Understanding Taqiyya ― Islamic Principle of Lying for the Sake of Allah


by Warner MacKenzie

Islam Watch

Lying and cheating in the Arab world is not really a moral matter but a method of safeguarding honor and status, avoiding shame, and at all times exploiting possibilities, for those with the wits for it, deftly and expeditiously to convert shame into honor on their own account and vice versa for their opponents. If honor so demands, lies and cheating may become absolute imperatives.” [David Pryce-Jones, “The Closed Circle” An interpretation of the Arabs, p4]

“No dishonor attaches to such primary transactions as selling short weight, deceiving anyone about quality, quantity or kind of goods, cheating at gambling, and bearing false witness. The doer of these things is merely quicker off the mark than the next fellow; owing him nothing, he is not to be blamed for taking what he can.” [David Pryce-Jones, “The Closed Circle”, p38]

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2 responses to “Understanding Taqiyya ― Islamic Principle of Lying for the Sake of Allah

  1. American Delight

    Would this qualify as an example of taqiyya in your opinion?

    http://moneyjihad.wordpress.com/2010/08/20/cair-lies-about-hawala/

    • consernedamericancitizens

      Not only would it apply it’s going to make for a great post. Thanks, please send anything you find. I’m doing this to help out some of my Muslim Friends, they want it to be focused on building mosques. My site is http://www.dangersofallah.com I cover all areas of Islam, Sharia Come Visit. I’m J.C.

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