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Guide to Understanding Wahhabis, Salafis & Wahhabism

News Articles, Personal Writings, Interviews

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1 The Wahhabi Who Loved Beauty Jalal’s fate, however, was to don a gas-mask supplied by the Wahhabi sect, which cut
him off from the liberating oxygen of normative Islam and slowly asphyxiated him with fumes of human making. At the university, his open-mindedness made him heedless of
our counsels about choosing company that would open his heart to the love of his Lord,
rather than close it in recriminations and self-exaltation.

Formerly a frequent visitor to Madina, he went less often, troubled by Wahhabi polemic against paying too much attention to God’s messengers.

After one intense session with a Wahhabi, whose blindness had veiled from him my own orientation, I had to detoxify myself by taking a long walk, breathing deeply, and repeating thousands of prayers upon the Holy Prophet.

Kerim Fenari ***** click here
2 The Good & The Bad
Stephen Schwartz on Islam and Wahhabism
A Q&A by Kathryn Jean Lopez
Wahhabism is an extremist, puritanical, and violent movement that emerged, with the pretension of "reforming" Islam, in the central area of Arabia in the 18th century.

Forms of neo-Wahhabi or Wahhabized ideology have been powerful in Egypt (the Muslim Brotherhood) and in Pakistan — in both countries neo-Wahhabis lead attacks on other Muslims and other faiths.

Wahhabi extremism and terrorism continue to plague Nigeria, Uzbekistan, Indonesia, and the Philippines, although its real supporters in these countries are few in number.

The involvement of 15 Saudis out of 19 hijackers reflects an inevitable outcome of Wahhabi ideology, not a special tactic by Osama bin Laden.

Interview of Stephen Schwartz by Kathryn Jean Lopez **** click here
3 Don't Play Into the Hands of Extremists Since the Sept 11 attacks, perpetrated by people who came mostly from Saudi
Arabia, Wahabism has entered the vocabulary of American policy-makers as almost
synonymous with death, destruction and terror.

Instead of representing growing Wahabi power, the Sept 11 attacks and their aftermath in Afghanistan may signal the peak of Wahabi influence, and a turning point in Arab attitudes towards such extremists.

When the big oil money of the 1970s started flooding the Gulf region, the balance in
religious matters shifted away from the progressive Levantine version of Islam that
existed in Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq and Algeria, to the Wahabis' rigid tendencies.

Youssef M. Ibrahim **** click here
4 The Hidden Face of Extremism - The "New Wahhabi" Movement The capture of Al-Haram Mosque at Mecca by Juhayman al-Qaybi and his supporters, the Ikhwans (Brothers), in Nov. 20, 1979, marked the beginning of the "new Wahhabism" which called for religious extremism and violence; what many people call terrorism today. The main source of religious extremism in the Arab and Islamic world is the first Wahhabi movement that was founded on ... by Shaykh Mohammed bin Abdul Wahhab.

Since its beginning, Wahhabism relied on the ideas of a Muslim scholar, Ibn Taymiyyah, who called for a return to "real Islam"...

The British had a vested interest in the continued destabilization of the Ottoman
Empire, and saw the Wahhabis as a vehicle to that end. The Empire's support
for the cause lasted for about half a century.

M. Darwish *** click here
5 Extremists in a Moderate Land "The Wahabis," Mullah Ahmed Suwayri told me vehemently, "are stealing our youth and brainwashing them."

Like the other mullahs, Ahmed was
concerned about the spread of extremist Wahabi Islam in a region whose inhabitants have traditionally practiced a moderate and tolerant form of Sunni Islam. Just how moderate was shown when these elderly clerics greeted me, an unrelated woman, by shaking my hand -- a gesture that would be unthinkable
to many religious Muslim men.

Everywhere I went were mosques easily identifiable as Saudi-financed -- stamped neatly on their whitewashed walls were the Roman letters IIRO and the Arabic words for
International Islamic Relief Organization...

Carole O' Leary *** click here
6 Why Extremism Always Fails: Spanish Muslim Perspectives ‘We’re so sorry about what happened. Don’t
worry. We know it wasn’t Muslims who did it. It was the Wahhabis!’

The courageous Reyes, who claims that his life has been repeatedly threatened by Wahhabi extremists in Barcelona, insists that 'we must consider why the prayers of these Wahhabists are not answered. In Algeria they pray every day for the destruction of the government, but their prayers are refused. In Afghanistan, they
pray for the defeat of America, but their prayers are refused. In Egypt they pray for
the death of Mubarek and the Christians, but their prayers are refused. If they claim that they are the kind of Muslims that Allah loves, they should look at their hands, and ask themselves why their prayers fail.'

Abd el-Wahid Miranda **** click here

The Connection Between Wahhabism and Terrorism


A Wahhabi Saudi sheikh warned young people not to speak English ... and screamed: 'This is the language of the infidels, to the point where it has the word 'blease' ['please'], which is derived from iblis [Satan]. This is the language of the devil...'

Wahhabism attributes great importance to the [outward] forms of Islam - growing a beard, ankle-length garments for men, and the requirement to use toothpicks instead of the satanic Western  toothbrush.

I say that this Wahhabism is incapable of ...  spreading the values of tolerance that Islam has set out... this Wahhabism leads ... to the birth of extremist, closed, and fanatical streams, that accuse others of heresy, abolish them, and destroy them. The extremist religious groups have moved from the stage of Takfir to the stage of 'annihilation and destruction'..

Wael Al-Abrashi *** click here
8 Islam and Society in Southeast Asia after September 11 As a result of the large numbers of pilgrims who went on the haj to Mecca and Muslim clerics who attended the madrassahs in Arabia and India, the austere literal interpretations of the Islamic faith contained in Wahhabi doctrines have had a growing impact on the region since 1870s.

Saudi Arabia's petrodollar boom of the 1970s following the quadrupling of oil prices led to Saudi Arabia becoming  a major influence in the promotion of Wahhabi doctrines in the region.

Barry Desker *** click here
9 New Report on Saudi Government Publications in US This is a short summary of the 89-page report, “Saudi Publications on Hate Ideology Fill American Mosques,” which was based on a year-long study of over two hundred original documents, all disseminated, published or otherwise generated by the government of Saudi Arabia and collected from more than a dozen mosques in the United States.

Among the key findings of the report... various Saudi government publications gathered for this study, most of which are in Arabic, assert that it is a religious obligation for Muslims to hate Christians and Jews and warn against imitating, befriending, or helping them in any way, or taking part in their festivities and celebrations...

Center for Religious Freedom ***** click here

Saudi government foments religious hatred in U.S.

February 7, 2005, Chicago Sun-Times


What is happening in some American mosques, including a few in the Chicago area, is deeply disturbing. In certain Islamic schools, textbooks spit vitriol against Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims: "Be disassociated from the infidels, hate them for their religion." In mosque publications, America is the "Abode of the Infidel." The idea of human and civil rights is heresy. Working women are immoral.

These views are extreme, they promote violence and they are being espoused right under our noses. We knew this was happening in France, Germany and England but we didn't know the extent of the problem here. It is not happening in all mosques or Islamic schools, by any means, but in those select ones funded by the Saudi government to disseminate the fanatic Wahhabi-style Islam that has its demagogic roots in Saudi Arabia.

Chicago Sun-Times ***** click here
11 Saudi Mischief in Fallujah

06/23/2003, Volume 008, Issue 40, The Weekly Standard

... on the ground in Iraq, Newsweek reporter Scott Johnson was also picking up signs of Saudi involvement. In a story in the June 16 issue, Johnson quotes a U.S. intelligence officer in Baghdad as saying that, increasingly, Iraqi sources are identifying the armed men who are organizing to fight the coalition forces as Wahhabis. Johnson explains this term as "Muslims akin to the extremist sect that inspired Al Qaeda." Said the U.S. intelligence officer, "Now, all of a sudden, these Wahhabi guys have been appearing. We're hearing that word a lot more: Wahhabi."

According to Iraqi sources inside the country who insist on anonymity, Wahhabi imams in the Fallujah mosques, as well as dozens of agitators from Saudi Arabia, have begun aggressive preaching of suicide bombings against coalition forces as part of a campaign of guerrilla warfare.

Stephen Schwartz *** click here
12 Ungodly Saudi Missionaries

One mosque where Freedom House researchers found evidence of Saudi Wahhabi skullduggery is three miles from where the World Trade Center used to be. Muslim newcomers to America are told Wahhabism, the official creed of the Saudi kingdom, is the only true religion. Anyone who doesn't conform to the postulates of Wahhabism is an apostate.

Beginning in 1979, after the revolutionary Shiite clergy in Iran overthrew the monarchy and panicked the Saudi royal family, Wahhabi "missionaries" were given a free hand and countless billions to spread their anti-Shiite faith all over the world. Beginning in 1989, following the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Wahhabi clergy began funding Pakistan's madrassas, Koranic schools where hatred of America, Israel and India is taught to this day.

Arnaud de Borchgrave

UPI Editor at Large


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13 A Wahhabi Crackup in America?

Published 8/10/2004 - Tech Central Station

American Muslims cannot help but feel compromised by their own failure to break with terrorist sponsors in Saudi Arabia, based in the Wahhabi sect -- the official cult in the desert kingdom -- and the "Wahhabi lobby" of organizations on our soil, like the so-called Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR).

More and more American Muslims want the Saudi-financed terror jihad, and the Wahhabi lobby that speaks for it in this country, off their backs. Organizations like CAIR have been enabled by American media, and even by some government organizations, to monopolize the Muslim side in the American debate over terrorism. Now, the Wahhabi lobby may be cracking up.

Stephen Schwartz **** click here