News & Politics

How 'Taqiyya' Works, In the Bedroom and In the Courtroom

In Islam, lying to the infidel is not a sin:

A Saudi millionaire has been cleared of raping a teenager after claiming he might have accidentally penetrated the 18-year-old when he tripped and fell on her. Property developer Ehsan Abdulaziz, 46, was accused of forcing himself on the girl as she slept off a night of drinking on the sofa of his Maida Vale flat.

He had already had sex with her 24-year-old friend and said his penis might have been poking out of his underwear after that sexual encounter when he tripped on the 18-year-old. The 18-year-old met Abdulaziz in the exclusive Cirque le Soir nightclub in the West End on 7 August last year where she had been spending the evening with her friend, who was known to the businessman.

He invited them to join him at his £1,000-per-night table and then offered them a ride home in his Aston Martin. The three went back to his apartment, where he offered them designer Roberto Cavalli vodka before taking the second girl into the bedroom for sex.

Well, you know, when you start drinking expensive vodka, anything can happen:

The teenager claimed she woke in the early hours with Abdulaziz on top of her forcing himself inside her. Abdulaziz said he had accidentally fallen on the youngster as she tried to seduce him, and that was how traces of his DNA came to be in her vagina. He said he had gone to wake her to offer her a T-shirt to sleep in or a taxi ride home, but she had pulled him on top of her and placed his hand between her legs.

The jury acquitted Abdulaziz of one count of rape after just 30 minutes of deliberations.

In his evidence, Abdulaziz demonstrated how the complainant had put her hand behind his head to pull her towards him, causing him to fall down. “I’m fragile, I fell down but nothing ever happened, between me and this girl nothing ever happened,” he insisted. He said it was possible he had semen on his hands after the sexual encounter with her friend.

During the trial, Judge Martin Griffiths permitted the rare step of allowing 20 minutes of Abdulaziz’s evidence to be heard in private.

You can read the young woman’s side of the story here:

When arrested, Abdulaziz responded by telling police “She’ll have to prove it”, the court was told… Prosecutor Jonathan Davies told a jury: “She woke up with the defendant kissing her and his penis in her vagina, she was wearing shorts and he had pulled them to one side. “She said ‘what are you doing?’ he said ‘it’s fine’ indicating that her friend was asleep. “She got up to find her friend, tried to wake her but couldn’t, she then tried to get out of the flat as quickly as she could.’

“She was very upset about what had happened to her and because she couldn’t wake her friend, she called two friends, she then called the police. “As a result or her complaint two things happened — she was spoken to and she was medically examined at a sexual assault referral centre.”

Abdulaziz initially told police he had woken the girl at 5.30 a.m. when he went to get a glass of water from the kitchen and to switch off the TV, the prosecutor said. He claimed the teenager pulled him onto her and placed his hand between her legs.

Here’s how the website al-Islam.org defines taqiyya:

The word “al-Taqiyya” literally means: “Concealing or disguising one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury.”A one-word translation would be “Dissimulation.”

The above definition must be elaborated upon before any undertaking of this topic is to ensue. Although correct, the definition suffers from an apparent generalization, and lacks some ndamental details that should be construed:

First, the concealment of one’s beliefs does not necessitate an ABANDONMENT of these beliefs. The distinction between “concealment”and “abandonment” MUST be noted here.

Second, there are numerous exceptions to the above definition, and they MUST  be judged according to the situation that one is placed in. As such, one should NOT make a narrow-minded generalization that encompasses all situations, thereby failing to fully absorb the spirit of the definition.

Third, the word “beliefs”and/or “convictions”does NOT necessarily mean “religious”beliefs and/or convictions.

With the above in mind, it becomes evident that a better, and more accurate definition of “al-Taqiyya”is “diplomacy.” The true spirit of “al- Taqiyya”is better embodied in the single word “diplomacy”because it encompasses a comprehensive spectrum of behaviors that serve to further the vested interests of all parties involved.

So there you have it: not guilty.