Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Does Islam teach that it's O.K. to lie in certain circumstances?

“Thanks to your democratic laws we will invade you; thanks to our religious laws, we will dominate you.”

Islamic Cleric: Archbishop of Izmir

Like most religions, Islam in general, forbids lying. The Quran says, “Truly, Allah does not guide one who transgresses and lies.” Surah 40:28. In another authoritative book, called the Hadith, Mohammed was also quoted as saying the following: “Be honest because honesty leads to goodness, and goodness leads to Paradise. Beware of falsehood because it leads to immorality, and immorality leads to Hell.”

However, unlike most religions, within Islam there are certain provisions under which lying and deceiving is not simply tolerated, but actually encouraged. In his book “The spirit of Islam,” Afif A. Tabbarah writes in page 247, “Lying is not always bad, to be sure; there are times when telling a lie is more profitable and better for the general welfare, and for the settlement of conciliation among people, than telling the truth. “

An example of Islamic deception is that Muslim activists always quote the passages of the Qu’ran from the early part of Mohammed's ministry while living in Mecca. These texts are peaceful and exemplify tolerance towards those that are not followers of Islam. All the while, they are fully aware that most of these passages were abrogated (cancelled and replaced) by passages that came after he migrated to Medina. The replacement verses reflect prejudice, intolerance, and endorse violence upon unbelievers.

It is imperative to understand, that Muslim leaders can use this loop-hole in their religion, to absolve them from any permanent commitment. It is also important to know that what Muslim activists say to spread Islam may not always be the whole truth. When dealing with Muslims, what they say is not the issue. The real issue is what they actually mean in their hearts.


The Islamic principle of lying for the sake of Allah. Falsehoods told to prevent denigration of Islam, to protect oneself, or to promote the cause of Islam are sanctioned by the Qur'an, including lying under penalty of perjury in testimony before the United States Congress, lying or making distorted statements to the media such as claiming that Islam is a religion of peace, and deceiving fellow Muslims when the one lying has deemed them to be apostates. The word literally means to protect or guard against and conveys the principle that Muslims are permitted to lie as a preventative measure to protect themselves and Islam, especially in life or liberty threatening circumstances. It is important that the Muslim does not mean it in his heart, however. The concept of Al-Takeyya is based on the following verse in the Qu’ran:

Let not the believers take for friends or helpers unbelievers rather than believers; if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah, except by way of prevention that ye may guard yourselves from them. But Allah cautions you to remember Himself for the final goal is to Allah. Surah 3:28

Further, the concept of Al Takeyya permits behavior of a Muslim that is contrary to his faith if pretending to befriend infidels, and may:

Consume alcohol
Skip prayers
Skip fasting during the month of Ramadan
Renounce his belief in Allah
Pray to another diety in place of Allah
Lie under oath

The Hadith
One of Mohammed’s daughters (Umm Kalthoum) stated that she never heard him condone or promote lying except under three specific situations:

To reconcile the people of Islam;
In times of war against the infidels;
To a spouse to keep harmony within a family.

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Hat Tip to Doug Hagmann from The Northeast Intelligence Network for providing this info.


At 5:51 PM, Blogger Sick Boy said...

...and people wonder why Islam is on the rise in our prisons. Worthy of trust?

At 4:03 PM, Blogger Zachi said...

Can a democracy really be established on such a basis? We established our nation on the Judeo-Christian tenents. It only opperates under virtues - honesty, integrety, hard work. Can Iraq support a democratic process build upon Islamic tenents? When you start out condoning so many things that are undermining our own gov't e.i. media pandering to the left wing, Sophistic politicians who simply want to win and so their way, etc. How can we realistically expect them to produce freedom against the back drop of Islamic double speak?

At 11:09 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since when have any of our politicians operated under "honesty, integrety, or hard work other than filling their pockets?" Why don't we give Iraq our Constitution, since we don't use it anymore.

At 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In general, Muslims ARE very honest people. They hold fast to their belief in honesty, and this idea of lying in certain cases exists in CERTAIN cases. Lying is not allowed for insignificant, daily use. Lying is allowed to protect one's life, which I know several Americans (of different types of religions) agree with. And a Muslim would not deny the existence of God, pray to a different believed higher power or powers, or do other ridiculous things listed on that article because they are accustomed and believe strongly in their beliefs and morals.

At 12:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is NEVER ok to lie; under any circumstances. ALL MUSLIMS SHOULD STRIVE TO TELL THE TRUTH! JUST LIKE THE BIBLE, THE QURAN TEACHES NOT TO LIE. I am a Muslim who believes this fully. My own mother tries to tell me what I believe, and that it is ok to lie under certain conditions of Islam. She is not Muslim and she does not know what I believe, only a person can know what they themselves believe. But, it is NOT!!! IT IS NEVER OK TO LIE. People that say it is, should read the Quran for themself. I am sure there are Muslims that feel it is ok to lie sometimes, just as I am sure there are Christians who feel the same, and Buddhist, and Jews, and Priest, and Clergy, and all other sorts. But just because a few believe that way, does not mean they represent the entire religious background.


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