Jihadwatch has a disturbing revelation, that if true, could really fire tensions between Egyptian Muslims and Coptic Christians which have been simmering since the vicious murders.
A close friend of Hossam Armanious, the Coptic Christian who was brutally murdered in New Jersey along with his family, is the source of this information, which comes to you exclusively from Jihad Watch:
The Armanious family had inspired several Muslims to convert to Christianity — or thought they had. These converts were actually practicing taqiyya, or religious deception, pretending to be friends of these Christians in order to strengthen themselves against them, as in Qur'an 3:28: "Let believers not make friends with infidels in preference to the faithful -- he that does this has nothing to hope for from Allah -- except in self-defense."
It was these "converts" who knocked on the door of the Armanious home. Of course, the family, not suspecting the deception, was happy to see the "converted" men and willingly let them in to their home. That's why there was no sign of forced entry. Then the "converted" Muslims did their grisly work.
Out of curiosity [and a little bit of journalistic obligation] I did just a little bit of research on al-taqiyya. Al-Islam.org explains:
The word "al-Taqiyya" literally means: "Concealing or disguising one's
beliefs, convictions, ideas, feelings, opinions, and/or strategies at a
time of eminent danger, whether now or later in time, to save oneself from
physical and/or mental injury." A one-word translation would be
According the rest of the article, al-taqiyya seems largely defensive in nature and is essentially a doctrine where under duress and in periods of danger and great need Muslims are allowed dissemble and do other things like eat dead meat from animals and take alcohol.
So if Jihadwatch is right what these butchers did was NOT al-taqiyya but a vicious bastardization of it where trust is used to betray and murder. A damned, bloody shame in a community where Christians and Muslims were getting along.