France24: Taqiyya, or the terrorist ‘art of deception'

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  1. afako

    afako Regular Member

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    Nearly a year ago, as one of France’s longest-ever police sieges was about to end on the morning of March 22, 2012, Mohamed Merah – also known as “the Toulouse gunman” – uttered a cry that seemed enigmatic to the uninformed, but was weighted with meaning for counterterrorism experts.

    “It’s not the money, it’s the deception that’s critical,” said the 23-year-old French-Algerian shortly before he jumped off his Toulouse apartment window and was gunned down by an elite French anti-terror unit.

    The somewhat cryptic cry was a likely reference to “taqiyya” – a form of religious dissimulation or legal dispensation in which believers deny their faith or even commit blasphemous acts as a deception if they are seriously threatened or at risk of persecution. {Part of Islamic Warfare. Even PBUH used it and his Servants are just using it today. Could be }

    "Concealment is a technique as old as the world," explained French anti-terrorism judge Marc Trévidic in an interview with FRANCE 24. “It’s also an essential component of any war strategy, regardless of the people involved.”

    In Islam, taqiyya dates back to the time when Shiite Muslims were hounded and persecuted by the Sunni caliphs following the 7th century schism between the followers of the Prophet’s son-in-law, Ali, and the Sunni caliphate.

    For the traditionally persecuted Shiite minority, deception – or taqiyya – was considered a matter of survival. Although the term does not exist in Sunni jurisprudence, there have been rare cases of Sunnis practicing taqiyya in extraordinary circumstances.

    But it was not until the term was recovered by Sunni jihadists trained in the Afghan terror camps that it began to get the attention of counterterrorism experts as trained and radicalised young men began practising taqiyya as a means of integrating and disguising themselves in Western societies.

    “Taqiyya, as it’s understood today, is actually a radicalised version of concealment, in the sense that some religious extremists have found 'dalils' (or 'evidence') in the Koran that would justify their actions,” said Trévidic.

    From Afghanistan to Europe and Canada

    In France, intelligence agencies have been aware of the radicalised adoption of taqiyya since the mid-1990s, when al Qaeda began to advocate this technique among recruits plotting attacks on Western targets. The message was also targeted at French citizens of North African origins.

    “These people who took the path of taqiyya were called ‘sleepers’. This is when we began to discover that after their passage through the jihadist training camps in Afghanistan, the recruits were sent home and directed to make a show of their ordinary, integrated lives - sometimes even masquerading as unbelievers,” said Trévidic.

    One of the best-known jihadist sleepers was the "Hamburg cell", the infamous group of radicalized students in that German city who went on to execute the September 11, 2001, attacks – including 9/11 leader Mohamed Atta.

    Another example of a terrorist in disguise was Fateh Kamel, a handsome Algerian-Canadian who was sentenced to eight years in jail by a French court in 1999 for supporting a terrorist plot against targets in Paris.

    Assessing the danger of Islamists

    But while Merah’s behaviour may have been deceptive in keeping with taqiyya norms, his activities were well known to the French secret services, according to Trévidic.

    According to the anti-terror judge, the challenge for French authorities is not so much to identify the followers of taqiyya, but to assess their threat levels. "That is the whole problem of the DCRI [Direction centrale du renseignement intérieur – or the French domestic intelligence agency] in the Merah case," noted Trévidic.

    If Merah’s suspicious trips to places like Pakistan were being monitored and French intelligence agents were aware that he belonged to a small Toulouse-based Salafist group, they failed to distinguish between a low-level delinquent and a potentially dangerous Islamist militant – or at which point the former could become the latter.

    Trévidic acknowledges that it’s a challenge for the DCRI to identify radicalised youth ready and capable of putting their plans into action. But that’s the strength of taqiyya followers: in the impoverished, immigrant-dominated French suburbs – or banlieues in French - they often behave like local gangsters or gang leaders. To escape the counterterrorism radar, it’s not uncommon for potential terrorists to engage in minor acts of delinquency.

    ‘Rediscovering what we already know’

    "No country is truly equipped against concealment. What we know today is that practices such as taqiyya require a deep infiltration of our territory, an in-depth knowledge of groups and individuals, as well as an effective system of recovering and retrieving information in the field,” said Trévidic.

    The dismantling of suspected sleeper cells, such as the March 7-8 arrests of three terror suspects in the southern French town of Marignane (a suburb of Marseille), has intensified in the wake of the Merah case. "In terrorism, we are constantly rediscovering what we already know," notes Trévidic.

    It’s a view mirrored by Alain Gresh, deputy director of the left-wing monthly Le Monde Diplomatique. In an interview with FRANCE 24, Gresh noted that taqiyya is not a new phenomenon. "Who are the terrorists who shout their intentions from rooftops?" he asked.

    In a blog post published on March 2, Gresh argued that the media treatment of taqiyya has sometimes been “racist” and inappropriate. "Some journalists have suggested that Arabs have a perverse way of thinking that is permitted by their religion. :rofl: Concealment is not limited to radical Islam. It is found in all religious doctrines and even in political doctrines,” he noted.

    Taqiyya, or the terrorist ‘art of deception' - FRANCE - ISLAM - FRANCE 24

    Even PBUH and his companions did practice Taqqiya to convert Pagans to Islam and establish Superiority over Non-Muslims.

    It is a part of Islamic Warfare and has been used by Muslims throughout History and even Today India and Indic Interests are reeling under some or the other form of Taqqiya!

    TheReligionofPeace - Islam: Taqiyya and Lying

    How Taqiyya Alters Islam's Rules of War: Defeating Jihadist Terrorism :: Middle East Quarterly

    What ramifications does the doctrine of taqiyya have for all interaction between Muslims and non-Muslims?

    From Quran Verse 3:28

    How does it affect India?

    1) Taqiyya practiced by Islamic Republic of Pakistan

    2) Taqiyya Practiced by Indian Muslims

    3) Taqiyya practiced by Bdiots and other Muslims (Iranians, Arabs, Indonesians, Afghans)

    1) Taqiyya practiced by Islamic Republic of Pakistan:-

    India: Islamic Republic of Pakistan supports Terrorism against India.

    Islamic Republic of Pakistan: India should understand our concerns. We are ourselves a victim of Terrorism. India should like a big brother forgive us and increase contacts and work for peace. (Taqiyya)

    2) Taqiyya Practiced by Indian Muslims:-

    Indian Muslims:- Islam is a Religion of Peace. Islam is perfectly compatible with Secularism. We believe in co-existence of all religions and want to live in peace. We are all Indians first and Hindus, Muslims, Christians, next. (Classic Taqiyya)

    3) Taqiyya practiced by Bdiots and other Muslims (Iranians, Arabs, Indonesians, Afghans):- India is an ally of us in war against Terrorism. Terrorism is done by Fringe minorities who are extremists. They exist in Every Religion. Terrorists have No Religion. All religions Teach peace. Islam is a peaceful Religion. Those Terrorists are not Muslims. They bring a bad name to Islam. We should join hands together and fight against them for greater peace of humanity. (Classic Taqiyya followed by Muslims)
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  3. afako

    afako Regular Member

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    Muslims are allowed to lie to unbelievers in order to defeat them. The two forms are:

    Taqiyya - Saying something that isn't true.

    Kitman - Lying by omission. An example would be when Muslim apologists quote only a fragment of verse 5:32 (that if anyone kills "it shall be as if he had killed all mankind") while neglecting to mention that the rest of the verse (and the next) mandate murder in undefined cases of "corruption" and "mischief."

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