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Is Sarsour's behavior legitimate under the Taqiya doctrine

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Submitted by Prashant, Sep 8, 2017 at 21:46

Dear Dr Pipes,

Thanks for informing us about Linda Sarsour's duplicitous attempt of targeting hurricane relief funds to an ally whose main purpose is not disaster relief. You are right that by doing so she lost some more of her credibility.

All societies and cultures engage in duplicitous behavior under specific circumstances. But what makes Islam special is that in Islam state, politics, law, culture, language and religion are hopelessly intertwined. And, under the Islamic Taqiya doctrine, Islam allows Muslims to misrepresent to advance and protect their cause. So when a prominent Muslim acts with duplicity it is natural to ask if that kind of behavior is permitted under the Taqiya doctrine. Because (so called) Palestinians are under threat of Jews and the West, perhaps, misdirecting funds from one cause to another may be legitimate under Taqiya.

I will appreciate if some Islamic scholar issues a fatwa about Linda Sarsour's behavior and clarifies if that kind of behavior permitted under the Taqiya doctrine. It would have been so much better if Sarsour had directed users to Red Cross in her tweet.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Taqiya is limited to hiding one's religion under threat, not to lying any time one wants.

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