Taqiyya (Ř§Ů„ŘŞŮ‚ŮŠŘ©) is translated literally as “speaking contrary to one’s inner beliefs.” It is often translated by the Shia propagandists as “dissimulation” and in fact this definition of Taqiyyah is a sort of Taqiyyah in and of itself! The Shia use the word “dissimulation” only because nobody really knows what the word means, and it is a euphemism for the word “deceit.” The Shia propagandists are hiding behind the word “dissimulation” in the hopes that nobody will take the time to look up this word in the dictionary.
According to http://www.dictionary.com/, the word “dissimulation” translates to:
Dissimulation: n., the act of deceiving [Synonyms: deception, deceit, dissembling]
Thus, let us be honest when we discuss Taqiyyah and use words that the common man will understand. Taqiyyah translates to “the act of deceiving.” An explanation of Taqiyyah was given by the Infallible Imam of the Shia as recorded in Al-Kafi, the most reliable of the Shia books of Hadith: The Imam said that Taqiyyah is to say one thing outwardly but to believe another inwardly. There is another term for this: lying.
It is a very odd faith that allows for lying, and not only allows for it, but commands it! The Shia have gone on to say that Taqiyyah is a virtuous act and a highly encouraged act. It is classed as Mustahabb (highly recommended).
The Shia propagandists will use Taqiyyah when they explain what Taqiyyah is. They will argue that Taqiyyah is allowed when one’s life is in danger. However, this is not the only time in which Taqiyyah is observed by the Shia! We read on Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s official website the following Fatwa:
What are the kinds of Taqiyah (dissimulation) and when is it obligatory?
There are different types of Taqiyah:
1) Taqiyah is done for safety reasons. For example, a person fears that he might be killed or harmed, if he does not observe Taqiyah. In this case, it is obligatory to observe Taqiyah.
2) Reconciliatory Taqiyah. This type of Taqiyah is done when a person intends to reconcile with the other side or when he intends to soften their hearts. This kind of Taqiyah is permissible but not obligatory.
3) Sometimes, Taqiyah may cause a more important obligation to be lost or missed, if so it is forbidden…
4) Sometimes, Taqiyah may lead to the death of an innocent person. If so, it is not permissible. It is therefore haram (forbidden) to kill another person to save your own life.
(source: Grand Ayatollah Sistani’s official website,
In other words, Taqiyyah is permitted to:
1. Save oneself (mandatory)
2. Reconciliatory Taqiyyah: Softening hearts (permissible, not mandatory)
3. To escape an obligation such as speaking out against oppression or infidelity (forbidden)
4. To preserve oneâ€™s life if it means someone else may die (forbidden)
Firstly, we see that there are different types of Taqiyyah. What the Shia propagandists do is that they simply talk about the first type mentioned above (i.e. to save one’s life) but they do not discuss the second type of Taqiyyah mentioned.
It is the second type of Taqiyyah–reconciliatory Taqiyyah–which interests us. It can better be explained by none other than the Infallible Imam of the Shia. According to the Shia’s Al-Kafi, Imam Sadiq is reported to have said in an authentic narration:
“Mix with them (i.e.non-shia) outwardly but oppose them inwardly.” (Al-Kafi, vol.9, p.116)
Thus, there should be no confusion as to the intent of Taqiyyah. Softening the hearts is an attempt to weaken the enemy’s defenses against an imminent and clandestine attack by the Shia.
The claim by the Shia propagandists that Taqiyyah is only permissible to save one’s life is false. It is also permissible to do Taqiyyah in order to save one’s religion, as this is considered more sacred than one’s life. In order to further Shi’ism, it is permissible to lie. This falls under the category of “softening hearts” (i.e. softening their hearts to the call of Shi’ism). Thus, the Shia are allowed to lie when they discuss their faith with others.
For example, we will see that that the Shia will oftentimes avoid insulting the Sahabah and Wives of the Prophet in front of the followers of the Ahlus Sunnah. If we ask them why they hate the friends and wives of the Prophet, they will feel no qualms in lying to us and saying that they don’t hate them at all. But when they are alone with their fellow Shia, they will insult and degrade the Sahabah and the Wives of the Prophet. The Shia will raise their children with malicious fairy-tales designed to malign these people, calling them murderers and fabricators.
According to the rightly guided Ahlus Sunnah, Taqiyyah of the Shia is none other than Nifaq (hypocrisy). The Imam of the Shia has said that Taqiyyah is to:
â€śMix with them (i.e.non-shia) outwardly but oppose them inwardly.â€ť (Al-Kafi, vol.9, p.116)
Allah describes the Munafiqoon (hypocrites) in the Quran:
“When they [hypocrites] meet those who believe, they say: ‘We believe.’ But when they are alone with their evil ones, they say: ‘We are really with you, we (were) only jesting.’” (Quran, 2:14)
When the Shia meet with the mainstream Muslims, they will say “We don’t hate the Sahabah and the wives of the Prophet;” but when they are in their own Shia circles, they spend all their time spewing forth hatred and slander against them.
Taqiyyah is a most peculiar institution. No other religion in the world advocates its followers to lie. Lying is considered a sin in all other religions. Lying about one’s religion is especially heinous but it is a must for the Shia.
The Shia also believe in the concept of Kitman. Kitman means hiding one’s faith from non-Shias. It is considered necessary in the Shia doctrine to hide certain aspects of one’s faith from non-Shias, as well as ignorant Shia who don’t really know their faith. Taqiyyah and Kitman are one of the reasons that the Shia have so many beliefs (presented in this site) that the Shia masses are ignorant about. They are purposefully hidden and kept secret; as can be seen, Shi’ism has the characteristics of a secret cult, no doubt a reflection of its Saba’ite origins.
Taqiyyah is considered obligatory on the Shia up until the day Imam Mehdi (al Qa’im) returns. According to Shaykh Saduq ibn Babawayhi, who is considered one of the foremost authorties of Shi’ism:
“Our belief concerning taqiya (permissible dissimulation) is that it is obligatory, and he who forsakes it is in the same position as he who forsakes prayer…Now until the Imam al-Qa’im appears, taqiya is obligatory and it is not permissible to dispense with it. He, who abandons it before the appearance of the Qa’im, has verily gone out of the religion of Allah, Exalted is He, and the religion of the Imams, and disobeys Allah and His Messenger and the Imams.
“Imam Ja’far was asked concerning the Word of Allah, Mighty and Glorious is He: ‘Verily the noblest among you, in the sight of Allah, is the most pious’ [49, 13]. He said: ‘(It means) he who adheres most scrupulously to the practice of taqiya.‘”
(source: “On The Beliefs of the Shi’a Imamiya“, as reproduced on the official website of the “Shia Ithna Ashari Community of Middlesex”, http://www.sicm.org.uk/index.php?page=suduk/Suduk39)
The importance of Taqiyyah cannot be understated. The Infallible Imam of the Shia has said:
“He who conceals his religion has saved it, and he who makes it public has destroyed it.”
The Shia scholars have written about the many virtues of Taqiyyah so that their followers can use this weapon to the utmost. They say: “He who conceals his religion has saved it, and he who makes it public has destroyed it.”
In Al-Kafi, the most reliable of the Shia books of Hadith, it is narrated:
“From ten parts of Deen, nine parts depend upon Taqiyyah.” (Usool-e Kafi, part 2, Kitaabul Imaan wal Kufr, Babut Taqiyyah, line 5)
We wonder: if 90% of the Shia religion is based on lies, what else do we expect from them than being chronically lying deviants? In another troublesome narration in Al-Kafi, we read:
“The Imam mentioned that the most beloved thing on the surface of earth is Taqiyyah.” (Usool-e Kafi, part 2, Kitaabul Imaan wal Kufr, Babut Taqiyyah, line 12, Riwayah 4, p.217)
“The Imam has mentioned that Taqiyyah is the coolness of his eyes.” (Usool-e Kafi, part 2, Kitaabul Imaan wal Kufr, Babut Taqiyyah, line 1, Riwayah 14, p.217)
The fifth Infallible Imam of the Shia, Abu Jafar, says:
“Taqiyyah is from my religion and the religion of my fathers; whoever doesn’t have Taqiyyah doesn’t have Iman.” (Al-Kafi, Chapter Taqiyyah, Vol. 2, p.219)
The corollary of this would be that the one who prefers to always stick to the truth cannot have Iman, and thus must be a disbeliever. This is a truly troublesome belief, and completely counter-intuitive. Imam Abu Abdullah is narrated to have said:
“O Sulaiman, you are on a religion that he who hides it is honored by Allah, and the one who propagates it [openly] will be humiliated!” (Al-Kafi, Vol. 2, p.217)
This is in direct contradiction to what Allah says in the Quran:
“Surely those who hide from people the clear proofs and guidance, which We clarified in the Book (the Quran), will be cursed by Allah…” (Quran, 2:159)
In Tafseer al-Askari which the Shia adhere to, we read the following commentary:
“Taqiyyah is a distinguishing factor between a Shia and a Sunni…one who abstains from Taqiyyah has commited an unforgiveable sin…A believer who does not do Taqiyyah is like a body without a head…Taqiyyah is the best amongst all deeds…A Shia, acting upon Taqiyyah, performed Salah behind a hypocrite (Sunni) Imam upon which the Imam commented that the angels of the seven planets and skies are sending salutations upon you and curses upon the Imam behind whom you performed Salah. A reward of 700 Salah will be recorded for the one Salah which you performed through Taqiyyah.” (Tafseer al-Askari)
In Tafseer-e Safi, we read:
“He who does not act upon Taqiyyah is void of faith.” (Tafseer-e Safi, Part 1, Faiz Kashani, p.253)
A confusing aspect of Shi’ism is that their Infallible Imams even would answer with Taqiyyah when asked questions by their followers. We read in Al-Kafi:
“Three people questioned Imam Baqir about an issue and the Imam replied to each person differently acting upon Taqiyyah and he said that if any person hears from us [Imams] such a thing which is against the Law of Allah then he should remember that we have acted upon Taqiyyah.” (Usool-e Kafi)
This really destroys the foundation of the belief: how does one determine which sayings of the Imams are correct and which were simply said under Taqiyyah? Perhaps every saying of the Imam against the first Three Caliphs was Taqiyyah?
Lying is a big sin in Islam, and the best believer is the one who always tells the truth. The Shia faith is a deranged ideology, one which advocates cussing (Tabarra), prostitution (Mutah), self-flagellation (Matam), and deceit (Taqiyyah). It is not possible that the Deen of Haqq (the Religion of Truth) would advocate deceit, lying, and hiding. Taqiyyah is a practise of a cult or a secret society, and it is not used by those who follow the Religion of God. Declared one Imam of the Shia: “…Taqiyyah is the distinctive feature of the Shia.” We would have to agree with him on this point.
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