Saturday, November 17, 2007

Al Taqiyya

The New Media Journal | Al Taqiyya: The Islamist Terrorist's Weapon of Deception by Frank Salvato
Western civilization’s delinquent knowledge of the Islamic faith leaves us naïve to many of its tenets. Many among us would be hard pressed to explain the differences between the Sunni and the Shi’ite, let alone the reasons why they have remained in conflict for almost the entire existence of the Islamic faith. This delinquency in understanding Islamic culture and doctrine makes those they consider non-believers – or kafirs – vulnerable both individually and collectively. This is especially true when we examine the Islamic concept of taqiyya.

Taqiyya is defined literally as:

“Concealing or disguising one's beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury."

In essence, taqiyya can be generally defined as the legitimization of deception in times of danger.
In most every reference to taqiyya in Islam it is held that there are only a very few times when it is permissible:

▪ To save one’s life

▪ To effect a peace or reconciliation

▪ To persuade a woman

▪ On the occasion of a journey or expedition

▪ To save the life and honor of the innocent person from the highhandedness of tyrants and oppressors

In his book, Ihya ‘Uloom al-Din, the influential Egyptian Islamic scholar Abu Hamed Mohammad ibn Mohammad al-Ghazzali stated:

“Safeguarding of a Muslim's life is a mandatory obligation that should be observed; and that lying [taqiyya] is permissible when the shedding of a Muslim's blood is at stake.”

Those of the Wahhabi ideology acknowledge the fatwa:

“Be dissociated from the infidels, hate them for their religion, leave them, never rely on them for support, do not admire them, and always oppose them in every way according to Islamic law.”

Because Wahhabism is one of the predominant forms of Islam being disseminated in the mosques of the United States it must be surmised that Wahhabis are living among the “infidels.” In order to achieve their existence without open confrontation they must, therefore, employ taqiyya.
....those who are faithful to the religious tenets of Islam must, as a religious duty, utilize taqiyya when interacting with government and law enforcement where giving damaging information on another Muslim is concerned.

Should the situation arise where a practicing Muslim, loyal to the faith, were to be questioned about a suspected terrorist operation or criminal activity being planed or perpetrated by a fellow Muslim – whether here in the United States or anywhere in the world – that Muslim must employ taqiyya. This makes the gathering of credible information from within the Islamic community, regarding the criminal Islamic community, virtually impossible.

Further, the recognized religious duty of faithful Muslims to practice taqiyya makes the actions, statements and testimony of those who operate organizations such as the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the now defunct Holy Land Foundation and individual Islamic leaders such as Sami al-Arian (now deported for his relationship with Palestinian Islamic Jihad) both understandable and suspect. Understandable in there unwavering defense of almost every questionable act committed by a Muslim regardless of its legality and suspect because of the fact that they would be violating taqiyya should they validate the “infidel” over another Muslim.
If the West – and especially the United States – is to survive this very real conflict with Islamofascist aggression, we must educate ourselves on the intricacies of our enemy’s beliefs and tactics. To not do so would be the epitome of neglect and a ostentatious display of stupidity.

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