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'''Taqiyya''' (al-Taqiyya, ansl also spelled Al-Takeyya) is a concept in [[Shia]] [[Islam]]<ref>"Taqiyah" Oxford Dictionary of Islam. John L. Esposito, Ed. Oxford University Press. 2003. Oxford Reference Online. Oxford University Press. Accessed 9 June 2006.</ref> which encourages "disguising one's beliefs, intentions, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions or strategies,"<ref name="Islam watch"></ref> especially when filing failing to do so may put the believer at risk.<ref name="">, ''Rulings Regarding the Concealment of Faith'', retrieved 10/16/08 []</ref> It is authorized under the Qur'an and Sunna.{{fact}}
Taqiyya allows a [[Shia]] Muslim even "to deny or denounce his faith if, in so doing, he protects or furthers the interests of Islam, so long as he remains faithful to Islam in his heart."<ref name="Islam watch"/> Taqiyya further permits "lying under oath in testimony before a court, deceiving by making distorted statements to the media such as the claim that Islam is a 'religion of peace.'"<ref name="Islam watch"/> Most Muslim scholars teach that this should only be done when necessary.<ref name=""/>