The Islamic doctrine of Takkiya
I’m sure this isn’t politically correct but I read it in a book a bit ago and thought it would be interesting to start a discussion on it. I don’t think I’ve ever blogged anything about Islam before so this may be an absolute flop, or may attract attention. Time will tell.
So anyway, there is an Islamic doctrine called Takkiya. It’s taken from the Qur’an, Sura 16:106:
Anyone 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.
This verse was given after one of Muhammad’s followers, Ammar bin Yasir, was forced to worship idols, encouraging him that you can deny your faith outwardly while still remaining a guilt-free Muslim.
In fact, Muhammad said that Allah would not hold a Muslim accountable for lying in three situations: (1) when in war, espionage, concealment, or in weakness, (2) with a spouse, and (3) when reconciling and maintaining peace. This is added to by the Qur’an when it allows Muslims to take oaths yet still lie in Sura 2:225:
Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts.
As a result it is very difficult to debate with a Muslim about matters of faith, as Sam Soloman explained:
The Takkiya is very effectively used in apologetics, so a Muslim debater will hide or deny certain parts of the Qur’an to justify and advance the cause of Islam. Always outmanoeuvring his Christian opponents, the debater does this with no guilt as it is divinely sanctioned. I personally practiced this prior to coming to the Lord [Jesus Christ].