Let me present to you, the reader, a question … would you rather sit at a bar sipping on tequila, or be the next victim of taqiyya? Most would assume that the answer is obvious: sip the tequila. That is exactly what we all do; we choose the pleasant offering and close our eyes to the negative one. But through the eventual haze that tequila will always give its consumer a shift can be seen outside of the cosy little bars, in which we sit.


 

They aren’t the most obvious of changes; just tiny changes here and there. Changes that do not affect society as a whole, but to those who are subject to them, life changes. Insecurity rears its ugly head, paranoia niggles at the back of their minds, an underlying fear gently rests itself on their shoulders; but most importantly, their previous ignorance and narrow-mindedness continuously jabs them in the side. Why? Because they hold a regret that is yet to, and may well never cease.

If I now presented the previously given question to those who chose the tequila and found themselves changed, they most certainly would choose to pay attention to the taqiyya instead. It is not a sin to stay with the flock: do as society does and find yourself accepted and content. But perhaps it would be advisable, for the sake of the future generations in the west, to choose to open our eyes to the taqiyya and reject the sweet tasting tequila.

Taqiyya, if you are unaware, is the art of deception within the Islamic doctrine. Muslim scholars teach their students that they should be truthful unless the purpose of lying is to smooth over their differences with another. To be honest, it sounds relatively considerate of them when jotted down on paper — if the ‘differences’ surround the amenities of your local woodland. Unfortunately though, taqiyya is typically used in an attempt to advance the cause of Islam — often in an effort to gain the trust of a ‘non-believer’ in order to draw out their vulnerability and defeat them. It is an art form as old as Islam itself.

Historically speaking, the prophet Muhammad himself used taqiyya and deception many times to achieve his goals. Take for example his ten-year peace treaty with the Meccans which allowed him free movement across the city of Mecca. The Meccans who agreed to the treaty were unpleasantly surprised to find themselves being executed at Muhammad’s hand while their city was conquered by his forces, just two years later.

According to Ibn Ishaq, an Arab historian who collected oral traditions that formed the basis of an important biography of the prophet Muhammad, Usayr ibn Zarim was midway through the process of gathering an armed force with which he would oppose the Muslims. In turn, Muhammad sent his emissaries to ibn Zarim and convinced him that he should leave the safety of his citadel to attend a meeting in Medina with the Prophet to discuss peace between the two men. As soon as ibn Zarim was vulnerable, he and his thirty companions were slaughtered by the Muslims after leaving their combat gear, because they were guaranteed safe passage.

In the modern-day we can see this very same practice. The 9/11 hijackers — devout Muslims — were seen going into bars and drinking alcohol, which is abhorrent in the eyes of Islam, thus throwing off any potential suspicion that they were Islamists plotting jihad. They then went further. Flight 93’s transmission records revealed that the hijackers stated that there was a bomb on board the plane, but that if all their demands were met the passengers would be fine. Subsequently, there was little rebellion aboard the plane. The hijackers saw nothing wrong with employing taqiyya to allow for the execution of mass murder.

Scholars at the university al-Azhar in Cairo decreed, in 2013, that Muslims are allowed to wear the cross in order to deceive Christians into thinking that they are friendly. They did this whilst citing 3:28, which states that Muslims are not to be friends with non-Muslims unless it is in an effort to guard themselves:

‘Let not the believers take the disbelievers as Auliya (supporters, helpers, etc.) instead of the believers, and whoever does that will never be helped by Allah in any way, except if you indeed fear a danger from them. And Allah warns you against Himself (His Punishment), and to Allah is the final return’.

The Left-wing of politics in the west falls victim to taqiyya far too often. They often seem blind to the truth and the term itself. Yet something that is abundantly clear in the Islamic doctrine, is the fact that Quranic verses and the Hadith are very much lacking in the encouragement of truthfulness. These are the texts that many modern Muslims, regrettably, rely on for their morals, values, and for guidance.

Perhaps we should open our eyes, as one people, and see the dusk of taqiyya leading only to a misty tequila sunrise.