ORRMEANSLIGHT: Islam does not condone telling lies, on the contrary lying is compared to the highest of sins, i.e "shirk" ("associating partners with God"). The Holy Quran states the value of truth in no uncertain terms in chapter4, verse 135/136:
"O ye who believe! be strict in observing justice, and be witnesses for Allah, even though it be against yourselves or against parents and kindred... And if you conceal the truth or evade it, then remember that Allah is well aware of what you do."
The only time something unlawful is permitted is to save life. Even then, a person who lies to save his/her life would be considered on a much lower rung of faith than one who dies telling the truth.
NAJIA HUMAYUN, thank you for sharing about the Muslim month of Ramadhan. Learning about other faiths indeed helps build bridges. In fact the Holy Quran mentions other faiths when prescribing fasting to the Muslims: "O ye who believe! fasting is prescribed for you, as it was prescribed for those before you, so that you may become righteous." (Quran, Ch2:v183/184)
I too feel it is so ironic that we find so many of the values of Islam, like education for girls, being practiced in the West taht is demonized by Muslim extremists, while the so called Muslim countries are the ones guilty of trampling on almost every right granted by Islam to minorities, including women and those of other faiths.