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September 9, 2006

War and Deception

Filed under: Global Jihad, Islam, Terror, Uncategorized — limewoody @ 3:33 pm

Who is telling the truth? Who can we believe? One of the pillars of modern western democracy is a free press. Journalist is free to report all, well and bad that happens in the world, without fearing persecution from the government. It was the Journalist Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post who broke the Watergate story that eventually led to President Richard Nixon’s resigning. Bernstein and Woodward are highly regarded and consider heroes and join the ranks of other prestigious journalist like Herbert Bayard, Alva Johnson, Mary McGrory and many more all Pulitzer Prize winners [1].

Occasionally an unethical journalist embellish, exaggerates or outright lies. Sooner than later these bad apples of the press are caught. The institution who hired them publishes an apology and a correction. Needless to say reporters who cause so much embarrassment to their employer are fired and are not hired in any other prestigious news outlet. This was the fate of notorious journalist like Jason Blair (New York Times), Janet Cooke (Washington Post) and Patricia Smith (Boston Globe) among others [2].

It has been noted that the press Islamic press does not follow stringent guidelines as the west [3]. The few who express criticisms of their leaders or societies are often intimidated, assassinated, incarcerated or in exile [4]. There is no real freedom of press in the true sense of the word. Press is free only if it is critical of Israel or the democratic West and if praises, embellish or exaggerates Islamic leaders accomplishments. Here is when Taqiyya comes into play.

What is 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 [5].”

Taking account Taqiyya it becomes clear the outrageous claims heard in Arab media. In some cases even filters trough western media. Case and point the Reuters scandal with the altered pictures [6]. Adnan Hajj, the photographer who faked the pictures was fired. Reuters has retracted and apologized, yet lost some of its credibility and prestige.

Another case of Taqiyya in the media is the inventions and discoveries from other cultures which Muslims attribute them to themselves. Examples are plentiful, the discovery of coffee, photography, chess, soap, parachute, distillation, water clocks, algebra, crankshaft, surgical instruments, etc. For a detail explanation, please check Cryptic Subterranean’s blog [7]. This blog is an excellent exposé and includes verifiable sources.

Before 9/11 Muslims were already feeling threatened; oppressed by the ever-encroaching western civilization, its technology, its economic strength and its liberalism. Add the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq and the feeling is of overwhelmingly paranoia.
So what does a religious society do when it is cornered? They go to their religion for answers.

Here is an excerpt from the Qur’an:

“Any one who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters Unbelief, except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in Faith, but such as open their breast to Unbelief, on them is Wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful Penalty” Sura 16:106 [8]. In other words, it is permissible to lie to protect the faith in Allah.

“[Shakir 3:28] Let not the believers take the unbelievers for friends (awliyaa) rather than believers; and whoever does this, he shall have nothing of (the guardianship of) Allah, but you should guard (tat-taqooh) yourselves against them, guarding carefully (tuqatan); and Allah makes you cautious of (retribution from) Himself; and to Allah is the eventual coming[8].” Muslims do not owe any loyalty, respect nor trust to non-believers, therefore it is allowable to deceive them. NOTE: The two words “tat-taqooh” and “tuqatan,” as mentioned in the Arabic Qur’an, are BOTH from the same root of “al-Taqiyya.”[9]

A brief history of al-Taqiyya in Islam [10]

612

The first use of Taqiyya historically is during the time of Muhammad when, according to Muslim tradition, the Quraishites began torturing Muslims. Ammar ibn Yasir, a follower of Muhammad, whose friends are said to have been killed for being Muslim by the Quraish, was confronted by a Quraishite. ‘Ammar pretended to renounce Islam and thus saved his life. According to a canonical hadith, the prophet Muhammad later gave his permission for him to repeat such an act if he was placed in danger again.
Most Sunnis criticize Ammar for his actions or question the reliability of the story. Sunnis cite the examples of many Muslims who were tortured and murdered merely based on their belief during the time of Muhammad, Umayyad and Abbasids but didn’t renounce their faith. For example, Ammar’s parents had both been tortured and killed in front of Ammar but didn’t renounce the faith. Most Sunnis believe that God decides when someone is going to die. Therefore, for them it’s wrong to deny the faith in order to escape torture or death. By contrast, the Shi’a and some Sunnis believe that life is a gift from God and should be preserved. In a life-threatening emergency, the preservation of life takes precedence over anything else, in the same way that it is permissible to eat pig meat during famine.

618

Sa’id ibn Zayd and Fatimah bint al-Khattab where married and both hid their faith from Umar ibn al-Khattab, until Umar found out they were Muslims. Umar also became a Muslim that same day.

2003

Critics of the Argentinean president Carlos Saúl Menem of Syrian descent have dismissed his early conversion to Christianity as taqiyya.

Conclusion:

It is not a stretch not the imagination; Muslims lie to us. They deceive because they feel threaten. Muslims lie to hide the horrors of Islam and their own deeds. Muslims mislead us because in their 1400 years of history the only memorable contribution has been terrorism. Muslims misinform us because they do not want us to really know the hatred the Qur’an preaches. Muslims lie to inflate their egos. They pretend that their backward culture has actually achieved things other than terrorism. Muslims con so they can convert naïve or/and ignorant people into Islam. Muslims are deluded; refuting and denying the clear truth; believing no one can escape their intimidation and brainwashing, and believing that Islam is the only true religion.
What can we expect? The Qur’an is a lie and was brought to fruitions by liars and advises to lie. What it sows it reaps.
There is still hope in the human spirit. As Bob Marley once said: “…you can fool everybody sometimes, you can fool some people all the time, but you can’t fool everybody all the time’…
Sources:
1. Pulitzer.org
2. Slate.com
3. Trincoll.edu
4. rsf.org
5. al-Islam.org
6. Zombietime.com
7. Islamic Invention
8. USC.edu
9. USC.edu
10. Answers.com
http://www.news.faithfreedom.org/index.php

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