I have been formally warned by the moderator that I must not refer to any Muslim poster as using “taqiyya”, since that is the equivalent, appprently, of calling another poster a liar. So I will not do so. I am NOT calling anyone here on SDMB a liar or a practitioner of “taqiyya”. Pace Tomndebb!
“Taqiyya”, which translates literally as “the dodge” originally meant the right to deny that you are a Muslim to save your life in a crisis situation where Muslims are being killed. The idea, I suppose, is that temporarily denying your religious identity is, strategically speaking, the lesser evil if it allows the Muslim to stay alive and be able to fight the infidels at a future date.
However, for some Muslims, further developments in the interpretation of this term broadened its meaning to include other forms of lying to advance the cause of the eventual universal victory of Islam.
I would simply like to ask you to watch the comments of this Muslim cleric on Youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKs7oi_-NUo&NR=1&feature=fvwp and tell me whether you believe HE is propounding a concept that pretty much corresponds to the broader interpretation of “taqiyya”.
Now, you may allege that he is the only Muslim among the billion or more Muslims on this planet who would approve of using lying in this way, I suppose. . . . .
But I repeat my question: In your opinion, is this man, on a television program watched by Allah knows how many devout Muslims, without using the actual word, propounding the use of “taqiyya” in the broader sense of the term?