Al-Taqiya – the Islamic art of lying and deceiving non-Muslims in the cause of Islam – is an age-old Islamic practice, used since the days of Prophet Muhammad. Despite being widely discussed Muslims continue to practice Taqiya even in explaining what Taqiya is. Here’s a sample of Islamic texts (Quran, Hadith and Sharia Law) that will make the concept of Al-Taqiya in Islam crystal clear once more:

Al-Taqiya in the Quran

1)   Qurqn 2:225 permits taking false oath: “Allah does not impose blame upon you for what is unintentional in your oaths, but He imposes blame upon you for what your hearts have earned. And Allah is Forgiving and Forbearing.

2)   Quran 3:28 permits pretending friendship with infidels: “Let not believers take disbelievers as allies rather than believers. And whoever [of you] does that has nothing with Allah, except when taking precaution against them in prudence. And Allah warns you of Himself, and to Allah is the [final] destination.

3)   Quran 9:3 permits oath-breaking under favorable situation: “And an announcement from Allah and His Messenger, to the people (assembled) on the day of the Great Pilgrimage,- that Allah and His Messenger dissolve (treaty) obligations with the Pagans…

Also verse 66:2: “Allah has already ordained for you, (O men), the dissolution of your oaths (in some cases): and Allah is your Protector, and He is Full of Knowledge and Wisdom.

4)   Quran 16:106 permits Muslims to lie about their faith (pretend to be non-Muslim) under difficult situation: “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 Penalty.” (also see 40:28)

Al-Taqiya in the Hadith

  • Allah’s apostle said, “…War is deceit.” (Abu Dawud 14:2629, 2631; Sahih Bukhari 4:52:26,267-268)
  • Allah’s apostle granted permission to lie in only in three cases: “in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them)." (Sahih Muslim (32:6303)
  • Muhammad said: "Lying is wrong, except in three things: the lie of a man to his wife to make her content with him; a lie to an enemy, for war is deception; or a lie to settle trouble between people." (Ahmad, 6.459. H)
  • Prophet Muhammad sent his disciples for killing Jewish poet Ka'b bin al-Ashraf, who had criticized Muhammad, permitting them to lie and deceive so that they could draw him out of his house at night on friendly pretense. (Bukhari 50:369)

Al-Taqiya in Safi’i Law

"Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible (i.e. when the purpose of lying is to circumvent someone who is preventing one from doing something permissible), and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory... it is religiously precautionary in all cases to employ words that give a misleading impression.." [Reliance of the Traveler, p. 746/8.2 (Shaffi Fiqh)]

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