Hadiths that allow lying following the guidance by Islamic prophet Mohammad:
Sahih Muslim/Hadith Book 032, Number 6303: …”Shihab said he did not hear that exemption was granted in anything what the people speak as lie but in three cases: in battle, for bringing reconciliation amongst persons and the narration of the words of the husband to his wife, and the narration of the words of a wife to her husband (in a twisted form in order to bring reconciliation between them)”.
Hadith Sahih al-Bukhari: Volume 3, Book 49, Number 857: Narrated Um Kulthum bint Uqba:
“That she heard Allah’s Apostle (Mohammad) saying, He who makes peace between the people by inventing good information or saying good things, is not a liar”.
Sahih al-Bukhari: Volume 5, Book 59, Number 369: Allah’s Apostle said, “Who is willing to kill Ka’b bin Al-Ashraf who has hurt Allah and His Apostle”?
Thereupon Muhammad bin Maslama got up saying, “O Allah’s Apostle! Would you like that I kill him?; The Prophet said, Yes; Muhammad bin Maslama said, Then allow me to say a (false) thing (i.e. to deceive Kab). The Prophet said, “You may say it”
In the book “The spirit of Islam,” by the Muslim scholar, Afif A. Tabbarah stated: “Lying is not always bad, to be sure; there are times when telling a lie is more profitable and better for the general welfare, and for the settlement of conciliation among people, than telling the truth. To this effect, the Prophet says: ‘He is not a false person who (through lies) settles conciliation among people, supports good or says what is good.”
Tabbarah’s book is in the catologue of the King Saud University Library in Saudi Arabia, the birth place of Islam.
And from Abdullah Al Araby: The Arabic word, “Takeyya”, means “to prevent,” or guard against. The principle of Al Takeyya conveys the understanding that Muslims are permitted to lie as a preventive measure against anticipated harm to one’s self or fellow Muslims. This principle gives Muslims the liberty to lie under circumstances that they perceive as life threatening. They can even deny the faith, if they do not mean it in their hearts. Al-Takeyya is based on the following Quranic verse:
“Let not the believers Take for friends or helpers Unbelievers rather than believers: if any do that, in nothing will there be help from Allah: except by way of precaution (prevention), that ye may Guard yourselves from them (prevent them from harming you.) But Allah cautions you (To remember) Himself; for the final goal is to Allah.” Surah 3: 28
An example of Islamic deception is that Muslim activists always quote the passages of the Quran from the early part of Mohammed’s ministry while living in Mecca. These texts are peaceful and exemplify tolerance towards those that are not followers of Islam. All the while, they are fully aware that most of these passages were abrogated (cancelled and replaced) by passages that came after he migrated to Medina. The replacement verses reflect prejudice, intolerance, and endorse violence upon unbelievers
In conclusion, it is imperative to understand, that Muslim leaders can use this loop-hole in their religion, to absolve them from any permanent commitment. It is also important to know that what Muslim activists say to spread Islam may not always be the whole truth. When dealing with Muslims, what they say is not the issue. The real issue is, what they actually mean in their hearts.”
“Reflections of an American Muslim“ (archive copy from 3/3/08 – been published since Jan. 1999) was written by Dr. Shahid Athar. He is the former president of The Islamic Medical Association of North America and is the Clinical Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis, Indiana.
Below is what he wrote:
“LYING EVER JUSTIFIED?
There are no absolute justifications in Islam and the Prophet has asked us to tell truth even under the harshest circumstances of oppression. However, one may choose not to tell the truth when:
a. He is under oppression and there is danger of losing his life if he told the truth. Shaykh Saadi narrates a story, “A cruel king ordered an innocent man present in his court to be killed because of his lack of manners. Hearing this, the villager started to curse the king in his native language. The king asked the prime minister, who understood that man’s language, to tell him what that man was saying The wise minister, instead of telling the truth, told the king this man is sorry for his conduct, praising his greatness and asking for his mercy The king was affected and he spared the life of that innocent man.” Shaykh Saadi calls this a “lie with wisdom.”
b. To promote mutual relationship between spouse, i.e., if wife asks you, “Am I beautiful?” or “Do you love me?” there is nothing wrong with saying “Yes,” even if this is not the case.
c. While making peace between two quarreling parties, instead of igniting them against each other, i.e., “He said such and such bad thing about you,” just say,”He says such and such good thing about you.” Tradition: He is not a liar who tries to bring peace between two people by trying to tell the truth only as described in Surah al-Anbiya (21:62).
d. To make unbelievers realize the truth (21:62-65) When Prophet Abraham broke all the idols except the biggest one, the unbelievers entered the temple. Abraham hid and put his ax in the hand of the chief idol. They asked, “Who broke our gods?” He said, “Ask the chief idol, he has the ax.” They said, “Don’t you know he can’t speak or do anything?” Abraham said, “That’s what I have been telling you, so worship God, rather than these stones who cannot harm or profit you.”