Middle East studies in the News
Washington Post Quotes Islamic Apologists' Taqiyya to "Prove" Ben Carson Wrong About Taqiyya [incl. Khaled Abou El Fadl and Omid Safi]
by Robert Spencer
The Washington Post, as credulous and eager to be misled by Islamic supremacists as ever, offers up taqiyya about taqiyya from some of the nation's leading taqiyya artists.
Qur'an 3:28 warns believers not to take unbelievers as "friends or helpers," "unless that you but guard yourselves against them." This is a foundation of the idea that believers may legitimately deceive unbelievers when under pressure. The word used for "guard" in the Arabic is tuqatan, the verbal noun from taqiyyatan — hence the increasingly familiar term taqiyya.
Ibn Kathir says that the phrase "unless that you but guard yourselves against them" means that "believers who in some areas or times fear for their safety from the disbelievers" may "show friendship to the disbelievers outwardly, but never inwardly. For instance, Al-Bukhari recorded that Abu Ad-Darda' said, 'We smile in the face of some people although our hearts curse them.' Al-Bukhari said that Al-Hasan said, 'The Tuqyah [taqiyya] is allowed until the Day of Resurrection." Abu Ad-Darda' was a companion of Muhammad.
While many Muslim spokesmen today maintain that taqiyya is solely a Shi'ite doctrine, shunned by Sunnis, the great Islamic scholar Ignaz Goldziher points out that while it was formulated by Shi'ites, "it is accepted as legitimate by other Muslims as well, on the authority of Qur'an 3:28." The Sunnis of Al-Qaeda practice it today.
Also, there is Muhammad's statement, "war is deceit." He also allowed for lying in battle and between a husband and wife. And when he gave permission to one of his followers, Muhammad bin Maslama, to murder one of his critics, Ka'b bin al-Ashraf, he also gave Muhammad bin Maslama permission to lie to Ka'b in order to lure him close enough to be killed.
And Muhammad is the "excellent example of conduct" for Muslims (Qur'an 33:21).
"Ben Carson's claim that 'taqiyya' encourages Muslims 'to lie to achieve your goals,'" by Glenn Kessler, Washington Post, September 22, 2015 (thanks to Neil):
No kidding, really? The "experts" say that? What a surprise! And of course the Washington Post wouldn't dare quote anyone who disagreed. That would be "Islamophobic."
Khaled Abou El Fadl is choosing his words carefully. What constitutes enough of a "threat" to allow for lying? What "goal" would be unacceptable for a Muslim to pursue by lying? He doesn't explain; he just wants Kessler to get the impression that Carson is wrong. The 20th-century Pakistani Islamic scholar and politician Syed Abul Ala Maududi was clearer and more honest. He wrote this about Qur'an 3:28: "This means that is lawful for a believer, helpless in the grip of the enemies of Islam and in imminent danger of severe wrong and persecution, to keep his faith concealed and to behave in such a way as to create the impression that he is on the same side as his enemies." What constitutes "severe wrong and persecution" is a subjective judgment. Might a Muslim spokesman or politician in the U.S. conceal certain elements of Islam and of his own intentions out of a desire to protect the Muslim community from "Islamophobia" and the foster the growth of Islam in the U.S.? Why not?
Your own, that is. In any case, the WaPo's Glenn Kessler is consulting quite a rogue's gallery of dishonest Islamic supremacists: first Khaled Abou El Fadl, and now Omid Safi. Omid Safi is supremelyarrogant and dishonest — to such an appalling extent that he has even falsely claimed that I threatened to kill him and his family, and of course refused to retract. This came after I dared to challenge his smear of me with the manipulative Muslim Brotherhood neologism of "Islamophobe" and offered to come to the class where he was slandering me and engage in discussion and debate with him and his students.
Can't Kessler find even one honest person to quote? Feldman helped create the Iraqi constitution that enshrined Sharia as the highest law of the land. At the time, he published a lengthy exposition of what Sharia was all about in the New York Times. In it, he never once mentioned the Sharia provisions mandating second-class status (dhimmitude) for Christians and conversion or death for non-Muslims not considered "People of the Book," such as Yezidis.
Apparently Kessler cannot indeed find even one honest man to quote. Way back in 2002 or 2003 I was on a radio show with Ibish. When I mentioned that the Qur'an calls disobedient Jews apes and pigs, Ibish said flatly, "That's not in the Qur'an." Well, you lying Islamic apologist, check 2:63-65; 5:59-60; and 7:166.
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