Friday, November 18, 2016
The concept of taqiyah allows Muslims to deceive non-Muslims. This word means to mislead, dissimulate or outwit. So a Muslim who feels threatened because of his religion can deny anything that might endanger him—even his faith!
Taqiyah is based on quranic verses such as: “Let not believers take disbelievers as supporters… except if you fear danger from them” (Quran 3:28, Noble Translation, p. 71).
Muslim commentators explain this verse as follows:
- “If you, Muslims, are under non-Muslim authority, and you fear for your safety, act as if you are loyal to those non-Muslims… while hiding inner hatred for them.”
- “When a Muslim fears evil from non-Muslims, he may protect himself through outward show.”
- “Let us grin in some people’s faces while our hearts curse them.”
So Muslims can act like non-Muslims and even claim they are Christians to protect themselves!
Lord Christ, Light of the world, the way and the truth and the life, we worship and adore you. Our hearts groan for Muslims who do not know you as the glorious Lord and loving Savior.
We are surprised that this teaching is part of their religion. We are tempted to denounce them for sanctioning deception. Forgive us, Lord. Help us to intercede for Muslims with compassion.
You desire honesty, truth and integrity (Psalm 51:6). We pray for those who deceive others. Draw them to you and cheer their hearts with your divine presence. Lead them by the hand to the cross, shower your mercy upon them and help them experience your grace.
When Muslims who have come to Jesus share the Gospel, fill them with courage they have never known before. In Christ’s name I pray.
“If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples. You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:31-32, GW).
 Hans Weir, p. 1282.
 Taqiyah in Islamic Thought (Arabic), Dr Sayyed Thamer Amidi, Risalah Center, n.d., p.11.
 At-Tabari, d. 923.
 Ibn Kathir, d. 1373.
 Abu Darda, one of Muhammad’s close companions.