Now I want to say that this post is not to “bash” Islam by any means. I am mearly questioning a broad belief that has been seen in every religion. This particular example includes an Islamic example.
In some Muslim traditions, it is considered okay to lie as long as it promotes Islam. Consider that the scholar Afif A. Tabbarah believes that lying is okay under certain circumstances. Take a look at this passage from the Qur’an:
“Allah will not call you to account for thoughtlessness (vain) in your oaths, but for the intention in your hearts; and He is Oft-forgiving, Most Forbearing.” Surah 2:225
This has led some Muslims to lie to others as long as it promotes what they believe to be the “Islamic agenda”. So, if this is a part of some cultural aspects of Islam, is it possible that governments led by Islamic morals are doing the same? Is it possible that Iran is “lying” about their nuclear program (that it is for peaceful purposes only)? No one can really know, but we find multiple times in history where leaders use religion as an excuse to promote alternate agendas.
The Christian Crusades claimed that they were in the right, and that their mission to take over the holy land was supported by God. However, we see that in reality these actions go directly against the message of Peace pronounced by the religion. It directly refutes ”The Golden Rule” (Matthew 7:12), among countless others.
In short, religion can cloud reason – and in some cases, religion can become justification. Unfortunately this happens all over the world today. Therefore, it is possible that this very principle is put into action by government officials around the world.