Toxic Taqiyya

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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On May 10th, 1994, just a few months after signing the Oslo Accords (September, 1993), Yasir Arafat addressed an assembly of Muslims in a Johannesburg mosque  where he justified his actions by explaining: “This agreement, I am not considering it more than the agreement which had been signed between our prophet Muhammad and Quraysh.”  And he concluded by calling on the worshipers “to come and to fight and to start the jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”

What did those words mean?

Muhammad signed a 10-year truce with the Arabian pagan Quraysh tribe in the city of Mecca (the Treaty of Hudaybiyah, 628 AD). At the beginning of the second year of that ten-year period he found a pretext to justify breaking the truce. He pounced on the Quraysh in a surprise attack, conquered Mecca and defeated the Quraysh, who were not prepared for more hostilities since they were honoring the 10-year accord and assumed that Muhammad was too.  Since then this agreement between Muhammad and the Quraysh has been an example for Muslims world-wide of how to trick the enemy in wartime. In other words, Arafat explained to his Muslim audience that he gave his word to President Clinton and Yitzhak Rabin, and signed the Oslo Accords, only because he planned to annul his commitments and attack Israel as soon as it was expedient for him to do so.  He lied to Clinton and Rabin; but once he was out from under the scrutiny of western media and in the comfort of a Muslim group whose support he could assume, he told the truth to his Muslim audience.  He was not aware that his speech was recorded.

Arafat’s lies to Clinton and Rabin were an excellent example of a 1,400 year old Muslim tradition of Taqiyya: tricking the enemy in wartime by offering a false peace or truce, but preparing to attack once the enemy lets down its guard.

Taqiyya (lit. ‘caution’) denotes the deceit or dissimulation used by Shiites, who may lie and even commit blasphemous acts to conceal their religion when they are under threat of persecution from majority Sunnis. It has long been used in its other manifestation, as an integral part of Muslim military strategy, employing trickery and deceit to mislead the enemy (for a detailed discussion see John Esposito’s The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, Oxford University Press, 2003).

The Qur’an in a variety of verses (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).  So during the negotiations of Oslo I and II, Arafat’s willingness to acquiesce to Israeli demands was merely his acting as a good Muslim warrior, using taqiyya, deceit in warfare, to put his enemy at a disadvantage.

Arafat’s taqiyya began long before Oslo. For decades he told the West that he was just a scruffy little guy doing his best to keep his rough-neck boys (Fatah, the PLO, the el-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade and Hamas, inter alia) under control so that he could make peace with Israel; even as he called in Arabic for a million martyrs to march on Jerusalem to destroy Israel and create their “Palestine…from the river to the sea”.  Similarly he told the west that he was trying to rein in Hamas and enforce the ban on terrorism to which he had agreed in the Oslo Accords.  Yet, as became apparent when Israel invaded his muqata (military compound) in Ramallah during Operation Defensive Shield in 2002, and translated thousands of documents taken from his files and computers,  he in reality had partnered with Hamas, funded Hamas, armed Hamas, and aided in Hamas’ terrorism.  Far too many in the West fell for his “good cop – bad cop” act.

Hamas too uses the taqiyya ruse at will, frequently telling the West that it really wants peace, but reminding its followers in Arabic that they must continue the ‘struggle’ (the terror war against Israel) until victory or martyrdom.

Examples of taqiyya are endless.  To the west the PA explains its refusal to negotiate with Israel as a result of Israel’s settlement construction.  But the reality is revealed in the Palestine Strategy Group’s 2009 proposal for a strategy of “intelligent resistance”  (i.e., the priority of law fare, boycott campaigns and other anti-Israel propaganda over terrorism) as a means of continuing the struggle against Israel.

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  • Ben

    "the aim justify means"- fanaticist` slogan.Remember the similar Jesuits tactics in the past. Liberal useful idiots easily help Islamists` deceits-foolishness+cynicism rules.

  • 9-11 Infidel

    If this guy is relying on John Esposito for information on Islam he will never get very far with his studies. Its real easy to understand Muslims. Pay attention to what they say to themselves. Ignor what they say to your face. Lying to the Abode of War is part and partial of who they are, who their god is and who his alter-ego Muhammed is. Oh by the way, the better word for the Treaty of Hudaybiyah is Hudna.

  • yossibarnegev

    "Did Satan learn about taqiyyeh from Allah, or the opposite?"

    Surprise: How about Allah is Satan!

    • StephenD

      Also known as "The Father of Lies"

    • Arnold Fishman

      right on. you nailed it!

  • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

    David, are you still fuming about Arafat and Rabin? Isn’t enough that Israel killed both if them years ago? Aren’t they dead enough for you yet? Should we go dig up the Amorites and kill their bones?

    • zionista

      no dummy – aids took down the unshaven homely pedophile arafat – no wonder his 'wife' sewer arafat ran off to paris with the millions they swindled from their own people.
      You'rd soooooo typical of the garden variety Jew hater – a no nothing moron.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        Good luck with your continued mastery of English. The video footage showed Arafat dying of disease related renal failure while under an Israeli blockade, under mounting world pressure, an Israel easing off just in time to absolve themselves of killing him cruelly. It’s a fact and Zionism cannot change a fact any more than Wahabbism can change a fact.

    • tanstaafl

      Still waiting for your apology……….

    • UCSPanther

      The IDF just simply cornered Arafat, and let nature (In the form of AIDS and Kaposi's sarcoma) take its course.

      It was a defeat for Arafat, since he died with a whimper, and no one came to his aid. It showed that the rest of the Arab world, despite their rhetoric, viewed Arafat as more trouble than he was worth.

      Now he is forgotten, swept aside by new generations of terrorists.

      • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

        He’s not forgotten. David is still wailing at the wall about him.

        • UCSPanther

          And morons like you view him as a hero.

          Face it: He was a wretched terrorist, and a cowardly and incompetent one at that.

          • http://www.contextflexed.com Flipside

            I don’t see him as a hero. I also don’t see him as any worse than Ehud Olmert.

      • Anamah

        He was a well known pedophile and perverted man. His wife did never allowed him to stay alone with his daughter. As Oriana Fallacci described him it was frankly despicably wet. An unstoppable slobbery snogging offender, never telling the truth always practicing takiyya.

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Arafat’s lies to Clinton and Rabin were an excellent example of a 1,400 year old Muslim tradition of Taqiyya: tricking the enemy in wartime by offering a false peace or truce, but preparing to attack once the enemy lets down its guard.

    Tricking the enemy in wartime is all the time, as the jihad being waged against non-Muslim unbelievers is perpetual until Islam has been made supreme. In fact, Muslims are forbidden from making peace with non-Muslim unbelievers, as that is blasphemous and blasphemy is a capital offense in Islam.

    However, luckily for them there is an out, Muslims can make disingenuous treaties with non-Muslim unbelievers called Hudnas modeled off of Muhammad's Treaty of Hudaybiyyah in 628 AD with the Quraysh tribe, which he broke as soon as he perceived that he had gained the upper hand. In fact, the current peace treaty between Israel and Egypt is a Hudna and will inevitably be broken the instant the Egyptian Muslims perceive that they have gained the upper hand.

    Hence, the moral of the story is never ever negotiate with Muslims unless you want to be duped. In fact, that is the reason the so-called peace process is a farce. As Muslims can't genuinely make peace with the Jewish unbelievers in Israel and in reality are using the peace process to weaken Israel and to dupe gullible useful idiots.

    Indeed, per the dictates of Islam, genuinely making peace with non-Muslim unbelievers would constitute an act of blasphemy, which again is a capital offense, since it flies in the face of the raison d'etre, main goal, and sole fundamental purpose of Islam, which is to become supreme and dominate the world.

    Taqiyya (lit. ‘caution’) denotes the deceit or dissimulation used by Shiites, who may lie and even commit blasphemous acts to conceal their religion when they are under threat of persecution from majority Sunnis. It has long been used in its other manifestation, as an integral part of Muslim military strategy, employing trickery and deceit to mislead the enemy (for a detailed discussion see John Esposito’s The Oxford Dictionary of Islam, Oxford University Press, 2003).

    Yeah right…believing anything written by John Esposito is like negotiating with Muslims, don't do it unless you want to be duped. John Esposito is either a hired gun paid to white wash Islam, a stealth Muslim, or most probably both, and you can take it to the bank that anything he writes or says about Islam is itself taqiyya.

    Similarly he told the west that he was trying to rein in Hamas and enforce the ban on terrorism to which he had agreed in the Oslo Accords.

    Actually, Arafat wasn't lying about enforcing the ban on terrorism, as terrorism, which is an un-Islamic manifestation only, is blasphemous and blasphemy in Islam is a capital offense. However, on the other hand, the Oslo Accords doesn't say anything about reigning in violent and non-violent jihad, which in Islam is holy fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme. Not only that, but anyone negotiating with Muslims is again asking to be duped.

    reminding its followers in Arabic that they must continue the ‘struggle’ (the terror war against Israel) until victory or martyrdom.

    Actually, in Arabic jihad means to ‘struggle,’ and that struggle can be both violent and non-violent in stark contrast to terrorism, which as its name implies is always only violent. Meanwhile, terrorism in Islam is a capital offense because it is blasphemy, as terrorism unlike jihad can be for any number of political causes other than fighting in the cause of Allah against non-Muslim unbelievers to make Islam supreme.

    What is going on in Israel is not an ethnic conflict between Arabs and Israelis or more specifically an ethnic conflict between so-called Palestinians and Israelis. What is going on instead is a permanent jihad of conquest and one of many permanent jihads of conquest that are being waged by the Islamic world perpetually throughout the world against various non-Muslim unbelievers simultaneously, the Jewish unbelievers in Israel being one of many jihads of conquest, that altogether comprises the stealth global jihad.

    –continued below

  • ObamaYoMoma

    Hence, if Israel is smart it will assign its foreign ministry ASAP to create common cause with the many other victims of violent jihad in the world, such as the Hindu unbelievers in Kashmir, Jammu, and India, the Buddhist unbelievers in Thailand, the Christian unbelievers in the Philippines, the Orthodox Christian and atheist unbelievers in Chechnya and Russia, the animist and Christian unbelievers in Cote D'Ivoire, Nigeria, Sudan, Somalia, Kenya, and Ethiopia, the Orthodox Christian Serb unbelievers in Bosnia and Kosovo, etc., etc., etc., ad nauseum, to unite together against the Islamic world to form a united front because there is strength in numbers and to demand that any and all negotiations held between them, the victims of violent jihad, and the Islamic world be conducted collectively with all of them together simultaneously to draw attention to the stealth global jihad.

    Furthermore, supporters of Israel need to stop portraying the permanent jihad of conquest that is being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by the Islamic world as an ethnic conflict between so-called Palestinians and Israelis ASAP, as that in effect is taqiyya and by doing so those so-called Israel supporters are in effect lending credence to what is really taqiyya employed by the Islamic world to dupe gullible useful idiots. Indeed, by continuing to falsely portray the jihad of conquest being waged perpetually against the Jewish unbelievers in Israel by the Islamic world as being an ethnic conflict between Arabs and Israelis, those Israel supporters are actually inadvertently harming the interests of Israel.

    • hammer

      THANK YOU so very much for your very learned, and right on the mark opinion! After having worked for over 20 years in the Middle East, anyone living there can see that the Arabs are laughing at the US and Obama. They see Obama as one of their own, and see the rest of the US as willing dupes and participants in their own destruction. As the Blind Sheik once said, "We will destroy you with your own freedoms and your own laws". Taqiyya is alive and well throughout Islam.
      Taqiyya: Precautionary dissimulation or deception and keeping one's convictions secret.
      A synonymous term, Kitman: Mental reservation and dissimulation or concealment of malevolent intentions.

      • Western Canadian

        I do believe we have a sock puppet here. Anyone who can refer to obym as ‘learned’ is either an even bigger fool then obym (an impossibility, the universe isn’t big enough to contain two such oversized fools), or obym himself logging on under a different name, to try to give the impression he is something besides a lonely fool.

        *terrorism, which is an un-Islamic manifestation only* is a load of utter rubbish, with no basis in anything islamic. The most vicious, cowardly, hate filled creed in all of human history, islam, is based on slavery, rape, terrorism, lies, back-stabbing, theft, torture, fear and everything else that makes human life much less than it could be.

        Mo’s exhortations to cut off the tips of the fingers, to lie in wait, to smite them at the neck, etc. all are elements of terrorism. This lout is incredible. Or islamic.

        • ObamaYoMoma

          In other words, you don't have any problem whatsoever with mass Muslim immigration to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme, since if it isn't violent, then it isn't terrorism, and if it isn't terrorism, then there isn't any reason for it to be outlawed or opposed.

          Anyway, do me a favor, list all the Western countries where mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage has been occurring for decades and where the vast overwhelming majority of Muslim immigrants actually assimilated and integrated and then matriculated into becoming productive and contributing citizens of their newly adopted countries.

          Excuse me if I won't hold my breath, because I know already there aren't any. As Muslims never ever migrate to the West or anywhere else for that matter to assimilate and integrate, but instead to eventually subjugate and dominate via the imposition of Sharia for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme.

          In fact, mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme isn't outlawed or opposed anywhere in the world, and the reason it isn't outlawed or opposed anywhere in the world, is because jihad, which can be violent and non-violent but primarily is usually non-violent, per the dictates of PC multiculturalism, is always conflated and morally equated as being terrorism, which as its name implies is always only violent. Thus, conflating and morally equating jihad with terrorism enables non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme, to occur completely below the radar of scrutiny and totally unacknowledged and unopposed. Indeed, since non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad isn't violent, it isn't construed as being terrorism, and if it isn't construed as being terrorism, then it isn't outlawed or opposed.

          Finally, unless something very drastic happens, the Islamic world can't hope to conquer the West via violent jihad, since the West is way too far advanced for that to ever happen. However, via non-violent stealth and deceptive jihad, such as mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage to the West for the purpose of stealth demographic conquest to make Islam supreme, combined with PC multiculturalism, the Islamic world can conquer the West. In fact it's already happening throughout Europe, and it will also happen in the USA and Canada too unless we change course sooner rather than later.

  • Ben

    I`d like to evaluate the Turk`s membership in NATO as the treaty with+infidels.

  • LindaRivera

    Global Muslim savage terrorist Arafat and his barbaric PLO committed satanic atrocities and mass murders of Lebanon's Christians. Arafat and his PLO were REWARDED for their great evil against Christians. They were introduced to Israel as their "peace" partner. Arafat and his PLO were given control over JEWISH land, given mega money, weapons and military training.

    Arafat and his PLO/PA did EXACTLY as was expected of them: severely persecuted the Arab Christians placed under their brutal OCCUPATION, and waged constant jihad against Israel's Jews.

    Not one inch of Free World Jewish Land to barbaric enemies! Not now. Not ever.

  • Eagle in NYC

    " Did Satan learn about taqiyyeh from Allah, or the opposite?"

    I believe that Submission is Satan's 7th Century Death Cult and Muhammed his cult leader.

  • SoCalMike

    The only reason the media keep running this BS Peace Process template is to give Jew-haters more opportunity to murder Jews.
    The US doesn't have a class of more malignant parasites than our media.
    Fumigating the NY Times would be a good start but wouldn't even scratch the surface since our schools of "journalism" are occupied with America hating leftists.

  • sidefilippe

    It's interesting to know 'Allah Himself is described as “the best of schemers” (3:54, 8:30, 10:21)'. If so almighty, why need any scheme?

    Looks like the lefts and the Western leaders are all falling into Islam's tactics of domination? Or are they all secret Moslims?

  • burkasrugly

    We need Congressman Alan West as president! He understands the Islamic threat. http://actjonesboroar.wordpress.com/2012/01/15/al

  • SANDRA

    Please Read: Shariah-The Threat to America(AN EXERCISE IN COMPETITIVE ANALYSIS) REPORT OF TEAM B II

  • Saltire

    We are so screwed. Our diplomats believe what Muslim diplomats tell them and the promises given to us.