Defining Taqiyya



  • A term used by persons when trying to discredit Muslims or shut them out of meaningful dialog. Those who resort to this tactic commit the logical fallacy appeal to ignorance in which they assert the Muslim is necessarily lying because he has not been proven to be telling the truth.
  • A practice whereby adherents to Islam may conceal their faith when they are under threat, persecution, or compulsion.


The practice of concealing one’s faith in dangerous circumstances originates in the Qur’an itself, which deems those who disguise their beliefs in such cases may be forgiven:

As for anyone who denies God after having once attained to faith – and this, to be sure, does not apply to one who does it under duress, the while his heart remains true to his faith, but [only to] him who willingly opens up his heart to a denial of the truth -: upon all such [falls] God’s condemnation, and tremendous suffering awaits them. [Surah an-Nahl: 106, Asad translation]


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