Al-Takeyya: I’d never heard about it until I heard it mentioned last night. It’s an intriguing concept that includes the provision to lie if it is in your own, or Islam’s best interest.
The biggest lie currently on the agenda? “Islam is a religion of peace”. As an example, following the September 11 2001 Terrorist attacks, The Chairman of Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Judicial Council made a statement. The statement included the following:
“[Islam] forbids killing of civilians even during times of war”
“Muslims have to deal in good faith with those who live beside them in all societies, since Islam does not discriminate between humans: for they are all brothers.”
Now, it’s possible we’re reading a different Koran, but I thought that Surah 9.5 was pretty clear: “fight and slay the Pagans wherever ye find them, an seize them, beleaguer them, and lie in wait for them in every stratagem (of war); but if they repent, and establish regular prayers and practise regular charity, then open the way for them: for Allah is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful.” Kill or convert pagans, none of this “brothers” business.
I really want to give Muslim people the benefit of the doubt. Maybe some of them truly do believe that Islam is a religion of peace. Maybe some of them aren’t setting out to purposefully lie for their own gain and benefit. Maybe. But the truth is, Muslims are liars.