Taqiyya is a concept and a reality that we must bear in mind when reading or listening to the words of Muslims.
What is Taqiyya?
Taqiyya (also spelled taqiya or taqiyyah) is lying to advance Islam and/or to prevent harm to Muslims (taqiyya literally means "prevention"). Muslims justify taqiyya from the Quran, other Islamic texts and the example set by Muhammad, including the following:
"The Apostle said...'Who will rid me of Ibnul Ashraf?' Muhammad bin Maslama, brother of the Bani Abdul-Ashaf, said, 'I will deal with him for you, O Apostle of Allah, I will kill him.' [Muhammad] said, 'Do so if you can... All that is incumbent upon you is that you should try.' [The Assassin] said, 'O Apostle of Allah, we shall have to tell lies.' He answered, 'Say what you like, for you are free in the matter.'" - Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad, page 307
"The Prophet said, 'War is deceit.'" - Volume 4, Book 52, Hadith 269
"By Allah, and Allah willing, if I take an oath and later find something else that is better than that, then I do what is better and expiate my oath." - Volume 7, Book 67, Hadith 427
"The believers never ally themselves with the disbelievers, instead of the believers. Whoever does this is exiled from Allah. Exempted are those who are forced to do this to avoid persecution." - Quran 3:28
When non-Muslims confront Muslims about facts that are inconvenient to Muslims (e.g., Hitler and Islam), Muslims often lie (see Muslim Brotherhood) with a straight face, even on record and in front of other Muslims, who don't appear surprised since they also know about taqiyya (as well as kitman - the related practice of telling half-truths).
Without knowing about taqiyya, non-Muslims are prone to believe Muslims' lies, especially given the nonchalant demeanor of the other Muslims around.
What about the Bible? Does it promote lying or at least leave some room for it?
The Bible and Jesus are unequivocal in condemning deceit. Jesus told us to never lie, not even under duress (see Prophet Isa):
"You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’" - Luke 18:20
"For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, of him the Son of Man will be ashamed when He comes in His own glory, and in His Father’s, and of the holy angels." - Luke 9:26
It should also be noted that Jesus identified the Satanic origin of lying:
"You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it." - John 8:44
Then where do we find the truth?
"Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:6
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