It is written:
“A good witness is one who does not lie. A bad witness is a liar who cannot be trusted.” (Proverbs 14:5)
Jihad by deception is well understood in Islamic theology. In fact, there are two important Muslim words that describe in detail the tenants of deception in Islam:
“TRUTH Kithman is a command to deliberately conceal one’s beliefs. Primarily practiced by the minority Shi’a Muslims, this doctrine is articulated by Imam Jafar Sadiq, the sixth imam of Shi’a Islam: One who exposes something from our religion is like one who intentionally kills us. 2 You belong to a religion that whosoever conceals it, Allah will honor him and whosoever reveals it, Allah will disgrace him. 3 So Shi’a Muslims are commanded to hide what they truly believe in order to mislead outsiders as to the true nature of their religion…There is essentially no difference between the doctrine of kithman and the doctrine of taqiya. Taqiya is defined by one Shi’a Muslim commentator thusly: The word “al-Taqiyya” literally means: “Concealing or disguising one’s beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/ or strategies at a time of imminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from physical and/ or mental injury.” A one-word translation would be “Dissimulation.” 4…The doctrines of kithman and taqiya are often said to be strictly Shi’a doctrines, and Sunni Muslims deny that either doctrine is part of their tradition. Unfortunately, this is merely another deception. Next, we will run through some of the Sunni traditions that prove the universal application of taqiya within Islam….As long as a Muslim lives in a country where Islam exists as a minority, in “a weakened state,” then deceptiveness is allowed. When challenged by non-Muslims to blaspheme Allah, they “went along with them.” The nonbelievers arrested ‘Ammar Ibn Yasir and tortured him until he uttered foul words about the Prophet [Muhammad], and praised their gods and idols; and when they released him, he went straight to the Prophet. The Prophet said: “Is there something on your mind?” ‘Ammar Ibn Yasir said: “Bad news! They would not release me until I defamed you and praised their gods!” The Prophet said: “How do you find your heart to be?” ‘Ammar answered: “Comfortable with faith.” So the Prophet said: “Then if they come back for you, then do the same thing all over again.” Allah at that moment revealed the verse: “… except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in faith…” 6 (Surah 16: 106) So Muhammad actually encouraged Muslims to lie and blaspheme and deny their beliefs if that would protect them, as long as they remained “comfortable with faith.” Ibn Abbas, the most renowned and trusted narrator of tradition in the sight of the Sunnis, confirms this notion. “Taqiyya is [merely] the uttering of the tongue, while the heart is comfortable with faith.” 7…We see that taqiya is indeed a doctrine for all Muslims that allows them to deny any aspect of their faith in order to protect themselves from harm.” (Joel Richardson, The Islamic Antichrist: The Shocking Truth About The Real Nature Of The Beast, 152-156 (Kindle Edition); Los Angeles, CA; WND Books)
This does not mean that all Muslims are out to get us, for there are no doubt many Muslims who ignore these verses and concepts of the Quran. Recently in his book, The Case For Miracles, Lee Strobel interviewed a man named Tom Doyle, about the experiences of many Muslims in the Middle East who are having visions and dreams of Jesus. Doyle recounts:
““Shortly after 9/ 11, I was in Gaza City. A woman in a hijab came running up, grabbed my forearm, and said, ‘You’re from America, aren’t you?’ I said, ‘Yes, I am.’ She said, ‘When the buildings came down on 9/ 11, did you see the video of people in Gaza cheering and celebrating?’ I said, ‘Yes, I saw that on TV.’ She said: ‘Not me. I was crying for those people. They didn’t deserve to die. That was wrong. I’m very sorry.’ She tapped her heart, and then she walked away.”” (Lee Strobel, The Case For Miracles: A Journalist Investigates Evidence For The Supernatural, 145 (Kindle Edition); Grand Rapids, Michigan; Zondervan)
While we must not be blind to deception through jihad, we must also not lose sight of the fact that not all Muslims accept and follow these ideas of Islam. We must weigh each situation carefully, and respond with love and appropriate caution as Christians.