Some of our readers may have heard about a particular concept of the Islamic faith called “Taqiyya.” According to the al-Islam Digital Islamic Library, a Shi’ite encyclopedia, it is a “thorny” topic that requires “discussion.”
The word “taqiyya” translates 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 other words, deception and lies, purposefully hiding something underneath a false appearance.
The concept of hiding one’s faith and the goals associated with it from those who don’t share those beliefs is thought to have arisen early and be accepted on the Shia side of the Islamic split. It was used to counter persecution or threats from the Sunni side of the split, though Sunnis have also accepted the concept over the centuries as well, and used it to further their own jihad.
Many Islamic scholars have tried very hard to cite specific instances in the Quran that support the belief that it is not only acceptable, but even encouraged, for a Muslim to deliberately lie to non-Muslims about their religious beliefs or intentions, if doing so would save them from harm while at the same time not harming the Islamic faith as a whole.
Part 3 of al-Islam’s writing on dissimulation quoted several different suras from the Qur’an, two of which were suras 3:28 and 16:106.
“Let not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, (they) shall have no relation left with Allah except by way of precaution (“tat-taqooh”), that ye may guard yourselves (“tooqatan”) from them,” read 3:28, which basically said that lying by way of precaution to stay safe was acceptable and wouldn’t draw the wrath of Allah.
Sura 16:106 said nearly the same thing, as “Any one who, after accepting Faith in Allah, utters unbelief, EXCEPT under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in faith — but such as open their breast to unbelief, — on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Chastisement.”
The al-Islam site further tried to justify the deliberate use of lies by Muslims as being natural and the inherent instinct of self-preservation shared by all living things.
In other words, Islam promotes lying to infidels to further their cause.