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Wahhabism – The Origin of Extremism In Islam

Religions and its practices are not the same as when they were born.

Man evolved and when he did so he manipulated the tenets of his religion to what suits him and followed devotedly the laws that he decided for himself in the name of Almighty.

Today, this idea suits Islam more than any other religion in the world. Perceived by most as a barbaric, violent set of principles, it is clearly the root cause of the major conflicts across the planet. 

But, it is not Islam, rather a misinterpreted version of the religion by crooked intellects, the Wahhabis that saw its tenets to be customized for their personal gains.

Today’s threats including the Islamic State, Al-Qaeda, Boko Haram and many other extremist organizations interpret Islam and its teachings in Quran as it was by the Wahhabis.

Wahhabism aims at purifying the practices that they consider were not a part of the purest form of Islam, but an innovation that entered into its values later. 

For instance, in Wahhabism, being secular is an innovative idea and hence a heresy.

Wahhabism is the intolerant cult of Islam that is based on the capricious, mindless thoughts of a Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab, who lived in Nejd region of Central Arabia during the eighteenth century preaching the teachings of Ibn Taymiyyah, another outlawed Islamic scholar, whose principles deviated far from the ideal values of the religion but resorted to his wishful thinking.

Ahmad ibn Taymiyyah lived in Harran near Damascus during the 13th century, started interpreting Hadith – teachings of Prophet Mohamed, as narrated by various contemporary scholars – as they are, without analyzing the circumstances or the context of the events explained. 

As explained by Sayed Mustafa Qazwini, an Islamic religious leader, there are two kinds of sources for the teachings of Prophet: narration and reason.

Taymiyyah and his blind followers lost their power of reasoning in their love for god and started attributing Him as a human being with a shape, shadow, and blood.

Taymiyyah wanted to sentence a non-Muslim cleric Assaf-al-Nasrani because he insulted Prophet Mohamed but was pardoned by the Syrian Governor with a pre-condition of Assaf converting to Islam.

Taymiyyah along with his followers continued to protest against the decision demanding death penalty for Assaf as he had insulted the Prophet and he had no right anymore to live on this earth. 

Taymiyyah’s Islam was anti-Islamic, stripping its secular outlook and even considered some sections of secular Muslims including Shiites as non-Muslims.

According to Taymiyyah’s Islam, a Muslim cannot be secular, cannot celebrate the birth anniversaries of the Prophet, cannot pay respect to saints, but only be a Muslim who is incapable of being tolerant to any blasphemies to Islam, its Supreme power with flesh and blood and the Prophet.

Tayimmiyah was imprisoned several times for his outrageous interpretation that defaces the true ideals of Islam.

He died while in a prison at Damascus and his disciples later became popular Islamic scholars to mislead the people who follow the religion and their on-lookers. One of his students Ibn Kadhir became the author of one of the most famous exegeses of Quran (known in Arabic as tafsir).

It taught the way Islam was interpreted by Taymiyyah. In today’s Saudi Arabia, 8% of the Muslim population follows Wahhabism. 

The connection between Saudi Arabia and Wahhabism is very stronger, when Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab after being expelled- for his inhuman teachings like stoning a woman to death for the practice of adultery – sought the help of Muhammad bin Saud, the founder of the first Saudi state, both together aspired to restore the original faith of Islam among the Arabs, by weeding out the innovations. 

This diplomatic alliance continues to exist even in the twenty-first century where the descendants of Wahhab influence the clerical institutions and keep their power intact in ruling the kingdom, thereby propagating the falsified and fabricated ideas of a lunatic, self-obsessed scholar. 

The teachings of Wahhab is the official Sunni form of Islam in the Saudi Arabia, whose hatred for Shiites and other secular forms of Islam has resulted in bloody conflicts not only in the region but across the entire geopolitical spectrum.  The country of Holy Mecca sponsors Sunni extremists in the foreign Arab soil that has claimed millions of lives so far.

It claims everything to be holy; even the unjustified war against innocent, powerless Muslims who are connected by a common thread of faith. In fact, there is nothing holy about it. 

The state of Saudi can do a lot to give the Supreme power they believe in a chance to be happy about them.

But it doesn’t offer any worldly gains and hence the chances that they would decide to do so are random.

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