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Concept of "takiyya"

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Submitted by Clare M. Lopez (United States), Apr 29, 2005 at 18:53

Dear Mr. Pipes:

I am sure you are aware of it, but perhaps it would help the average reader to better understand what we are up against with committed Islamist jihadis, if the concept of "takiyya" were included in a story like this. In fact, to the Western way of thinking and within our ethical framework, deception is deception and it is wrong.

Within the Muslim moral universe, the concept of "takiyya", which is religiously-sanctioned deception to protect or promote Islam, is not only moral, it is admirable because it comes from the Koran and experiences of Muhammad himself. This by no means is to excuse the behavior of a character like Moussaoui, but to place that behavior in a context about which most Americans know nothing. As Sun Tzu said many centuries ago, "Know thine enemy as you know thyself."

Sincerely,
Clare M. Lopez
Executive Director, Iran Policy Committee
Washington, DC

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Title Commenter Date Thread
Zacarias Moussaoui [43 words]AamirOct 22, 2010 05:44179536
Justice and Deah in America [222 words]E. T.May 4, 2006 14:2844858
death [6 words]kyleMay 1, 2006 10:0844672
Ideals [45 words]S.C.PandaMay 12, 2005 05:3422081
Also a story of American good and bad guys [92 words]Ed WayMay 5, 2005 11:4022000
Response to Vishal [67 words]Peter J. HerzMay 3, 2005 09:0521954
Response to Yoven [149 words]Octavio JohansonMay 3, 2005 02:4221948
Moussaoui pilot training--outrageous [288 words]Armond FestineMay 2, 2005 14:3421935
Response to Octavio Johanson & others [238 words]YovenMay 2, 2005 13:2421933
When will Christians learn [101 words]VishalMay 1, 2005 17:3521918
It is about immigration [9 words]Octavio JohansonMay 1, 2005 12:1621915
What else is new? [108 words]Don WhitmireApr 30, 2005 22:2821906
There are a lot of Moussaouis in America [114 words]F.ShawkiApr 30, 2005 16:5121905
Nick Berg was this guy's friend? [57 words]Bonnie McAllenApr 30, 2005 10:3921902
Tell us - no matter what [44 words]Avi ElnekaveApr 30, 2005 09:1621901
Moussaoui article [39 words]ClaudiaApr 30, 2005 01:5221897
No rule change? [14 words]Doug BoggsApr 29, 2005 21:1321894
How many times? [101 words]Darwin BarrettApr 29, 2005 21:0721893
Concept of "takiyya" [148 words]Clare M. LopezApr 29, 2005 18:5321891
Concept of "takiyya" [19 words]warrenAug 17, 2009 10:3521891
Right thinking [109 words]P.T.BrakeApr 29, 2005 18:2121890
Focus more on immigration [140 words]Octavio JohansonApr 29, 2005 18:1421889

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