“Non-practicing” Muslim Ruby Hamad corrects a “lie” about Islam being spread online:
“Taqiyya is deliberate deception and lying to protect or advance Islam, by concealing its real agenda; One message to guide the Muslims, a separate one to fool the media and Kaffir.”
Taqiyya, for those who are unaware, is actually a practice (mostly in Shia Islam) that permits Muslims to lie about their faith in the face of persecution. When Spain outlawed the open practice of Islam in the early 16th century, a fatwa (religious decree) was issued allowing Muslims to outwardly display the signs of Christianity (eating pork, proclaiming Jesus the son of God and so on) but still retain the Islamic faith inwardly.
That this mechanism for self-preservation has been twisted to mean that Muslims can and do deceive with the intention of clandestinely propagating Sharia says much about the fear and ignorance of our times.
Expert evidence provided for a Canadian civil suit is somewhat different:
Deception—known under the broad term taqiyya—is permissible in Islam, above and beyond the limited issue of self-preservation. This assertion is not “Islamophobic”; it is true. From a legalistic point of view, and as seen especially via the concept of tawriya, as long as deceptions are technically true (“I don’t have a penny in my pocket,” only dollars), they are not even considered lies. The prophet of Islam, Muhammad—the example that Sunni Muslims especially pattern their lives after—regularly made use of deceit. In order to assassinate a poet (Ka‘b ibn Ashraf) who offended him, Muhammad permitted a Muslim to lie to the poet. Muhammad is further on record giving license to breaking oaths (“if something better” comes along) and openly lying (without even employing tawriya) to one’s wife and in war. As for the latter, which assumes a perpetual nature in the guise of the jihad against the non-Muslim in order to make Islam (and Muslims) supreme (e.g., Qur’an 8:39), deception and lies are certainly permissible.