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Precaution, Secrecy, and Concealment

Precaution, Secrecy, and Concealment Allāh—High is He—commands: “O you who believe! Take your precautions, and go forth either in parties, or go forth all together.” [ An-Nisā’ : 71] So it is clear that Allāh has ordered us to take precaution (Hithr) before His Commandment to go forth… And He—Glorified is He—also commanded: “But take (every) precaution for yourselves. Verily for the infidels, Allāh has prepared a humiliating punishment.” [ An-Nisā’ : 102] So taking precautionary steps ( Asbāb ) and being careful, and likewise Kitmān (concealment and secrecy), is a legislated ( Mashrū’ ) matter in our Dīn —Rather, in many occasions it is obligatory ( Wājib ). And indeed the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) advised us to be discreet even in matters and necessities which are not military and Jihād-related. He said: “Seek help in having your needs met by being discreet (Kitmān), for everyone who is blessed with something is envied.” Nay—He (peace and blessings be upon him) exceeded that even; he guided us—with regards to this topic—to actually use Tamwīh (artifice, falsification, forgery of facts) and Mukhāda’ah (deception, manipulation) against the enemies of Allāh. Thus, according to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him), http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Die Welt des Islams Brill

Precaution, Secrecy, and Concealment

Die Welt des Islams , Volume 53 (3-4): 466 – Jan 1, 2013

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Abstract

Allāh—High is He—commands: “O you who believe! Take your precautions, and go forth either in parties, or go forth all together.” [ An-Nisā’ : 71] So it is clear that Allāh has ordered us to take precaution (Hithr) before His Commandment to go forth… And He—Glorified is He—also commanded: “But take (every) precaution for yourselves. Verily for the infidels, Allāh has prepared a humiliating punishment.” [ An-Nisā’ : 102] So taking precautionary steps ( Asbāb ) and being careful, and likewise Kitmān (concealment and secrecy), is a legislated ( Mashrū’ ) matter in our Dīn —Rather, in many occasions it is obligatory ( Wājib ). And indeed the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) advised us to be discreet even in matters and necessities which are not military and Jihād-related. He said: “Seek help in having your needs met by being discreet (Kitmān), for everyone who is blessed with something is envied.” Nay—He (peace and blessings be upon him) exceeded that even; he guided us—with regards to this topic—to actually use Tamwīh (artifice, falsification, forgery of facts) and Mukhāda’ah (deception, manipulation) against the enemies of Allāh. Thus, according to the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him),

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