Non-Muslims are increasingly being censored throughout daily life. This is due to things which are seen by Muslims to be offensive within Islam, these can be seen in everyday life throughout western secular countries.
On the other hand, Non-Muslims are led to believe by the media and the governments, that Islam is tolerant and is a religion of peace.
There is obviously some discrepancy that needs to be examined, which I will look at now and also explain the deception within Islam which is prescribed by Islamic law.
Within the Sira of Muhammad and also within the ahadith there is a story of a Jewish Poet named Ka’b Ibn Al Ashraf.
Muhammad took great offence to his poems about Muslim women and said that Ka’b had offended Allah and was an enemy of God.
Muhammad asked for volunteers to kill Ka’b, one Muslim man volunteered, it was the foster brother of Ka’b.
After some thought, the man realised he wouldn’t be able to kill the Jewish poet without lying to him.
Muhammad gave permission to lie in order to fulfill the request to kill Ka’b.
Three Muslims (Muhammad b. Maslama, Harith Abu ‘Abs b. Jabr and Abbad b. Bishr) approached Ka’b and tricked him into believing, that they too enjoyed poetry and that they were opposing Muhammad.
The Muslims led Ka’b to believe that they were also concerned about the tension which Muhammad had caused within the vicinity.
Certain areas were prohibited to Non-Muslims, due to Muhammad taking control of that area after conquering. If Non-Muslims attempted to enter, they could face violence or death. This made it very difficult to access food and provisions.
The Muslims used this as a tool of deception, by speaking ill of Muhammad and saying they would sell food to him.
This was in the pretence they were no longer Muslim, or more specifically, they had left the faith, but not the Muslim community.
After some thought, it was decided the Muslims would exchange weapons with Ka’b in return for the food. This method was for the sole reason that Ka’b would not be suspicious if the Muslims brought weapons to his home when the deal was made.
Maslama along with the two other Muslims travelled to Ka’bs house. Ka’bs wife was concerned about the Muslims turning up at their home, she was worried for her husbands safety.
Ka’b assured her it was OK. The men went inside the home, they talked for a while before going for a walk to complete the deal.
The Muslims chatted with Ka’b, as friends would. Maslama ran his fingers through the Kab’s hair and said that his hair had the scent of musk, they all laughed, as if they were friends.
Maslama, asked if he could do it again, then took him by surprise gripping Ka’bs hair whilst saying he was an enemy of God, another Muslim stabbed him in his stomach and ripped the knife down to his genitals.
Muhammad praised Allah when he heard Allahu Akbar yelled from a distance on their journey back, where the head of Ka’b was later presented to him.
The brutal murder was due to Ka’b mocking Islam in poetry.
Poetry is unlawful to this day within strict Islamic teachings, If it distracts attention away from the worship of Allah, or is regarded as corrupt within Islam.
The deception used against Ka’b is lawful within Islam due to Muhammad saying that it was permissible to do as they wished, in order to fulfill his wish of the enemy of Allah being killed.
The story was recorded by Sahih Bukhari and Muslim, Ibn Ishaq, who wrote the earliest biography of Muhammad, plus it was also within an award winning biography of Muhammad which is popular amongst Muslims today; The Sealed Nectar.
It was shown that a Muslim can denounce their allegiance to Muhammad and Islam and even speak bad about Muhammad if the higher goal is obtained, like in this instance, to kill an enemy of Allah and Muhammad.
A Muslim can even pretend to be the friend of the enemy in order to accomplish the task at hand.
Muhammad condoned this, he gave the permission to lie beforehand, prayed to Allah they were successful and when he knew the deed was done, he praised Allah.
That is one of the instances of Taqiyya in Islamic history. The permission Muhammad gave for prescribed lying and the origins of Islamic laws pertaining to lying.
In Islamic sacred law, it states that is it permissible to lie in some instances. The laws within Islamic law on lying are as follows.
This is an explicit statement that lying is sometimes permissible for a given interest, scholars having established criteria defining what types of it are lawful. The best analysis of it I have seen is by Imam Abu Hamid Ghazali, who says: “Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish through lying because there is no need for it. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible, and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory. When, for example, one is concealing a Muslim from an oppressor who asks where he is, it is obligatory to lie about his being hidden. Or when a person deposits an article with one for safekeeping and an oppressor wanting to appropriate it enquires about it, it is obligatory to lie about having concealed it, for if one informs him about the article and he then seizes it, one is financially liable (A: to the owner) to cover the article’s cost. Whether the purpose is war, settling a disagreement, or gaining the sympathy of a victim legally entitled to retaliate against one so that he will forbear to do so; it is not unlawful to lie when any of these aims can only be attained through lying. But it is religiously more precautionary in all such cases to employ words that give a misleading impression, meaning to intend by one’s words something that is literally true, in respect to which one is not lying, while the outward purport of the words deceives the hearer, though even if one does not have such an intention and merely lies without intending anything else, it is not unlawful in the above circumstances. (Umdat as salik/Reliance of the traveller)
This means, as a means to an end, lying is allowed during war or whilst hiding something from an oppressor, such as something which isn’t classed as a crime within Islam, but is a crime within Non-Islamic governed country.
An oppressor in Islam is anyone who does not submit to Islam, that could be an individual, law enforcement or government of a country.
A Muslim can conceal anything, which could either be information or items from oppressor. This could be future plans for crime or Jihad, information after a crime or a Jihad attack, concealing weapons or anything used in Jihad, plus anything which a Muslim feels will oppress the laws of Allah and Islam.
As Jihad is obligatory and it is ordered for a Muslim to lie in order to conceal something which is obligatory, then that would ensure that Taqiyya would be used against Non-Muslims for that specific purpose.
It is believed that Allah knows what is truly in a Muslim’s heart, as an in the following Qur’an verses.
He knows what is within the heavens and earth and knows what you conceal and what you declare. And Allah is Knowing of that within the breasts. (64.4)
Say, “Whether you conceal what is in your breasts or reveal it, Allah knows it. And He knows that which is in the heavens and that which is on the earth. And Allah is over all things competent. (3.29)
A Muslim will say that Taqiyya originated at the time of the Sunni and Shia split and it was used by Shia Muslims, to conceal they were Shia, but the Islamic texts display that Taqiyya was used prior to this, one example being, for the purpose of killing someone who was said to be an enemy of Allah, a Jewish man, for writing a poem.
A Muslim can conceal their faith and if that requires them leading people to believe they are not Muslim for the benefit of Islam, as that is in the Sunnah of Muhammad.
Muhammad, being the role model to all Muslims.
There has certainly been for you in the Messenger of Allah an excellent pattern for anyone whose hope is in Allah and the Last Day and [who] remembers Allah often. (33.21)