Taqiyya vs. Our President

David Meir-Levi writes and lectures on Middle East topics, until recently in the History Department of San Jose State University.


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In a previous essay, the present writer exposed the concept of “taqiyya” as a traditional Muslim form of deceit employed by Yasir Arafat, Mahmoud Abbas, and other leaders of the Arab terror war against Israel.  El-Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood also are using taqiyya against the USA and other western countries, and with frightening success.

While the Qur’an encourages honesty between believers (Sura 40:28), deception directed at non-Muslims, generally known in Arabic as taqiyya, has full Qur’anic support.

The Qur’an (Sura 2:225, 3:28, 3:54, 9:3, 16:106, 40:28, and 66:2) establishes the religious legitimacy of breaking oaths, lying, unilaterally violating treaties, and generally scheming against non-Muslims.  Allah Himself is described as “the best of schemers” (3:54, 8:30, 10:21), and Muhammad declared, as a justification for murdering unarmed prisoners after offering them safe passage, “war is deceit” (see the Hadith collection of  Bukhari, vol. 4, book 52, nos. 268-271).

The Qur’an and later sources command the obedient Muslim to be engaged in eternal war, jihad, with the non-Muslim world until the supremacy of Islam over the entire world is complete.  More than 120 times ((2:193, 4:89-90, 8:12, 8:39, 9:5, 9:11, 9:25, 9:29, 9:39, inter alia; and see here for detailed discussion) the Qur’an calls Muslims to jihad until Islam is the only or dominant religion in the world.

Based on its bloody and gruesome history, and on the voices of its dominant figures, Islam must be understood as a religion that institutionalizes war, conquest, imperialism and subjugation as its normative behaviors.  And in its most extreme iteration, it preaches the destruction of Judaism, Christianity, the Hindu civilization, and western civilization.  This being the case, what is the value of a treaty with a country under the control of Muslim extremists who subscribe to this iteration of Islam?  The answer to that question comes from Muslim scholars themselves: “By their very nature, treaties (with non-Muslims) must be of temporary duration, for in Muslim legal theory, the normal relations between Muslim and non-Muslim territories are not peaceful, but warlike” (Majid Khadduri, War and Peace in the Law of Islam, Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins Press, 1955, p. 220); and “…open-ended truces are illegitimate if Muslims have the strength to renew the war against them [non-Muslims]” (Ahmad Mahmud Karima, Al-Jihad fi’l Islam: Dirasa Fiqhiya Muqarina, p. 461, quoted by Raymond Ibrahim here, and discussed in greater depth here and here).

Such a violent and bloody history of conquest and expansionism ought to spark concern among neighbors to Muslim countries and targets of Muslim aggression.  Knowing this, some Muslim leaders employ taqiyya to promote an image of Islam as a religion of peace, and the practitioners of jihad as an aberrant few, a  minority of misunderstanders of the “true Islam” — in short, nothing about which the targets of jihad need worry.

But even as apologists for Islam declare any western leader’s concern about jihad to be an insult bordering on Islamophobia , Muslims speaking in their own languages to their own people have no hesitation about verbalizing their plans for Muslim world domination.  A popular topic for discussion on Arabic TV channels is the best strategy for conquering the West.  That strategy seems to be patience in the use of taqiyya, since the West currently has overwhelming economic, military and scientific power and cannot be defeated by traditional military strategies.

For a more graphic example, note the comments of an Australian Muslim cleric Abu Bakr, also known as Abdul Nacer Benbrika :

“I am telling you that my religion doesn’t tolerate other religions. It doesn’t tolerate (them). The only one law which needs to spread, it can be here or anywhere else, has to be Islam.”  Along the same lines, in Kuala-Lumpur (Malaysia), Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad declared that: “… Islam will soon be the domineering force in the world…the world will be in the hands of Islam over the next few years” (ITAR/TASS Russian news agency, March 5, 2006 quoted here and here based upon here).

In numerous sermons Egyptian Muslim scholar and preacher Sheikh Yusuf el-Qaradawi, the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, rants about the destruction that awaits the Jews when Islam is the world’s ruling religion and the ancient “just and righteous Caliphate” is triumphant (see here, here and here for a general survey of anti-Semitism in the Muslim world, here for el-Qaradhawi’s plans for future conquest of the west,  here for reactions to el-Qaradhawi’s fatwa calling for the killing of Americans in Iraq, here for al-Qaeda and other Muslim terror group’s plans for the West, and MEMRI TV’s video of a typical Qaradhawi speech).

And similar sentiments are expressed in the mosques and among the leaders of America’s ally, Saudi Arabia.  In the most sacred mosque in Islam, Sheikh Abd al-Rahman al-Sudais, the leading imam of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, uses his sermons to call for Jews to be ‘annihilated’ and to urge the overthrow of Western civilization.

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  • 9-11 Infidel

    "Extreme iteration"? WTF is that? There are no iterations of Islam…except in the minds of apostates, hypocrites and delluded westerners. But lets let a true Muslim speak on the subject:
    Speaking at Kanal D TV’s Arena program, PM Erdogan commented on the term “moderate Islam”:‘These descriptions are very ugly, it is offensive and an insult to our religion. There is no moderate or immoderate Islam. Islam is Islam and that’s it.”
    Source: Milliyet, Turkey, August 21, 2007
    Trying to remake Islam into something that Westerners would like it to be, is a non-existent "iteration". Islam is Islam…period…end of sentence. Wala' wa bara' is where the rubber meets the Muslim road. You're half-stepping bud.

    • old white guy

      the president practices taqiyya so i would say that taqiyya is winning. yes islam is islam there are no degrees of islam and a world wide caliphate is the goal. too many fools and not enough courage to shut islam down.

  • Mickey Oberman

    When you talk of taqiyya and its practitioners you must consider Barack Hussein Obama.

  • dodo

    Islam not only teaches lying and treachery, but islam also teaches sexual violence to their youth.

  • aspacia

    I am waiting for the Judephobes to slither from their slime pits.

  • Tanstaafl

    Given the Islamic policy of Taquiyya, how can any infidel trust what a Muslim says or does?

    • old white guy

      you can't.

    • Asher

      They look you right in the eye and lie, no remorse involved…whatever it takes to destroy Infidel and Jew.

  • Ghostwriter

    And yet most Muslims continue to wonder why many Americans have little respect for their religion.

    • marat 1

      They do not understand that Islam is, in essence not a "religion" as the West understands the term, but a theo-political ideology which is both totalitarian and fascist at its core. Ironically, the vast number of its victims are MUSLIMS themselves. I doubt that anything would change EVEN if the Koran was rewritten. There IS a war and it IS between the light and the dark. The screwiness of westerners is astounding. Who would have thought that American feminists would rally behind ISlamists in such huge numbers while their "sisters" under Islam are routinely stoned to death? Go figure.

  • http://libertyandculture.blogspot.com/ JasonPappas

    Taqiyya is less of a problem than leftists lies. Leftists, who are so fearful of "Islamophobia," make up lies and mythical narratives for the jihadi. The PC censors don't allow criticism of Islam.

  • Dispozadaburka

    The Muslim Brotherhood is in the white house right now.
    Look at our president.
    Look at hilary.
    The "Muslim Day of Prayer" on the mall in Sept 2009,
    where 50,000 muslim men were invited to pray from morning until night,
    was an act of "surrender," to Islam.

  • carl

    Whose side is he on? He's already answered that question by his actions and his words.

    Like a slow growing cancer, I can see the Muslim's infiltrating this country and eventually gaining a solid hold. Especially when media, television, and government [sharia law allowed in u.s. courts] pander to this group mercilessly. What surprises me besides the foolishness of so many is the silence from feminists, gays, and transgenders in the face of this abhorrent "religion."

  • Anamah

    We stop commies and Muslims and their takiyyas. When they open their mouths we already know is a lie.