Tawriyah (Arabic) in
Islam is supposedly the best form of
Taqiyah. Taqiyah is the religiously
sanctioned practice of deception, originally allowed to save one's life from religious persecution, and later extended
as an obligatory or permitted practice to war and other situations.
Tawriyah is the formulation of Delphic, ambiguous statements that make the person to be deceived believe you are
agreeing with them, when in fact you are not.
An example of this as cited by Muslims from Christian sources, occurred when St Paul is brought before a gathering of
the Jews, who wanted to condemn him, as related in the book of Acts 23:6‑9:
But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees,
he cried out in the council, men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee; to the hope and resurrection of
the dead I am called in question.
And when he had so said, there arose a dissension between . the Pharisees and the
Sadducees: and the multitude was divided.
For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit: but
the Pharisee, confess both.
And there arose a great cry: and the Scribes that were of the Pharisees' part arose,
and strove„saying, We find no evil in this man.
Likewise, a Muslim fable relates of a believer (follower of Moses) a cousin of Pharoah who was brought to trial
Pharaoh was naturally furious, and asked his cousin to explain it. The court was
full. "The believer from the family of Pharaoh" asked them:
The Believer: Tell me who is your Lord?
The Believer: Who is your Creator?
The Believer: Who is your sustainer, who guarantees
your livelihood and removes your troubles?
Then the Believer declared: "O King! I keep you and all these present as my witness
that their Lord is my Lord, and their Sustainer is my Sustainer; and the One , who looks after their lives and
livelihood is the One who looks after my life and livelihood. I have no Lord or Creator except their Lord, Creator and
Pharaoh's anxiety vanished and the backbiters were severely tortured and put to
death.(Source: at‑Tabrasi, al‑Ihtijaj,. Beirut, 1403/1983, vol. 2, pp. 3711‑371.)
In both these cases, it is also noteworthy that the lie caused dissension in the ranks of the enemy.
Synonyms and alternate spellings:
Further Information: http://www.al-islam.org/taqiyah/2.htm
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