MembersLying as a Mode of Operation


By Ryan Jones |

“Speaking is a means to achieve objectives. If a praiseworthy aim is attainable through both telling the truth and lying, it is unlawful to accomplish it through lying because there is no need. When it is possible to achieve such an aim by lying but not by telling the truth, it is permissible to lie if attaining the goal is permissible, and obligatory to lie if the goal is obligatory.”


The above quote comes from the book Reliance of the Traveler (p. 746) by 14th-century Islamic scholar Shihabuddin Abu al-’Abbas Ahmad ibn an-Naqib al-Misri. Drawing on both the Koran and the Hadith (traditions describing the words and deeds of the Prophet Mohammed), it is a foundational part of modern Sharia Law. And it flat out tells Muslims that it’s okay to lie (especially to non-believers) to achieve their “righteous” goals.


And what goal could be more righteous than ejecting...

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