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Reader comment on item: [The Issue of Compulsion in Religion:] Islam is What Its Followers Make of It
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Submitted by Sridhar (United States), Jul 16, 2015 at 11:27

Of course what you say is true.

All religions except Islam would say: Do not lie.

In the Sanatana Dharma (aka Hinduism), a religious injunction in sanskrit is:
"Satyam bruyaat, priyam bruyaat, Na bruyaat satyam apriyam

Priyam cha Na Anritam bruyat, esha dharmaha satatanaha"

Meaning: Tell the truth always, tell pleasing words always. Do not however speak a truth that may be unpalatable (example: do not tell somebody who has cancer: you are going to die!). Never speak untruth that may be pleasing to others. This is the eternal dharma.

Lying is allowed in Hindu scriptures if it saves somebody's life or if you were to save a community or a nation.

However, in Islam alone will you find lying is allowed for muslims when they are among non-believers!

So, when Zakir Naik says he loves India or likes secularism, you can be sure he is lying because that is allowed in Koran. Anything that a devout muslim (who has read Koran) says to please a non-muslim must be taken as a lie.

It was, and still is, an article of faith with muslims to ... drive out non-muslims when in a majority. If they are in a minority, as in India today, they live in enforced peace. But look at what the muslims of Kashmir Valley did to Hindus! They drove them out of their own homes where they had lived for centuries.

Qur'an (16:106) - Establishes that there are circumstances that can "compel" a Muslim to tell a lie.

Qur'an (3:28) - This verse tells Muslims not to take those outside the faith as friends, unless it is to "guard themselves" against danger, meaning that there are times when a Muslim may appear friendly to non-Muslims, though they should not feel that way..

Qur'an (9:3) - "...Allah and His Messenger are free from liability to the idolaters..." The dissolution of oaths with the pagans who remained at Mecca following its capture. They did nothing wrong, but were evicted anyway.

Qur'an (40:28) - A man is introduced as a believer, but one who must "hide his faith" among those who are not believers.

Qur'an (2:225) - "Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts" The context of this remark is marriage, which explains why Sharia allows spouses to lie to each other for the greater good.

Qur'an (3:54) - "And they (the disbelievers) schemed, and Allah schemed (against them): and Allah is the best of schemers." The Arabic word used here for scheme (or plot) is makara, which literally means 'deceit'. If Allah is supremely deceitful toward unbelievers, then there is little basis for denying that Muslims are allowed to do the same.

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