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Sunday, April 29, 2018
The Tired Lies of Taqiyya
The bankrupt nature of the taqiyya-whitewash-industry
Lying is perfectly acceptable...according to Mohammed. But only for Muslims!
After quoting Ezra Levant,
founder of The Rebel Media,
saying that taqiyya “means deliberate deception of infidels, to promote an
Islamic goal,” BuzzFeed proceeds: “Levant was referencing a false
interpretation of an obscure Islamic doctrine that has become a bedrock belief
among anti-Muslim writers and activists, alt-right trolls, and even by current
Trump cabinet member and former presidential candidate Ben
Next comes the ad
Mohammad Fadel, an expert on Islamic law at the University of Toronto,
described taqiyya (and its many alternative spellings) as “a doctrine of
prudential dissimulation” that arose from a time when Muslims were minorities
in hostile societies. … “The Qur’an permitted Muslims in that situation, who
were fleeing death or torture or other bad treatment, to dissemble about their
true beliefs. And as long as they were faithful in their hearts, they would not
be considered sinful,” Fadel told BuzzFeed News. But this idea has
mushroomed, Fadel said, into a false claim that Muslims are permitted, or even
commanded, to lie to non-Muslims as part of a larger project to take over
Western countries and impose Sharia, or Islamic law. He said taqiyya does not
allow for broad deceptions and has no connection to Sharia.
The irony here is
that well over four years ago, I was involved with Ezra Levant and Mohammad
Fadel in a Canadian court case revolving around the meaning of taqiyya.
Then, Khurrum Awan, a lawyer, was suing Levant for defamation and $100,000,
after the latter had accused him of engaging in taqiyya. (Last heard,
Awan was suing his 77-year-old neighbor, a Catholic grandma, for having a “large Christian cross” in her
And that's no lie!
During the court
case, Mohammad Fadel, BuzzFeed’s go-to expert, had provided an expert report on
behalf of Awan on the nature of taqiyya, making every conceivable apologia for
the Muslim doctrine. He concluded his report as follows:
In no case, as far as I know, have Muslim theologians taken the
position that it is generally permissible, much less obligatory, for Muslims to
lie to non-Muslims, whether in matters regarding religious belief or secular
practices… Although it has become a staple of right-wing Islamophobia in North
America, there is no doctrinal basis in authentic Islamic teachings to support
the claim, made by Ezra Levant and others … that taqiyya is anything other than an exceptional doctrine
justified under circumstances of extreme duress that are simply inapplicable to
Muslims living in Canada and the United States.
In response, Levant
had asked me (back in 2013) to write an expert report on taqiyya, including by
responding to Fadel’s claims. I did, including by closely parsing and
responding to every point made by Fadel, and reached the following conclusion:
Deception—known under the broad term taqiyya—is permissible in Islam, above and beyond the limited
issue of self-preservation. This assertion is not “Islamophobic”; it is
true. From a legalistic point of view, and as seen especially via the
concept of tawriya, as
long as deceptions are technically true (“I don’t have a penny in my pocket,”
only dollars), they are not even considered lies. The prophet of Islam,
Muhammad—the example that Sunni Muslims especially pattern their lives
after—regularly made use of deceit. In order to assassinate a poet (Ka‘b ibn
Ashraf) who offended him, Muhammad permitted a Muslim to lie to the poet.
Muhammad is further on record giving license to breaking oaths (“if something
better” comes along) and openly lying (without even employing tawriya) to one’s wife and in
war. As for the latter, which assumes a perpetual nature in the guise of
the jihad against the non-Muslim in order to make Islam (and Muslims) supreme
(e.g., Qur’an 8:39), deception and lies are certainly permissible.
Would I lie?
apparently had the desired effect; as Levant put it in an email to me, “after
receiving the report, he [Awan/plaintiff] decided to cancel calling his own
expert witness [Fadel]—who happens to be a Muslim Brotherhood sympathizer.
After reading your rebuttal, he decided he would rather not engage in that
And yet here again is
Fadel making and BuzzFeed citing the same indefensible claims about
Which leads to the
ultimate point of this post: to expose all the claims taqiyya’s apologists
make—Fadel left no stone unturned in his attempt to whitewash the term—and how
to respond them: Click on my April 12, 2014 article, “Taqiyya
about Taqiyya,” where I methodically address, including by citing sources,
every one of Fadel’s apologias.