On Taqiyya, Or on How Not to Lie


  • Qusthan Firdaus Qusthan Firdaus teaches at the Universitas Buddhi Dharma, In Kota Tangerang, Indonesia. He can be reached at: qusthan@ abqary.net.


This article attempts to clarify the concept of taqiyya (or dissimulation for religious purposes). It will examine if the concept is coherent, and whether practices of taqiyya follow its concept. The article first discusses the concept of taqiyya. Second, it reviews historical examples of its practice. Third, it examines the implications of the Ninth Commandment in the Bible. Fourth, it discusses the notion of ‘speaking justly’ in the Qur’an. And fifth, it examines the manner in which the practice of taqiyya, often deviates from its concept.