Carson on taqiyya in Islam: The media miss the point

Ben Carson's comments on taqiyya and Islam drew fire from news media that don't understand the concept; unfortunately, President Obama and Iran's leaders do.


CHARLOTTTE, N.C., September 27, 2015 — When Ben Carson expressed his opinion about a Muslim president last week, he set off a firestorm of controversy. In their infinite wisdom, the media saw a tree rather than the forest and completely overlooked Carson’s most important point.

In fairness, instead of overlooking the subject of taqiyya, the reality is, most of the media has no idea what it is or what it means.

The irony of Carson’s statement, combined with shouts from an audience member at a Donald Trump rally calling President Obama “a Muslim,” is that the American people have been dealing with taqiyya for the past seven years. They just don’t know it.

Originally taqiyya was an element of the Shia sect, but now it is part of mainstream Islam.

Taqiyya is a Muslim practice whereby it is acceptable to mislead non-believers about the nature of their religion in order to avoid persecution. In other words, lying. As Carson correctly pointed out, “Taqiyya is a component of Shia that allows, and even encourages, you to lie to achieve your goals.”

It is the concept of taqiyya that makes the nuclear arms deal with Iran so dangerous; the Islamic negotiators consider themselves under no obligation to honor the agreement under Islamic beliefs.

Given the early Islamic influences in Barack Obama’s upbringing, it is no wonder the president is willing to openly misrepresent the truth to the American public. That is the case regardless of his current religious beliefs.

Middle East and Islamic authority Raymond Ibrahim addressed the significance of the taqiyya issue in a recent column on his website. “Considering that the current U.S. president has expunged all reference to Islam in security documents and would have Americans believe that Islamic doctrine is more or less like Christianity, it is certainly refreshing to see a presidential candidate referencing a little known but critically important Muslim doctrine.”

Using that concept as a premise, Ibrahim points out that having a Muslim president swear his oath of office on a stack of Bibles would have little significance since taqiyya could easily be invoked as a strategy.

The practice of taqiyya runs deep for Muslims, hence the importance of understanding it. The Koran even allows believers to renounce their Islamic faith, provided it is done as a matter of self-preservation and their hearts remain pure to the religion.

Ibrahim continues, “Muslims can behave like non-Muslims—including by praying before Christian icons, wearing crosses, and making the sign of the cross—anything short of actually killing a Muslim, which is when the taqiyya goes too far (hence why Muslims in the U.S. military often expose their true loyalties when they finally reach the point of having to fight fellow Muslims in foreign nations).”

Ibrahim praises Carson for his insight and understanding of the Islamic practice and denounces the press for its ignorance of the subject. “Already ‘mainstream media’ like the Washington Post are taking Carson to task for ‘misunderstanding’ taqiyya—that is, for daring to be critical of anything Islamic.”

Ibrahim cites precedents for taqiyya in Islamic history as far back as the Prophet Muhammad himself. He asks the simple question, “If some Muslims are willing to go to such lengths to eliminate the already downtrodden Christian minorities in their midst—attending churches and baptisms and becoming ‘like family’ to those ‘infidels’ they intend to kill—does anyone doubt that a taqiyya-practicing Muslim presidential candidate might have no reservations about swearing on a stack of Bibles?”

It’s a fair question that requires further consideration, especially by our leaders in Washington and the media. It also demands that so-called “moderate” Muslim organizations such as CAIR should be exposed for phony images that are nothing more than advanced taqiyya.

Ibrahim and countless others like him continue to warn us of the subtleties of Islam that go unnoticed on a daily basis because the media always choose the easy way out of critical examination of Islam.

It is time for the United States and the West to wake up, and time for the mainstream press to be honest about Islam. And that’s no taqiyya.

Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (

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