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20 Obama Quotes About Islam Contrasted With 20 Obama Quotes About Christianity

Editor’s Note: This does not necessarily entail the beliefs, thoughts, or theories of the local Act chapters or the National Act office…they are my beliefs, thoughts and/or theories. These are my comments of explanation to the quotes of our illustrious king and Mahdi that is chalking up a slew of lies and false truths.

By Michael Snyder, on September 27th, 2013

You are about to read some of the most shocking quotes that Barack Obama has ever uttered in public. A few of these have been widely circulated, but most of them are very obscure. Even though he claims to be a Christian, throughout his political career Obama has repeatedly attacked traditional Biblical Christianity and he has a very long history of anti-Christian actions. In public speeches he has repeatedly cast doubt on the Bible, he has repeatedly stated that he does not believe that Jesus is necessary for salvation, and he has consistently said that he believes that all “people of faith” believe in the same God. At the same time, Obama has always referred to Muhammed as “the Prophet”, he has always expressed great love and respect for Islam, and he has even removed all references to Islam from terror training materials used by federal government agencies. So what in the world does “the leader of the free world” actually believe? Read the quotes below and decide for yourself…

20 Quotes By Barack Obama About Islam

#1 “The future must not belong to those who slander the Prophet of Islam” Typical devout Muslim thoughts

#2 “The sweetest sound I know is the Muslim call to prayer” Muslim say this also…go figure

#3 “We will convey our deep appreciation for the Islamic faith, which has done so much over the centuries to shape the world — including in my own country.” (Where is HIS country…surely not the US…)

#4 “As a student of history, I also know civilization’s debt to Islam.” The debt was extortion or jizya or tribute for protection

#5 “Islam has a proud tradition of tolerance.” They were, huh…tell that to the Slovaks, the Africans, the Buddhists, the Jews, the infidels…we don’t see that happening, especially when Mohammed commanded that allah wants complete control over the world, and the world has to follow allah’s commands or death and terror will happen

#6 “Islam has always been part of America” Yes it has…the US paid tribute in the 1700′s till Thomas Jefferson became president, then he waged war on Islam

#7 “we will encourage more Americans to study in Muslim communities”

#8 “These rituals remind us of the principles that we hold in common, and Islam’s role in advancing justice, progress, tolerance, and the dignity of all human beings.” This is a crock…the only justice in Islam is if you are a Muslim male….then there is justice. And we already know about tolerance.

#9 “America and Islam are not exclusive and need not be in competition. Instead, they overlap, and share common principles of justice and progress, tolerance and the dignity of all human beings.” IBID

#10 “I made clear that America is not – and never will be – at war with Islam.”

#11 “Islam is not part of the problem in combating violent extremism – it is an important part of promoting peace.” With having years of experience with Islam, he should know exactly what Islam is on violent extremism, and being a violent Muslim is not extremism, it is exactly what Mohammed told the Muslims to do.

#12 “So I have known Islam on three continents before coming to the region where it was first revealed” (If he “knows” [which he does...has made many revealing pieces of evidence in his book "DREAMS OF MY FATHER"] Islam, he knows that to leave Islam makes one an apostate, or a hypocrite as Mohammed states, and thus, per Shari’a (Islamic law) Justice: O8.1 When a person who has reached puberty and is sane voluntarily apostatizes from Islam, HE DESERVES TO DIE {Reliance of the Traveller: A Classic Manual of Islamic Sacred Law, pg 595} With him being born a Muslim, and practicing Muslim rituals throughout his growing years (even though he is still a practicing Muslim) if he really left Islam, then he would know that when he goes to Muslim countries like Saudi Arabia, Iran, Egypt, he would be on their “hit list” because of his blatant leaving Islam, unless he “left” Islam per Muslim Brotherhood orders to become their Trojan horse in the White House like they planned on doing for years. Punishable by death unless he performed KITMAN my emphasis])

#13 “In ancient times and in our times, Muslim communities have been at the forefront of innovation and education.” The only real thing that ancient Muslims were in the forefront was terrorism, political correctness (dhimmi) and extortion.

#14 “throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance and racial equality.” That’s why Sura 9:5 and other Qur’anic and ahadith verses tell Muslims they are obligated to KILL “People of the Book” [Jews and Christians].

#15 “Ramadan is a celebration of a faith known for great diversity and racial equality”

#16 “The Holy Koran (Only Muslims say “HOLY” Qur’an, or “NOBLE” Qur’an, and then not all of them do it.), tells us, ‘O mankind! We have created you male and a female; and we have made you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.’”

#17 “I look forward to hosting an Iftar dinner celebrating Ramadan here at the White House later this week, and wish you a blessed month.”

#18 “We’ve seen those results in generations of Muslim immigrants – farmers and factory workers, helping to lay the railroads and build our cities, the Muslim innovators who helped build some of our highest skyscrapers and who helped unlock the secrets of our universe.”

#19 “That experience guides my conviction that partnership between America and Islam must be based on what Islam is, not what it isn’t. And I consider it part of my responsibility as president of the United States to fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear.” The problem here is he is fighting against the “negative stereotypes” of Islam…that being that Islam is terrorism and dictatorship, he tries to make it sound like love and peace and everyone gets along…

#20 “I also know that Islam has always been a part of America’s story.” That is correct, but different from what he is trying to fool the ignorant American about…Islam has been in our history since before we became a country…when we were colonists, Britain had to pay Islam an “Insurance tribute” to avoid the Barbary Pirates from attacking, looting and kidnapping the crew and the families. Then after our independence, we were no longer under Britain’s insurance umbrella, so we had to pay tribute till T Jefferson waged war on Islam through fighting the Muslim pirates

20 Quotes By Barack Obama About Christianity

#1 “Whatever we once were, we are no longer a Christian nation”

#2 “We do not consider ourselves a Christian nation.”

#3 “Which passages of scripture should guide our public policy? Should we go with Leviticus, which suggests slavery is OK and that eating shellfish is an abomination? Or we could go with Deuteronomy, which suggests stoning your child if he strays from the faith?” Wow, Islam does both…they have slavery, and they do stone family for dishonoring the family and/or apostatizing from Islam

#4 “Even those who claim the Bible’s inerrancy make distinctions between Scriptural edicts, sensing that some passages – the Ten Commandments, say, or a belief in Christ’s divinity – are central to Christian faith, while others are more culturally specific and may be modified to accommodate modern life.”

#5 “The American people intuitively understand this, which is why the majority of Catholics practice birth control and some of those opposed to gay marriage nevertheless are opposed to a Constitutional amendment to ban it. Religious leadership need not accept such wisdom in counseling their flocks, but they should recognize this wisdom in their politics.” The “wisdom” is fooling the people, per Mohammed and allah (the god of deception) into thinking that being dictated is what is best

#6 From Obama’s book, The Audacity of Hope: “I am not willing to have the state deny American citizens a civil union that confers equivalent rights on such basic matters as hospital visitation or health insurance coverage simply because the people they love are of the same sex—nor am I willing to accept a reading of the Bible that considers an obscure line in Romans to be more defining of Christianity than the Sermon on the Mount.”

#7 Obama’s response when asked what his definition of sin is: “Being out of alignment with my values.” Hhmm…and he is a “Christian”? Don’t think so, if he was a true Christian, then he would know what sin is…Muslims do, however, feel the same way, based on what allah has commanded them

#8 “If all it took was someone proclaiming I believe Jesus Christ and that he died for my sins, and that was all there was to it, people wouldn’t have to keep coming to church, would they.” Funny, based on his thoughts about going to church…if a Muslim “accepted Allah as god, and Mohammed as the last prophet”, then why do they need to go to the mosque?

#9 “This is something that I’m sure I’d have serious debates with my fellow Christians about. I think that the difficult thing about any religion, including Christianity, is that at some level there is a call to evangelize and proselytize. There’s the belief, certainly in some quarters, that people haven’t embraced Jesus Christ as their personal savior that they’re going to hell.” Based on Islamic beliefs, you don’t accept anyone in your heart, you push your “religion” off on people or kill them. Jesus gives you the option, accept Me and be saved, or deny me, live you r life how you want, and on judgment day you will pay. Allah give you NO option…accept me or you will die right away.

#10 “I find it hard to believe that my God would consign four-fifths of the world to hell. I can’t imagine that my God would allow some little Hindu kid in India who never interacts with the Christian faith to somehow burn for all eternity. That’s just not part of my religious makeup.” Once again, he studied his Qur’an and knows that, not only burning in hell for eternity if they don’t accept Allah, but they will be either killed (if a male) or raped and enslaved as a sex slave (if female)

#11 “I don’t presume to have knowledge of what happens after I die. But I feel very strongly that whether the reward is in the here and now or in the hereafter, the aligning myself to my faith and my values is a good thing.” Again, this is an Islamic teaching…unless you’re martyred, you have a 50/50 chance of getting to “paradise”…depending on if allah is having a bad day or not. In Islam, aligning yourself through greater jihad, and following allah’s commandments, as well as living your life exactly like Mohammed, then your faith and values are aligned

#12 “I’ve said this before, and I know this raises questions in the minds of some evangelicals. I do not believe that my mother, who never formally embraced Christianity as far as I know … I do not believe she went to hell.”

#13 “Those opposed to abortion cannot simply invoke God’s will–they have to explain why abortion violates some principle that is accessible to people of all faiths.” Once again, funny how he tries to make it looks like Islam is for everything…God (Elohim) said “Thou shalt not kill”…Allah has stated that if a woman has premarital sex, pregnant or not, she dies…but if a married woman gets pregnant, and has an abortion, she, like in some Christian churches/doctrines, are looked as an outcast, but in Islam she will die for that also, for killing a Muslim fetus. Islam is “invoking the god’s will also…just more extreme

#14 On his support for civil unions for gay couples: “If people find that controversial then I would just refer them to the Sermon on the Mount.” Doesn’t know his Bible again does he…Paul said, from the word of God to him in 1 Corinthians 6:9 that “Don’t you know that unrighteous people will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don’t delude yourselves — people who engage in sex before marriage, who worship idols, who engage in sex after marriage with someone other than their spouse, who engage in active or passive homosexuality,

#15 “You got into these small towns in Pennsylvania and, like a lot of small towns in the Midwest, the jobs have been gone now for 25 years and nothing’s replaced them. And they fell through the Clinton Administration, and the Bush Administration, and each successive administration has said that somehow these communities are gonna regenerate and they have not. And it’s not surprising then they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” The people “cling to guns or religion” because that was how the United States was originally set up…our founding fathers (who are turning in their graves since 2008)

#16 “In our household, the Bible, the Koran and the Bhagavad Gita sat on the shelf alongside books of Greek and Norse and African mythology” Not buying that fabrication…because in Islam, if you are a Muslim and have a Bible in your house, you will be flogged

#17 “On Easter or Christmas Day, my mother might drag me to church, just as she dragged me to the Buddhist temple, the Chinese New Year celebration, the Shinto shrine, and ancient Hawaiian burial sites.”

#18 “we have Jews, Muslims, Hindus, atheists, agnostics, Buddhists, and their own path to grace is one that we have to revere and respect as much as our own” Once again, being a Muslim apologist and a deceiver “for Allah’s Cause” he is lying his butt off…Islam does not accept ANY religion, and if you’re not a Muslim, yow will die…look at the Copts in Egypt, look at the Christians in Algeria and Nigeria.

#19 “All of us have a responsibility to work for the day when the mothers of Israelis and Palestinians can see their children grow up without fear; when the Holy Land of the three great faiths is the place of peace that God intended it to be; when Jerusalem is a secure and lasting home for Jews and Christians and Muslims, and a place for all of the children of Abraham to mingle peacefully together as in the story of Isra — (applause) — as in the story of Isra*, when Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed, peace be upon them**, joined in prayer. (Applause.)”

#20 “I believe that there are many paths to the same place, and that is a belief that there is a higher power, a belief that we are connected as a people.”

About the author: Michael T. Snyder is a former Washington D.C. attorney who now publishes The Truth. His new thriller entitled “ The Beginning Of The End ” is now available on Amazon.com.

Posted on 27 Sep 13 by The Truth

* Isra is the Islamic myth of Mohammed’s ascension to “heaven”

** Only Muslims say Peace Be Unto Him/Them (PBUH/T) about their “prophets”.

Four Arabic words every Infidel must know

In 539 BC, King Belshazzar of Babylon saw a dismembered hand-written four prophetic words on the wall. This “handwriting on the wall” was finally interpreted by the prophet Daniel as predicting the fall of the kingdom. He was right. Babylon fell to the Medes-Persians that very night.

Like the “handwriting on the wall” that Hebrew Prophet Daniel had interpreted, there are four Arabic words, which could lead to submission of the entire world to Islam, if non-Muslims do not fully understand their meaning and implications. Those words are TAQIYYA, TAWRIYA, KITMAN and MURUNA. (emphasis added)

Each of these words describes a different style of deception used by Muslims when discussing Islam or their activities as Muslims.

Mohammed famously said, “War is deceit.” ( Sahih Bukhari, Vol. 4, Book 52, Nr.268). The Qur’an boasts that Allah is the “master of all scheming” (Qur’an 13:42) and that he is “profound in his machinations” (Qur’an 8:30). Western civilizations are not accustomed to dealing with people, who have developed deception into an art form. Knowledge is power, and the best way to combat the Islamist agenda is to say, “We are used to your lying. Knock it off!”




Taqiyya is defined as dissimulation about ones Muslim identity. It comes from the verse in the Qur’an that says, “Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful – he that does has nothing to hope for from Allah – except in self-defense (illaan tattaqoo minhum tuqatan)( Qur’an 3:28)

This “self-defense” justifies dissimulation. Islamic Sharia Law provides, “When it is possible to achieve an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible, and lying is obligatory if the goal is obligatory.”

Reliance of the Traveller

Reliance of the Traveller. Section r8.2 PERMISSIBLE LYING. The Prophet said: “He who settles disagreements between people to bring about good or says something commendable is not a liar”). Examples include lying to protect Islam or a Muslim. (page 335 in the online Shari’a Law book.)




Tawriya is defined as concealing, and it could be called “creative lying” or where appropriate “lying under oath”. It is OK to break the intent of the oath, as long as you don’t break the letter of the oath.

Reliance of the Traveller. Section o19.1 If one swears “I will not eat this wheat,” but then makes it into flour or bread (and eats it), one has not broken one’s oath. (page 284 in the online Shari’a Law book.)

Reliance of the Traveller. Section o19.5 When a person swearing an oath about something (in the future, affirming or denying that it will occur) includes the expression “in sha’ Allah (“if Allah will”), before finishing the oath, then the oath is not broken in any event if he thereby intends to provide for exceptions. (page 284 in the online Shari’a Law book.)

Suppose someone protests that Sura 1 of the Qur’an demeans Christians and Jews, because it is a supplication Muslims make to Allah seventeen times a day to keep them from the path of those with whom God is “angry” and “those who have lost their way”.

A Muslim might respond, “Sura 1 never mentions Jews or Christians.” He is practicing tawriya, because while Sura 1 does not mention Jews and Christians by name, but he knows full-well that the words “those” refer to Jews and Christians.

Another example would be when a Muslim responds to your greeting of “Merry Christmas!” He might say, “I wish you the best.” In your mind, you think he has returned a Christmas greeting. In actuality, he has expressed his wish for you to convert to Islam; he wishes the best for you which, in his view, is becoming a Muslim. (It’s the Islamic play on words…it happens a lot and no one really knows about it unless one learns about Islam.)




Kitman is characterized by someone telling only part of the truth. The most common example of this is when a Muslim says that jihad really refers to an internal, spiritual struggle. He is not telling “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”, as witnesses are sworn to do in U.S. courts.

Often, kitman results in a gross distortion of the truth. In the example given, the Qur’an uses jihad and its derivatives 59 times. Of those, only 16 (27%) could be considered “internal” with no object as the target of the struggle based on the context of the sura.

Another common form of kitman is to quote only the few peaceful passages from the Qur’an, knowing full-well that that passage was later abrogated by a more militant, contradictory verse.

Here is an example: “There is no compulsion in religion.” ( Qur’an 2:256)

“Are they seeking a religion other than Allah’s, when every soul in the heavens and earth has submitted to Him, willingly or by compulsion?” ( Qur’an 3:83)

Another example:“Permission to take up arms is hereby given to those who are attacked, because they have been wronged.” ( Qur’an 22:39)

“When the sacred months are over, slay the idolaters wherever you find them. Arrest them, besiege them and lie in ambush everywhere for them.” ( Qur’an 9:5)

And another example: “Anyone who kills a human being… it shall be as though he has killed all mankind. …If anyone saves a life, it shall be as though he has saved the lives of all mankind…” ( Qur’an 5:32)

“The punishment of those who wage war against Allah… that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off on opposite sides or they should be imprisoned;” ( Qur’an 5:33)




Muruna means using “flexibility” to blend in with the enemy or the surroundings. The justification for this kind of deception is a somewhat bizarre interpretation of Qur’an 2:106, which says, “If we abrogate a verse or cause it to be forgotten, We will replace it by a better one or similar.”

Thus, Muslims may forget some of the commands in the Qur’an, as long as they are pursuing a better command. Muslims striving to advance Islam, therefore, can deviate from their Islamic laws in order to cause non-Muslims to lower their guard and place their trust in their Muslim counterpart.

At times, Muslims practice muruna in the same way a chameleon changes colors to avoid detection. Muslims will sometimes shave off their beards, wear western clothing, or even drink alcohol to blend in with non-Muslims. Nothing is more valuable these days to the Islamists than a blue-eyed Caucasian Muslim willing to engage in terrorism.

Another common way of using muruna is for a Muslim to marry a non-Muslim or to behave like a non-Muslim so their true agenda will not be suspected.

The 9/11 hijackers visited strip clubs and bars during their off-times while taking classes in the U.S. to fly airplanes into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the White House. Many Americans believe Hillary Clinton’s aide, Huma Abedin, married Jewish Congressman Anthony Weiner at least in part to burnish her security credentials so she could infiltrate the highest levels of the Administration.

The implications of these highly-honed tactics of deception could be enormous for unassuming Western societies. Twenty years ago, psychologist Paul Ekman wrote an insightful book, “Telling Lies”, which demonstrated that people give off recognizable clues when they are practicing deceit. Their consciences cause them, involuntarily, to sweat or raise their voices or make other recognizable gestures.

However, Dr. Ekman’s research was exclusively with people from Western cultures. Muslims, on the other hand, show no discernible signs when they are being deceitful because there is no feeling of guilt. In their minds they are doing exactly what Allah wants them to do to advance Islam. Because any Western person who has raised children knows almost intuitively when someone is lying, so they assume they can do that in all cases. Unfortunately, those same Western people can be easily duped by Islamic deceit because there are no tell-tale signs in the deceiver.


 mosab yousef

Another example of playing muruna till perfection is Mosab Hassan Yousef, the “Son of Hamas”.

Mosab Hassan Yousef, the son of a jailed Hamas terrorist leader and MP, Sheikh Hassan Yousef, the most popular figure in that extremist Islamic organization. Mosab, as a young man, assisted his father for years in his political activities.

He converted to Christianity and operated under cover in the service of Israel’s intelligence agency for a decade. Yousef reveals this information in his book, “Son of Hamas: A Gripping Account of Terror, Betrayal, Political Intrigue, and Unthinkable Choices.”

Mosab however, did not convert to what the West would recognize as Christianity, but to a fiery, Palestinian brand of the faith that is vehemently anti-Israel. According to Mosab, his main goal in coming to the U.S. is to infiltrate the main source of international support for Israel: the American church. From an interview with Al-Arabiya:

“During my tours in universities and even churches, [I found] the real support for Israel stems from the church in the West….. We need to understand the difference between “revenge” and “resistance” and once the Palestinians do, we will have our victory against Israel.”

Hopefully, this article will be a wake-up call to the unsuspecting infidels. Trust but verify – as was an old American strategy in dealing with potentially hostile parties – is the way to go in dealing with Islamists.


Louis Palme

Pamela Geller

(H/T Truthsite)

[Editor’s Note: This does not necessarily entail the beliefs, thoughts, or theories of the local Act chapters or the National Act office…they are my beliefs, thoughts and/or theories. I want to thank the folks from Truthsite....they did an awesome job with deciphering what the four main Shari'a mandated words in Islam are...and now, with the encouragement from the Truthsite folks, I want to spread this info to the un-Islamically informed, as well as the Islamically informed...because it is very good knowledge to learn what undercover Muslims in high places in our government are doing because they are mandated by the false god allah.

Our president is a behind the scenes Muslims, and contrary to what most people are thinking his "Change" is...it isn't socialism, it's Shari'aism. Why do you think his cabinet has the most active Muslims and Muslim sympathizers in America? Why do you think he puts Muslims into positions in the Court system or into Intelligence, or into training the military to one point or another? He is following his religious, mandated beliefs...lie and deceive...and it is working very well for him because the average American is politically correctly stupid and blind.]

Muslim teaches schoolgirls Islamic ‘headbag’ etiquette in an AMERICAN PUBLIC SCHOOL!

Posted: April 4, 2012 | Author: barenakedislam

Muslim baghead has the cojones to tell little girls that Catholic nuns are just like Muslims because they cover their heads. Even worse, she tries to set up a moral equivalency between the Religion of Hate (Islam) and every other religion.

Anyone know WHAT SCHOOL THIS IS? If I find out, I will make sure every parent knows their children are being brainwashed by Muslims in their own public schools. Where are the lefties screaming about separation of mosque and state?

Posted on 4 Apr 12 by BNI

Tawriya: New Islamic Doctrine Permits ‘Creative Lying’

by Raymond Ibrahim
Stonegate Institute
February 28, 2012

Perhaps you have heard of taqiyya, the Muslim doctrine that allows lying in certain circumstances, primarily when Muslim minorities live under infidel authority. Now meet tawriya, a doctrine that allows lying in virtually all circumstances—including to fellow Muslims and by swearing to Allah—provided the liar is creative enough to articulate his deceit in a way that is true to him. (Though tawriya is technically not “new”—as shall be seen, it has been part of Islamic law and tradition for centuries—it is certainly new to most non-Muslims, hence the need for this exposition and the word “new” in the title.)

The authoritative Hans Wehr Arabic-English Dictionary defines tawriya as, “hiding, concealment; dissemblance, dissimulation, hypocrisy; equivocation, ambiguity, double-entendre, allusion.” Conjugates of the trilateral root of the word, w-r-y, appear in the Quran in the context of hiding or concealing something (e.g., 5:31, 7:26).

As a doctrine, “double-entendre” best describes tawriya’s function. According to past and present Muslim scholars (several documented below), tawriya is when a speaker says something that means one thing to the listener, though the speaker means something else, and his words technically support this alternate meaning.

For example, if someone declares “I don’t have a penny in my pocket,” most listeners will assume the speaker has no money on him—though he might have dollar bills, just literally no pennies. Likewise, say a friend asks you, “Do you know where Mike is?” You do, but prefer not to divulge. So you say “No, I don’t know”—but you keep in mind another Mike, whose whereabouts you really do not know.

All these are legitimate according to Sharia law and do not constitute “lying,” which is otherwise forbidden in Islam, except in three cases: lying in war, lying to one’s spouse, and lying in order to reconcile people. For these, Sharia permits Muslims to lie freely, without the strictures of tawriya, that is, without the need for creativity.

As for all other instances, in the words of Sheikh Muhammad Salih al-Munajid (based on scholarly consensus): “Tawriya is permissible under two conditions: 1) that the words used fit the hidden meaning; 2) that it does not lead to an injustice” (“injustice” as defined by Sharia, of course, not Western standards). Otherwise, it is permissible even for a Muslim to swear when lying through tawriya. Munajid, for example, cites a man who swears to Allah that he can only sleep under a roof (saqf); when the man is caught sleeping atop a roof, he exonerates himself by saying “by roof, I meant the open sky.” This is legitimate. “After all,” Munajid adds, “Quran 21:32 refers to the sky as a roof [saqf].”

Here is a recent example of tawriya in action: Because it is a “great sin” for Muslims to acknowledge Christmas, this sheikh counsels Muslims to tell Christians, “I wish you the best,” whereby the latter might “understand it to mean you’re wishing them best in terms of their [Christmas] celebration.” But—here the wily sheikh giggles as he explains—”by saying I wish you the best, you mean in your heart I wish you become a Muslim.”

As with most Muslim practices, tawriya is traced to Islam’s prophet. After insisting Muslims “need” tawriya because it “saves them from lying,” and thus sinning, Sheikh Uthman al-Khamis adds that Muhammad often used it. Indeed, Muhammad is recorded saying “Allah has commanded me to equivocate among the people inasmuch as he has commanded me to establish [religious] obligations”; and “I have been sent with obfuscation”; and “whoever lives his life in dissimulation dies a martyr” (Sami Mukaram, Al Taqiyya Fi Al Islam, London: Mu’assisat al-Turath al-Druzi, 2004, p. 30).

More specifically, in a canonical hadith, Muhammad said: “If any of you ever pass gas or soil yourselves during prayers [breaking wudu], hold your nose and leave” (Sunan Abu Dawud): Holding one’s nose and leaving implies smelling something offensive—which is true—though people will think it was someone else who committed the offense.

Following their prophet’s example, many leading Muslim figures have used tawriya, such as Imam Ahmed bin Hanbal, founder of one of Islam’s four schools of law, practiced in Saudi Arabia. Once when he was conducting class, someone came knocking, asking for one of his students. Imam Ahmed answered, “He’s not here, what would he be doing here?”—all the time pointing at his hand, as if to say “he’s not in my hand.” The caller, who could not see Ahmed, assumed the student was simply not there.

Also, Sufyan al-Thawri, another important Muslim thinker, was once brought to Caliph Mahdi who refused to let him leave, until Thawri swore to return. As he was going out, Thawri left his sandals by the door. After a while, he returned, took his sandals and left for good. When the caliph asked about him, he was told that, yes, Thawri had sworn to come back—and, indeed, he had come back: only to take his sandals and leave.

Lest it seem tawriya is limited to a few colorful anecdotes more befitting the Arabian Nights than the religious law (Sharia) of a billion people, here are some more modern Muslim authorities—Sheikh Muhammad Hassan, the famous cleric who says Islam forbids Muslims from smiling to infidels, except when advantageous, and Dr. Abdullah Shakir—justifying it. They both give the example of someone knocking on your door, you do not wish to see them, so a relative answers the door saying, “He’s not here,” and by “here” they mean the immediate room, which is true, since you will be hiding in another room.

Likewise, on the popular Islam Web, where Muslims submit questions and Islamic authorities respond with a fatwa, a girl poses her moral dilemma: her father has explicitly told her that, whenever the phone rings, she is to answer saying “he’s not here.” The fatwa solves her problem: she is free to lie, but when she says “he’s not here,” she must mean he is not in the same room, or not directly in front of her.

Of course, while all the sheikhs give examples that are innocuous and amount to “white” lies, tawriya can clearly be used to commit terrible, “black” lies, especially where the adversarial non-Muslim infidel is concerned. As Sheikh al-Munajid puts it: “Tawriya is permissible if it is necessary or serves a Sharia interest.” Consider the countless “Sharia interests” that run directly counter to Western civilization and law, from empowering Islam to subjugating infidels. To realize these, Muslims, through tawriya, are given a blank check to lie—a check that surely comes in handy: not just in trivial occasions, like avoiding unwanted callers, but momentous ones, such as at high-level diplomatic meetings where major treaties are forged.

Note: The purpose of this essay was to document and describe the doctrine of tawriya. Future writings will analyze its full significance—from what it means for a Muslim to believe the Supreme Being advocates such lying, to how tawriya is liable to suppress one’s conscience to the point of passing a lie detector test—as well as compare and contrast it with the practices of other religions, and more.

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum

Posted on 28 Feb 12 by MEF


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