Thursday, 9 July 2009

An example of usual Muslim Taqyya/Taqiyya/Taqiya (Dissimulation)

”Three examples: Peace and war, women and slavery”

An example of three Muslim tactics in order to hide the real message of the Qur’an:

1) About Peace and War, or why you should not trust Muslim peace initiatives: Muslims start by making reference to
the celebrated Treaty of Hudabiyya of 628 C.E., which stipulated a truce period of ten years but was broken by Mohammed in 630; this episode forms the basis of much Islamic jurisprudence regarding the supposed sanctity of treaties, Apart from acquitting the Prophet, Muslims do not tell us that the Mohammedan precedent gave rise to the doctrine of Mukawama, or perpetual war, which permits Muslims to sign ceasefires with their enemies in order to attack when they determine the time is ripe.

2) About the respect held to women: Muslims often tell that
“women are empowered by the message of Islam.” But Surahh 4:34 asserts the superiority of men over women and the right to administer punishment to fractious wives—the Arabic word used in this passage, idribuhunna, derived from daraba, is variously translated as “beat,” “hit,” “strike,” “flog.” (Abdullah Yusuf Ali tries to soften the blow in his translation of the Qur’an, opting for “spank (lightly),” but this is NOT what is actually in the Qur’an.

3) About the abolition of slavery: a parallel tendency is to deflect the more disturbing portions of the Qur’an, such as its countenancing of slavery, by resorting to the strategy of temporal contextualizing. “Perhaps Allah in his wisdom knows that socio-cultural progress is better achieved by evolution than by revolution…Perhaps we have to keep in mind the psyche of a desert society of the distant past.” But the Qur’an is accepted by all true believers as an uncreated text, its physical embodiment only a reflection of the eternal original. It cannot be located along the timeline of a gradual progressivism. “Today I have perfected your religion for you,” reads Qur’an 5:3,


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