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Taqiyya About Taqiyya in BuzzFeed

The establishment media is always ready to explain to us how, despite the ever-mounting body count of jihad warfare, Islam is entirely benign and teaches peace and tolerance.

To pull off this legerdemain requires advanced skill in the art of deception -- a level of skill that was on display in a recent BuzzFeed piece designed to show us that Islam doesn’t teach deception at all, contrary to the claims of those nasty right-wing “Islamophobes.”

In assuring us that taqiyya, deception of unbelievers in Islam, is not really Islamic, BuzzFeed served up generous helpings of deception.

Ishmael N. Daro of BuzzFeed writes: “Mohammad Fadel, an expert on Islamic law at the University of Toronto, described taqiyya (and its many alternative spellings) as ‘a doctrine of prudential dissimulation’ that arose from a time when Muslims were minorities in hostile societies. It instructed Muslims that hiding one’s faith could be permissible to escape persecution. It’s more closely associated with the Shiite branch of Islam, whose adherents are themselves often minorities within Muslim societies.”

Fadel leaves out the fact that the Muslims who were “minorities in hostile societies” were Shi’a Muslims in Sunni Muslim societies. He gives a hint of this when he says: “It’s more closely associated with the Shiite branch of Islam, whose adherents are themselves often minorities within Muslim societies.”

Only an attentive reader will put together the fact that it was Muslim-on-Muslim persecution -- Sunni persecution of Shi’ites -- that led the Shi’ites to develop this concept.

As I explain in my book The Complete Infidel’s Guide to Iran, the concept of taqiyya was formulated during the time of the sixth Imam, Jafar al-Sadiq, in the middle of the Eighth Century, when the Shi’ites were being persecuted by the Sunni caliph al-Mansur. Taqiyya allowed Shi’ites to pretend to be Sunnis in order to protect themselves from Sunnis who were killing Shi’ites. Until the conversion of Persia to Shi’ism, taqiyya was an important element of Shi’ite survival. Sunnis, in the majority almost everywhere, would not infrequently take it upon themselves to cleanse the land of those whom they referred to as Rafidites, or rejecters: those who rejected the caliphates of Abu Bakr, Umar, and Uthman.

Fadel adds: “The Qur’an permitted Muslims in that situation, who were fleeing death or torture or other bad treatment, to dissemble about their true beliefs. And as long as they were faithful in their hearts, they would not be considered sinful.”

But then BuzzFeed adds that Fadel “said taqiyya does not allow for broad deceptions and has no connection to Sharia.”

How could something that the Qur’an permits have no connection to Sharia? Sharia is formulated from the Qur’an and Sunnah. Fadel is relying on the ignorance of his audience.