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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Dissimulation

I was recently asked why our culture will not overcome islam. In other words, any muslims that emigrate to this country will be assimilated into our culture by our prosperity and freedom. We, therefore, have nothing to fear from islam. It will merely die on the vine, ground into dust by us, the Great Satan himself.

So, after looking around at Jihad Watch, I found this:

Obstinate Infidels are now noticing that Al Qaeda is only the most prominent and mediagenic of the many groups intent on destroying Infidels if they oppose Muslim aims, including the world-wide spread of dar al-Islam: Laskar Jihad, Jaish-e-Toiba, Abu Sayyaf, Lashkar Jihad, Gemaaa Islamiyya, Jemaa Islamiah, Jaish-e-Mohammad, and so many others. The difference between Hamas and the P.A. is like that between “extremist” and “moderate” Muslim spokesmen: the "extremists” tell the truth about the teachings of Islam, and have considerable, indeed overwhelming, textual authority, in Qur'an and hadith and the sira, or life of Muhammad, on their side. It is the “moderates,” so brightly and repeatedly invoked, and yet so ill-defined and under-analyzed and poorly understood, who have almost no textual authority on their side, and are, to the degree that they abjure Jihad and dhimmitude, incomplete or bad Muslims. Why do they remain silent? Out of embarrassment, filial piety, or something else — perhaps taqiyya or kitman, deliberate religiously-sanctioned deception.

Which led to a search for the term taqiyya, which I found here:

The word "al-Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing or disguising one's beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/or mental injury." A one-word translation would be"Dissimulation."

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