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Muslims, can you please explain Taqiyya to me?

I've heard it's deception and lying that is allowed in Islam to defeat 'the enemy' whoever or whatever that may be... is this true or is there some deeper meaning I'm just not getting?


Asked by IhartU at 10:14 AM on Aug. 29, 2012 in Religious Debate

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  • In general you cannot deny the existence and oneness of Allah (God) but Islam places high importance on the value of individual lives. In Islam killing one person is likened to killing all of mankind while saving one person is like saving all of mankind. The value of life and preservation of life is always stressed. Caring for our health and well being is also very important, so important that for example while pork and pork byproducts are considered "haram" or impermissible when a diabetic needed insulin it was permissible to take it even when derived from a pig. Likewise heparin which is required for many patients with heart conditions is also made from pigs but is permissible and in fact required so that your health can be maintained. It's no surprise then to understand that if your life or the life of others in in immediate danger that it is permissible to lie about your faith in order to preserve life. That's taqiyya

    Answer by -Cassandra- at 8:40 PM on Sep. 3, 2012


    Answer by Moseley at 10:18 AM on Aug. 29, 2012

  • Can't alway trust the wiki though Moseley. I'd like to hear it explained by an actual person who practices Islam because most of the time they have ways of making it clearer.

    Comment by IhartU (original poster) at 10:23 AM on Aug. 29, 2012



    Muslim scholars teach that Muslims should generally be truthful to each other, unless the purpose of lying is to "smooth over differences."

    There are two forms of lying to non-believers that are permitted under certain circumstances,taqiyya and kitman.  These circumstances are typically those that advance the cause Islam - in some cases by gaining the trust of non-believers in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them.  


    Answer by Sekirei at 8:37 PM on Aug. 29, 2012

  • Its lying to protect a person's life if they ever feels their life is in danger.

    Answer by virginiamama71 at 10:05 PM on Aug. 30, 2012