Counterterrorism experts starting to awaken to the reality of taqiyya

Counter-jihadists have known about taqiyya for years, but they’ve been dismissed as greasy Islamophobes with no credibility. Mainstream (i.e. politically correct, as you can see from the denials below that there is anything distinctively Islamic about taqiyya) counterterrorism experts, however, are now beginning to realize that the “Islamophobes” were on to something.

Qur’an 3:28 warns believers not to take unbelievers as “friends or helpers” (َأَوْلÙيَا — a word that means more than casual friendship, but something like alliance), “unless (it be) that ye 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 tuqÄtan (تÙقَاةً), the verbal noun from taqiyyatan — hence the increasingly familiar term taqiyya.

Ibn Kathir says that the phrase Pickthall renders as “unless (it be) that ye 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).

“Taqiyya, or the terrorist “˜art of deception,'” by Anne-Diandra Louarn for France 24, March 14 (thanks to Rosine):

A year after the Toulouse attacks by Mohamed Merah…, French counterterrorism experts are monitoring the practice of “taqiyya” – or deceiving society by concealing one’s faith — and its uses in jihadist circles.

Nearly a year ago, as one of France’s longest-ever police sieges was about to end on the morning of March 22, 2012, Mohamed Merah — also known as “the Toulouse gunman” — uttered a cry that seemed enigmatic to the uninformed, but was weighted with meaning for counterterrorism experts.

It’s not the money, it’s the deception that’s critical,” said the 23-year-old French-Algerian shortly before he jumped off his Toulouse apartment window and was gunned down by an elite French anti-terror unit.

The somewhat cryptic cry was a likely reference to “taqiyya” — a form of religious dissimulation or legal dispensation in which believers deny their faith or even commit blasphemous acts as a deception if they are seriously threatened or at risk of persecution.

“Concealment is a technique as old as the world,” explained French anti-terrorism judge Marc Trévidic in an interview with FRANCE 24. “It’s also an essential component of any war strategy, regardless of the people involved.”

Sure, but Islam is unique among religions in having a “war strategy.”

In Islam, taqiyya dates back to the time when Shiite Muslims were hounded and persecuted by the Sunni caliphs following the 7th century schism between the followers of the Prophet’s son-in-law, Ali, and the Sunni caliphate.

For the traditionally persecuted Shiite minority, deception — or taqiyya — was considered a matter of survival. Although the term does not exist in Sunni jurisprudence, there have been rare cases of Sunnis practicing taqiyya in extraordinary circumstances.

Actually, because it is based on the Qur’an, many Sunnis practice it, even if they don’t refer to it as such.

But it was not until the term was recovered by Sunni jihadists trained in the Afghan terror camps that it began to get the attention of counterterrorism experts as trained and radicalised young men began practising taqiyya as a means of integrating and disguising themselves in Western societies.

“Taqiyya, as it’s understood today, is actually a radicalised version of concealment, in the sense that some religious extremists have found ‘dalils’ (or ‘evidence’) in the Koran that would justify their actions,” said Trévidic.

Actually, it isn’t just “extremists” who have found evidence for taqiyya in the Qur’an, but venerable centuries-old and mainstream Muslim authorities, as explained above.

From Afghanistan to Europe and Canada

In France, intelligence agencies have been aware of the radicalised adoption of taqiyya since the mid-1990s, when al Qaeda began to advocate this technique among recruits plotting attacks on Western targets. The message was also targeted at French citizens of North African origins.

“These people who took the path of taqiyya were called “˜sleepers”. This is when we began to discover that after their passage through the jihadist training camps in Afghanistan, the recruits were sent home and directed to make a show of their ordinary, integrated lives – sometimes even masquerading as unbelievers,” said Trévidic.

One of the best-known jihadist sleepers was the “Hamburg cell”, the infamous group of radicalized students in that German city who went on to execute the September 11, 2001, attacks — including 9/11 leader Mohamed Atta.

Another example of a terrorist in disguise was Fateh Kamel, a handsome Algerian-Canadian who was sentenced to eight years in jail by a French court in 1999 for supporting a terrorist plot against targets in Paris.

Assessing the danger of Islamists

But while Merah’s behaviour may have been deceptive in keeping with taqiyya norms, his activities were well known to the French secret services, according to Trévidic.

According to the anti-terror judge, the challenge for French authorities is not so much to identify the followers of taqiyya, but to assess their threat levels. “That is the whole problem of the DCRI [Direction centrale du renseignement intérieur — or the French domestic intelligence agency] in the Merah case,” noted Trévidic.

If Merah’s suspicious trips to places like Pakistan were being monitored and French intelligence agents were aware that he belonged to a small Toulouse-based Salafist group, they failed to distinguish between a low-level delinquent and a potentially dangerous Islamist militant — or at which point the former could become the latter.

Trévidic acknowledges that it’s a challenge for the DCRI to identify radicalised youth ready and capable of putting their plans into action. But that’s the strength of taqiyya followers: in the impoverished, immigrant-dominated French suburbs — or banlieues in French – they often behave like local gangsters or gang leaders. To escape the counterterrorism radar, it’s not uncommon for potential terrorists to engage in minor acts of delinquency.

“˜Rediscovering what we already know”

“No country is truly equipped against concealment. What we know today is that practices such as taqiyya require a deep infiltration of our territory, an in-depth knowledge of groups and individuals, as well as an effective system of recovering and retrieving information in the field,” said Trévidic.

The dismantling of suspected sleeper cells, such as the March 7-8 arrests of three terror suspects in the southern French town of Marignane (a suburb of Marseille), has intensified in the wake of the Merah case. “In terrorism, we are constantly rediscovering what we already know,” notes Trévidic.

It’s a view mirrored by Alain Gresh, deputy director of the left-wing monthly Le Monde Diplomatique. In an interview with FRANCE 24, Gresh noted that taqiyya is not a new phenomenon. “Who are the terrorists who shout their intentions from rooftops?” he asked.

In a blog post published on March 2, Gresh argued that the media treatment of taqiyya has sometimes been “racist” and inappropriate. “Some journalists have suggested that Arabs have a perverse way of thinking that is permitted by their religion. Concealment is not limited to radical Islam. It is found in all religious doctrines and even in political doctrines,” he noted.

Alain Gresh should know better. Taqiyya is a doctrine of Islam, not of Arabs. Does he think that all Muslims are Arabs? And no, there is nothing comparable to taqiyya in Christianity — the Roman Catholic understanding of mental reservation probably comes closest, but is still miles away from the sophisticated and elaborate deception of unbelievers that taqiyya can involve. Christianity never encourages concealment of one’s faith — the stories of Christian martyrs frequently involve refusal to renounce one’s faith even when under pressure of death. This is in sharp contrast to the Qur’an’s excusing of people who deny their faith under pressure: “Whoever disbelieves in Allah after his belief — except for one who is forced while his heart is secure in faith — but those who open their breasts to disbelief, upon them is wrath from Allah, and for them is a great punishment” (Qur’an 16:106).

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  1. says


    A bit off your topic, perhaps, but I see a bit of the France 24 evening news now and then on one of the local PBS stations and even though they have their feet firmly planted in the Euro-lefty sphere, they do air some informative segments and interviewées especially concerning former French colonial areas in Africa. In particular, there’s a monseiur named Emmanuel Goujon who is providing some good analysis of the Mali Theater of the Islamowar.

  2. says

    I have heard the term ‘Takiyye’ (Turkish for Taqiyya used often in the Sunni context in english articles from the Hurriyet daily.

    “Furthermore, in this Turkish court document, Taqiyya is described as:

    The political parties that take political islam as their basis do not have anything
    common with the Christian Democrat Parties in Europe. The political Islam in Turkey
    does not remain limited with the area between the individual and the God but it claims to
    regulate the rule of state and society. The basic code of political islam is sharia….
    Political islam and its constitution sharia are not democratic but totalitarian. Political
    islam uses democracy as a tool and sharia as its goal. For this reason, in order to evade
    from watching of rules and institutions of democracy to protect itself, it uses the method
    of “takiyye” (deceit) which finds its sources in sharia”

    Furthermore, Bülent Arınç (now vice pm of Turkey) is quoted in the document himself admitting to using taqiyya. This pretty much disproves any idea that taqiyya is exclusive to Shiites.

  3. says

    The Sunnis have their own word, Muda’rat.

    Sam Solomon, an ex-Muslim, was a Professor of Sharia Law for 15 years. He writes in in his book about Hijra (“Modern Day Trojan Horse”) “Muda’rat is a Sunni doctrine of deception. It is also another name for takkiya. Not many people know about this doctrine outside the circles of the Ulama or the learned scholars of Islam. Muda’rat simply means flattery, adulation, conformity with deceit, trickery, keeping pace with, wrap, conceal or hide. This deceptive behavior can be practiced with anybody when necessary…Bukhari reports in Hadith no.5780 that the Prophet said ‘We must deal with our enemies with smiles on our faces and curses in our hearts.’ Muhammed went on to say ‘War is deception.’ This deception can be practiced at a personal level as well as at a community level through its leaders and institutions…

    “Muhammad practiced takiyya by claiming new revelations all in the favor of the Jews. He said that they are the chosen people of Allah..relating the stories of most of their prophets using their religious terminology etc and that he was in the line of those prophets now sent to the Arabian people. But while claiming all those revelations in favor of the Jews his intentions were very different. This is shown by the content of his pact with the Aws and the Khazraj. For it was radically opposite to all what he was pretending to be saying to the Jews. Ibn Ishaq reports in his Sira that the pledge of loyalty made by the 75 men…was not a religious pledge of loyalty for preaching and proclaiming Muhammad’s message but it was a military pact to fight, kill or subdue the ‘red and black’–the Jews & Quraish.”

    In his study of mosques, Solomon writes “takiyya permeates almost all the activities and dealings of Muslims with non-Muslim societies… Takiyya means ‘caution, fear or disguise.’ It permits the suspension, as the need arises, of almost any or all religious requirements–including a total denial of faith–when fearing threat, injury or compulsion of any kind in a non-Muslim society, or even in a Muslim society. Takiyya is practiced by all Muslims, Sunni and Shi’ites alike, and all other Islamic sects.”

    Takiyya can be practiced even when under oath (Sura 2:225 ‘Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts.'; 5:89 ‘Allah will not call you to account for what is futile in your oaths but He will call you to account for your deliberate oaths.’)

    Thus we see “in Pakistan numerous Muslims, backed by mosques, have under oath accused innocent Christians, Hindus and others of blaspheming Muhammad. Others, having burned or torn pages of the Qur’an, then presented it as evidence of blasphemy, as though committed by those non-Muslims, namely Christians…many of these victims have spent years in horrible conditions behind bars, while families became outcasts…in the recent crisis of the Danish cartoons some Muslims added more cartoons to those that they were rioting about, which showed Muhammad in a worse light. They then showed these to fellow Muslims in order to whip up frenzy and violence against Europeans. Many were killed, many others lost their livelihood as their businesses were burnt down. How can a Muslim do that? There is a fatwa–an Islamic juristic decree–endorsing the insult of Muhammad if done in the state of takiyya.”

  4. says

    “You can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.” Abraham Lincoln

    And so, taqiyya will not work, especially now that we live in an age of instant transmission of information. Taqiyya works much better when there’s a vacuum of info, or there’s nothing around to contradict it.

    Lying clowns!

  5. says

    Ali Sina, “Understanding Muhammad – A Psychobiography of Allah’s Prophet”, Chapter “Taqiyyah: the Holy Deception” (p.56)

    “… Practicing Muslims come to the West and pretend to be moderates. They say everything you want to hear but secretly plan for your destruction. They smile; are friendly and amiable; they even pretend to be patriotic. However, their only objective is to make Islam dominant (61:9, 9:33, 2:139, 2;193). They talk the talk, but will not walk the walk.

    Lying is a strategy to advance Islam is called taqiyyah, or “holy deception.” Under taqiyyah, a Muslim is allowed to lie and say anything to pull the wool over the eyes of the non-Muslims and deceive them.

  6. says

    It don’ take a rocket scientist, folks! These folks is ‘bornd’ liars! YES, THEY IS!!!!!


    If you can’t tell that BHO and Ab-a-dumb-a-job from Iran are “LYIN’ IN YO FACE” then I gots a bridge up in Brooklyn, REAL CHEAP, mind you! YA’LL REALLY GON’ TA LUV IT!!!!!


  7. says

    Well,SUN TZU said “Know your enemy and know yourself” and finally people are waking up.Check out:

    “Sami Zaatari,Famous Muslim Debater, is Wrong in his Video when he says the Koran is not Judeophobic/Antisemitic”

    “Kabir (1440–1518),the Father of Hindi Literature in India,an Illiterate Poet,was an Apostate of Islam”

  8. says

    Call it taqiyya or muda’rat or anyother name, it is well known in India for centuries that Muslims are liars and can never be trutsed!! There is a saying – “Mussalman ka baccha, kabhi na saccha” – or “a Muslim is never ever truthful”! Now you know the genesis of most of sayings is the age old everyday experience of people from which they have learned. Muslims practice taqiyya in their daily life without fera of Mo/allah since it is he who santioned it for them.

    The West is just beginning to learn!!

  9. says

    Most Western politicians are not doing their homework. They are not studying the enemy’s strategy or methods. They are vulnerable dupes. They are letting us down.

    The enemy normally lies to us with a straight, sincere expression. They must be laughing to themselves like crazy.

  10. says

    Bishop McManus, please read the excellent comment above by NICK DANGER about TAQIYYA.

    Any clergyman who is unaware of taqiyya will be the fool of crafty Islamic SACRED PREVARICATION.

    Can you afford to be tricked?

    (Thank you ‘Nick Danger’ for your superb post. All JW readers should memorize it!)

  11. says

    “now beginning to realize that the “Islamophobes” were on to something.”

    I wonder do these people know or care how many lives have been lost because of their ignorance?.. And all along people like R.S., P.G., B.G., B.W. and dozens more have been sounding the bell of alarm. To warn these fools that their lives, families lives, friends lives, nation future, and religions years may all be numbered. Life as we know it is in grave danger.

    Mean time Capital Hill goes about their business as though knowthing could be nicer. I am so sick of legislators and presidents milkin’ the citizens for all they can. Then when the citizens do pass a bill. The White house tosses it out. These people are suppose to be working for us, not us for them.

    We can’t let Islam walk in here and take what we’ve fought and died for, in all of these wars and all these years………

  12. says

    Once enough non-Muslims *get* this, really really *get* this, and draw the logical conclusion, then that will be *it*.

    i think I will send a copy of this article – and Raymond ibrahim’s series of articles on Deception, in Islam – to my parish priest.

    Because she and I visited a local mosque, the other day – my priest is currently doing a short course in comparative religion, and visiting the mosque and watching people go through their ritual, was ‘homework’ [she will be visiting other places, too, not just a Muslim place]. We were greeted by someone who I would guess is their resident da’wa artist for women – a Fijian Indian lady, headbag but no niqab or burqa, young, extremely pretty, and so sweeeeet that she made your teeth ache.

    Maybe this article will help my priest to understand that those smiles and that flowery politeness may actually have been as false as hell.

  13. says

    From the article – “But that’s the strength of taqiyya followers: in the impoverished, immigrant-dominated French suburbs – or banlieues in French – they often behave like local gangsters or gang leaders. To escape the counterterrorism radar, it’s not uncommon for potential terrorists to engage in minor acts of delinquency…”.

    O well. If that’s the case, then Ockham’s Razor and the Precautionary Principle say – Assume the worst. IF they’re engaging in ‘minor acts of delinquency’, maybe they’re *also* plotting Jihad…

    After all, there is the other principle- Unfaithful in little, unfaithful also in much – as many a cop knows who has stopped a vehicle because of some minor infringement of road rules or vehicle safety, and has discovered that the occupant/s of the car were Up To No Good in some major way.

    When NYC was being cleaned up, after starting with the subway graffitists they moved on to the fare jumpers…and when they arrested them and did fullscale checks, complete with frisking and crosschecking of ID, fingerprints, and possible criminal record, they found that quite a lot of people who were dodging paying fare, were *also* carrying illegal weapons, or had warrants out against them for robbery, assault, and other serious crimes.

    MAkes me wonder how many of the Muslims engaged in various sorts of minor and major crime, of the conventional kind, in western Sydney and other parts of Australia, may not be playing the same sort of game: concealing their real, mass-murderous Jihad intentions, behind a screen of minor criminality? ‘Ignore me, I’m just a petty crim, not a jihadist..”.

    Incidentally, this discovery makes an excellent case for the deportation, from the West, of Muslims who’ve been caught committing crimes of any kind, not just of those actually caught plotting/ advocating/ attempting Jihad (of the combat / terror variety) as such.

    Turf out the identified crims and you might find you’ve turfed out the jihadists into the bargain.