From WikiIslam, the online resource on Islam
Jump to: navigation, search


Doublespeak (sometimes called doubletalk) is language constructed to disguise or distort its actual meaning, often resulting in a communication bypass. Doublespeak may take the form of euphemisms (e.g., "downsizing" for layoffs) or deliberate ambiguity.
language used to deceive usually through concealment or misrepresentation of truth
any language that pretends to communicate but actually does not

Doublespeak in an Islam Context

If a Muslim uses the word martyr when referring to Islamists killed in the "line-of-duty", the reader (or listener) can be deceived into believing that the person was murdered for their faith rather than someone who was killed while actively engaging in violence and warfare. The same goes for the word justice. If a Muslim uses the word justice when speaking about Islam, they may not mean equality and fairness in the law. What they could mean is the Islamic form of justice that allows for the unequal treatment of women and non-Muslims. For example, to most people justice means a woman's legal testimony is given just as much credence had she been born a man. Under shari'ah, a woman's legal testimony is worth only half that of a man's.[1][2][3]

Doublespeak can also employed when condemning acts of terror which result in a loss of innocent lives, as was the case with Islamic cleric Omar Bakri Mohammed who on July 20, following the 7/7 terrorist attacks on London, publicly stated "I condemn the killing of innocent people." only to explain two days later "Yes I condemn killing any innocent people, but not any kuffar." One of his followers, Islamic preacher Anjem Choudary, also explained in a BBC interview "when we [Muslims] say 'innocent people' we mean 'Muslims'. As far as non-Muslims are concerned, they have not accepted Islam. As far as we are concerned, that is a crime against God."[4]

See Also

  • Lying - A hub page that leads to other articles related to lying

External Links

Muslim Perspectives


  1. "O ye who believe! When ye deal with each other, in transactions involving future obligations in a fixed period of time, reduce them to writing Let a scribe write down faithfully as between the parties: let not the scribe refuse to write: as Allah Has taught him, so let him write. Let him who incurs the liability dictate, but let him fear His Lord Allah, and not diminish aught of what he owes. If they party liable is mentally deficient, or weak, or unable Himself to dictate, Let his guardian dictate faithfully, and get two witnesses, out of your own men, and if there are not two men, then a man and two women, such as ye choose, for witnesses, so that if one of them errs, the other can remind her..." - Qur'an 2:282
  2. "Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: The Prophet said, "Isn't the witness of a woman equal to half of that of a man?" The women said, "Yes." He said, "This is because of the deficiency of a woman's mind." - Sahih Bukhari 3:48:826
  3. "Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: ...The women asked, "O Allah's Apostle! What is deficient in our intelligence and religion?" He said, "Is not the evidence of two women equal to the witness of one man?" They replied in the affirmative. He said, "This is the deficiency in her intelligence..." - Sahih Bukhari 1:6:301
  4. Daniel Pipes - Can Infidels be Innocents?, August 7, 2005