Please carefully read the following definition. It will help you spot whether the term is being used correctly or someone is just showing off his/her pedestrian grasp of Islamic jurisprudence.
||| Taqiyah, literally meaning ‘to safeguard’ or ‘to defend’, is a defensive mechanism that becomes operational when one is confronted with severe religious oppression. To save his/her life, he/she dissimulates his/her true religious beliefs beneath the garb of the ‘official line’ which he/she is forced to adhere on pain of death by the oppressor. |||
Firstly, the italics in the above text are of crucial importance. These are the conditions which trigger this doctrine. If they are not present then the doctrine becomes automatically inapplicable.
Secondly, oftentimes ignorant writers use this term as a synonym for ‘deception’ as if it is some Machiavellian directive which is deployed to divert your opponent’s focus in some run-of-the-mill conflict.
Thirdly, it does NOT mean wherever Muslims are in a minority, they are religiously sanctioned to lie, cheat, and swindle whenever they come into contact with those who do not happen to be Muslims. Anyone who holds on the contrary is only making a fool of himself.
Fourthly, the oppressor needn’t be a non-Islamic dispensation. Much of the Taqiya happened under oppressive and cruel Sunni monarchs who brutalized the followers of Imam Ali (Peace be Upon him).
Fifthly, and, lastly, presently, the West is not oppressing Muslims, but, on the contrary, lavishing citizenship and other civic benefits on people from Islamic lands.
Does anyone seriously think when a Muslim of non-White extraction living in the West with his extended family bullies a White man and threatens him with consequences for indulging in ‘White supremacist behavior’ will have an occasion to indulge in Taqiya?
One needs to have his/her head examined if he/she thinks the doctrine is operational in contemporary White Western world.
One only undermines his/her own credibility if he/she tosses around terms which he/she might find difficult even to pronounce, let alone define correctly.