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Understanding Taqiyya

Understanding Taqiyya - Islamic
Principle of Lying for the Sake of Allah
by Warner MacKenzie
30 April, 2007
Lying and cheating in the Arab world is
not really a moral matter but a method of safeguarding honor and
status, avoiding shame, and at all times exploiting possibilities,
for those with the wits for it, deftly and expeditiously to convert
shame into honor on their own account and vice versa for their
opponents. If honor so demands, lies and cheating may become
absolute imperatives.”
[David Pryce-Jones, “The Closed
Circle” An interpretation of the Arabs, p4]
“No dishonor attaches to such primary transactions as
selling short weight, deceiving anyone about quality, quantity or
kind of goods, cheating at gambling, and bearing false witness. The
doer of these things is merely quicker off the mark than the next
fellow; owing him nothing, he is not to be blamed for taking what he can.”
[David Pryce-Jones, “The Closed Circle”, p38]
The word "Taqiyya" literally means: "Concea…

"We are at war"

EHR KUMT - a Rosh Hashanah sermon by Rabbi Shalom Lewis

EHR KUMTFirst Day of Rosh Hashanah 2010By Rabbi Shalom Lewis Many years ago a Chassid used to travel from shtetl to shtetl selling holy books. On one occasion he came to a wealthy land owner and asked if he would like to purchase a book of Torah teachings. The banker agreed and not only purchased the book, but paid for it with a hundred ruble note. He then began to chat with the Chassid and offered him a cigar, taking one also for himself. The Chassid noticed that the banker proceeded to rip a page from the holy book he had just bought and holding it to the open flame on the stove, used the page to light his cigar. The Chassid said not a word but simply drew out from his pocket the 100 ruble note he had just received from the banker, held it over the stove as well and used it to light his cigar.
This simple, little tale reflects a profound divergence of values. Our sympathy clearly and instinctively is not with the banker but with …