The Elephant in the Mosque:
The Wahhabi Menace
Many people who self-identify as Muslims ask: why should traditional Sunni Muslims should exert their time and energy to warning against those who are called “Wahhabis” (although nowadays the Wahhabis don’t usually refer to themselves as “Wahhabis but “Salafis”). The answer is manifold. Although there are many groups and ideologies that pose threats to the Muslims, such as, the cult of corporate consumerism, Christian missionaries, the military-industrial complex, the atheists, materialists and hedonists, ad nauseum, these ideologies, as grave of a concern they may be in various parts of the world, none of these groups consider themselves Muslims. Ignorant and vulnerable Muslims do not think that the beliefs these people mentioned advocate are actually from the religion of the Prophet Muhammad. Wahhabism, on the other hand, masquerades itself in the garb of piety and claims to be the true protector of…
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Addendum to “Why We Warn”
In the initial post here: http://facetofloor.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/why-we-warn-against-wahhabism/ four points were mentioned about the dangers of Wahhabism (quasi-Salafism). There is another that is important to keep in mind. Although it was alluded in the first post, i think that it needs to be elaborated on some more. The Wahhabis (quasi-Salafis) sever the Muslims from their historical and scholarly heritage. The (moderately informed) Wahhabis know that what they follow does not match up with history.
Prior to the era of European colonialism and the rise of Wahhabism in central Arabia in the mid 1700’s C.E.—or even more recently prior to the founding of the Saudi-Wahhabi state and discovery of petrol in Arabia, what were the Sunni Muslims following around the world following? The Muslims of North Africa, of the Indian subcontinent, the Sunnis of Iraq and Ash-Shaam (Greater Syria), the Sunnis of Malaysia and Indonesia, the…
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