. This is a man's religion. If you don't believe me, just check what happens in Muslim countries. In non-Muslim countries, women wear the veil, they carry out their religion. However, can a western girl walk around in shorts in pakistan for example? Never!

    ReplyDelete