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'''Taqiyya''' (al-Taqiyya, ansl spelled Al-Takeyya) is a concept in [[Shia]] [[Islam]]<ref>"Taqiyah" Oxford Dictionary of Islam. John L. Esposito, Ed. Oxford University Press. 2003. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed 9 June 2006.</ref> which encourages "disguising one's beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies,"<ref name="Islam watch">http://www.islam-watch.org/Warner/Taqiyya-Islamic-Principle-Lying-for-Allah.htm</ref> especially when filing to do so may put the believer at risk.<ref>IslamToday.com, ''Rulings Regarding the Concealment of Faith'', retrieved 10/16/08 [http://www.islamtoday.com/showme_beta.cfm?cat_id=2&sub_cat_id=653]</ref> It is authorized under the Qur'an and Sunna.{{merge|Takeyyafact}}
'''Taqiyya''' (al-Taqiyya) is allows a concept in [[Shia]] [[Islam]]<ref>Muslim even "Taqiyah" Oxford Dictionary to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam. John L. Esposito, Ed. Oxford University Press. 2003. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed 9 June 2006so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart."</refname="Islam watch"/> which encourages Taqiyya further permits "disguising one's beliefslying under oath in testimony before a court, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategiesdeceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a 'religion of peace.'"<ref name="Islam watch"/> Most Muslim scholars teach that this should only be done when necessary.<ref>IslamToday.com, ''Rulings Regarding the Concealment of Faith'', retrieved 10/16/08 [http://www.islam-watchislamtoday.orgcom/Warner/Taqiyya-Islamic-Principle-Lying-for-Allahshowme_beta.htmcfm?cat_id=2&sub_cat_id=653]</ref> It is authorized under the Qur'an and Sunna.{{fact}}
Taqiyya allows a Sunni [[ShiaMuslim]] Muslim even "to deny or s typically denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long Taqqiya as he remains faithful to Islam in his hearthypocrisy."<ref name="Islam watch"/>{{fact}}
Taqiyya further permits Islamic Review states, "lying under oath in testimony before a courtThe Arabic word, deceiving by making distorted statements "Takeyya", means "to prevent," or guard against. The principle of Al Takeyya conveys the media such understanding that Muslims are permitted to lie as a preventive measure against anticipated harm to one's self or fellow Muslims. This principle gives Muslims the claim that Islam liberty to lie under certain circumstances. They can even deny the faith, if they do not mean it in their hearts. Al-Takeyya is a based on the following Quranic verse: 'religion 'Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do'' ''that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of peaceprecaution (prevention), that'' ''ye may Guard yourselves from them (prevent them from harming you.) But Allah cautions you (To'' ''remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah''. Surah 3: 28"<ref name=>Islamic Review, Lying in Islam, by Abdullah Al Araby [http://www.islamreview.com/articles/lying.shtml] The mission statement for Islamic Review, a Christian organization, states, "Muslim activists, in their attempt to spread their religion in the West, have been deliberately hiding a certain side of their religion. They carefully avoid, obscure and omit any negative teachings of Islam watchin order to lure converts. Our mission is to expose these teachings that are withheld from seekers in order to help people gain a more realistic insight of what it is like to live under Islam."</ref>
Sunni [[Muslim]]s typically denounce Taqqiya as hypocrisy.{{fact}} Many Some people believe that [[Barack Hussein Obama]] is a Muslim who is using Taqiyya as a means to justify his public denials of his Muslim faith. A survey in March 2008 by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that ten percent of American voters believed Sen. Barack Obama was Muslim. 16% of conservative Republicans, 16% of white evangelical Protestants and 19% of rural Americans believed Obama, who at the time was an Illinois senator and Presidential candidate, was Muslim.<ref>USA Today, ''Poll: 1 in 10 think Obama is Muslim'', Posted 4/1/2008, by Daniel Burke, Religion News Service, retrieved 10/16/2008.[http://www.usatoday.com/news/religion/2008-04-01-obama-muslim_N.htm]</ref> In a later survey, in July 2008, the number had risen to 12% of American voters who thought Obama was a Muslim. Interestingly, 37% of those who thought he was Muslim intended to vote for him.<ref>Pew Research Center, ''12% - Still Think Obama is Muslim'', retrieved 10/16/08 [http://pewresearch.org/databank/dailynumber/?NumberID=509]</ref>
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