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Wahhabi Extremism Denounced by Indian Sunni Clerics

Indian Muslims Oppose Wahhabi Extremism: A NewAgeIslam TV Report-8

From: NewAgeIslamTV  | Oct 21, 2011  

For the first time in India a Muslim Mahapanchayat passed a resolution condemning growing Wahhabi extremism. 
We have never accepted Wahhabi fatwas, and will never accept them in future too: Maulana Ashraf Kachochhvi


By C. Uday Bhaskar

October 17, 2011

The ideology of Islamic radicalism and its justification of related terrorism as ‘jihad’, which is predicated on a distorted interpretation of the tenets of Islam, received a major jolt from Indian Sunni clerics on Sunday in Moradabad, a small town in Uttar Pradesh.

Maulana Syed Mohammad Ashraf Kachochavi, general secretary of the All India Ulema and Mashaikh Board (AIUMB) which represents the majority of Sunni Muslims in India, denounced the hardline Wahhabi interpretation of Islam espoused by Saudi Arabia.

Addressing his constituency of over 100,000 people at a ‘maha-panchayat’ (great congregation), the Maulana exhorted his flock to reject such distortion of the normative principles of Islam.

Bemoaning the fact that a small group of Muslims had given a bad name to their great religion, he added: “The time has come for us to come out and claim our rights. Let us take a pledge that we will never support Wahhabi extremism -- not today, not tomorrow”.

Since the tragedy of 9/11 that felled the Twin Towers and the more recent terror attack on Mumbai in November 2008, there has been considerable ferment in the Indian Muslim populace (estimated to be 138 million as per the 2001 census data) about the distorted ideology which has been justifying and nurturing such extremism.

As is often the case, the larger majority of Muslims the world over are law-abiding citizens who do not support the malignancy of Islamic extremism -- but have either been silent or invisible.

Thus, the unambiguous stand taken by the AIUMB which represents almost 80 percent of India’s Sunni Muslims -- who in turn are the majority faction of Indian Muslims (the Shia, Ismaili and Ahmadiyya amongst others are estimated to be less than 30 million in all) -- is a very significant development in the ongoing contestation about the interpretation and practice of Islam.

The stand taken by AIUMB President Hazrat Syed Muhammad Ashraf Ashrafi and his colleagues was long overdue, for many Indian Muslims had warned of the dangers being posed by the spread of virulent Wahhabi ideology in Indian madrasas, which received generous funding from Saudi sources. The control of madrasas and what they teach and propagate to impressionable minds has been a contentious issue in India for decades.

It is regrettable that the state in India has chosen to turn a blind eye to this malignant trend for short-term electoral considerations. Hence, many poisonous and anti-national ideologies and discourses have been swirling amongst the Indian Muslim constituency.

Calling for the creation of a Central Madrasa Board that would monitor these religious prep schools, Maulana Kachochavi asserted: “Right now, the madrasas are under the control of Wahhabi-inspired organisations which run on Saudi money. The ideology they teach and spread is hardline Wahhabism”. The proposed Board, he added, would keep a watch on the flow of Saudi money into madrasa education in India.

India has been a model of relative tolerance, as far as the practice of Islam is concerned, for over a millennium and is currently home to as many as 150 million Indian Muslims. The factional diversity in India which has a mix of Sunni, Shia and other smaller sects is the envy of many Muslim nations and the syncretic culture that has evolved for centuries has withstood many challenges including the partition of 1947 and the more recent 2002 pogrom in Gujarat.

However, in recent years, the hardline Islamic factions that have an Arab-Wahhabi texture to them have been gaining ground in India and many subtle changes have been evidenced. For instance, the common greeting in the sub-continent, ‘salam-alikum’ has gradually transmuted into ‘Khuda-hafiz’ and has now become ‘Allah-hafiz’. The word ‘Khuda’ has been dropped since it is of Persian origin and is also seen to be preferred by the Shia populace.

Predictably, women have become the target of such imposed conformity and the new advocacy of groups like the Tablighi is that a ‘purdah’ (veil) to cover the face is not enough -- young Muslim girls are now advised (firmly) -- to keep a ‘purdah’ on their voices. To be barely seen and remain submissively within the family fold, in a silent mode, is the prevailing Wahhabi-derived prescription for the young Muslim girl -- a template that the Taliban and their adherents in Afghanistan and Pakistan ardently support.

The post 9/11 global challenge to quarantine and shrink terror predicated on a distortion of Islam cannot be won by military means alone. The greater war is that of resisting toxic interpretations of the Quran and insidious narratives that serve pernicious political ends.

The Maulanas in Moradabad have picked up the gauntlet. This denunciation of the distortion of Islam and the hijacking by the Wahabi school is to be globally commended and calls for many debates within the Muslim fold -- with women and girls being allowed to voice their opinions about what constitutes a gender equitable interpretation of Islam.

The White House with its empathetic incumbent should be apprised about the tectonic potential of Moradabad in the war against terror.

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  • One of the most rigid and reactionary sects in all of Islam today is Wahhabism. It is the official and dominant sect in Saudi Arabia whose sole constitution is the Holy Qur’an.

    Wahhabism and Saudi Arabia’s ruling House of Saud have been intimately and permanently intertwined since their births. Wahhabism created the Saudi monarchy, and the House of Saud spread Wahhabism. One could not have existed without the other. Wahhabism gives the House of Saud legitimacy, and the House of Saud protects and promotes Wahhabism. The two are inseparable because each supports the other and depends on it for survival.

    Unlike Islam in other Muslim countries, however, Wahhabism treats women as third class citizens, imposes the veil on them, and denies them basic human rights such as: driving cars; the freedom of traveling within the country or leaving it without permission or Mahram (“a relative male chaperon”); the interaction with men who are not related to them in order to maintain a complete separation of the sexes; and until a few decades ago denied them public education and banned them from Radio and Television.

    In addition, unlike other Islamic sects, Wahhabism outlaws the celebration of Almoulid (Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday); forbids religious freedom, opposes political freedom of expression by constantly admonishing Saudis to obey their leaders (who are not even elected); bans movie theaters; forces the public and businesses to observe prayers; cows the masses by publicly using the harshest Islamic punishments (applied mostly to the poor, like all other punishments) such as the beheading for convicted killers and the hand-amputation for thieves; denies the Saudi citizenship to non-Muslims; and condoned slavery until the 1960s. Wahhabism also abhors smoking, singing, and dancing. To ensure full compliance of its stern ordinances, the Wahhabi “Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice” with its religious police keeps a watchful eye on the Saudi public.

    Wahhabism is highly self-centered and extremely intolerant of progressive ideologies, other religions, and other Islamic sects such as Shiism and Sufism. It despises Arab Nationalism with a great deal of passion, yet it promotes “Saudi” nationalism, despite the fact that any nationalism is considered a violation of Islamic theology due to the concept of Islamic Ummah (“nation”). Wahhabism considers itself to be the only correct way in all of Islam, and any Muslim who opposes it as heretic or non-believer  

    By Nalliah Thayabharan - 5/3/2013 8:48:56 PM

  • Upon the accession of eldest son of warlord Abdulaziz also named Saud to the throne in 1953, Prince Faisal was appointed as Crown Prince. The king Saud’s tenure was marred in controversy. He started spending lavishly on himself and his close circle while neglecting the basic needs of the country. His lifestyle did not always live up to his stature of the guardian of the holy places. Saud was also appointing his own sons to the most senior government positions surpassing the other more experienced members of the family. He would take long tours of Europe with a huge entourage that cost enormous amounts of money. When Saud’s brother Faisal, who acted as the deputy Prime Minister, proposed an increased budget for the modernization of the Saudi army, the Saud family and ulama approved it. The new reform cut down substantially on Saud’s personal budget, infuriating him. But his problems were far from over. The members of the Saud family and the ulama demanded King Saud to step down.  In 1964 his brother Faisal Abdulaziz became the third king of Saudi Arabia and he went into exile in Greece and.  Faisal was the son of warlord Abdulaziz and the direct descendant of the founder of Wahhabism, from his mother’ side. The Wahhabi creed was in his blood. He showed great interest in religious studies since he was a little boy and was able to forge strong relationships within the religious establishment.
    That served him well in his quest for the throne, as it was the ulama that played a major role in backing him against his deposed brother.   During the Ibn Saud’s rule the religious establishment was playing a major role in internal politics of Saudi Arabia. Faisal decided to lean much more heavily on the ulama by giving  them the unprecedented powers including the complete control of the educational system. He also created additional ministries that ended up under the control of the Wahhabis. His desire to strengthen Islam within the Saudi society prompted him to reform the Committee for Encouragement of Virtue and Discouragement of Vice (also known as the Committee for Public Morality). He expanded the powers of mutaween, the religious police, who could now stop and arrest anyone who did not dress or act according to the religious rules put into the law.
    The mutaween has maintained these powers to this day. A very tragic example of their power was exhibited in 2002, when a girls' school in Mecca caught on fire. First on the scene were mutaween who actually sent the girls back into the burning building to put on head scarves to preserve their modesty before they could be rescued. Fifteen girls were killed many more injured.
    By Nalliah Thayabharan - 1/13/2013 11:02:01 PM

  • Warlord Abdulaziz raided many places in Najd to feed his family. On the night of January 15, 1902, 26 years old warlord Abdulaziz led 40 men climbed over the walls of the city of Riyadh on tilted palm trees and took the city of Riyadh. The Rashidi governor of the city of Riyadh, Ajlan, was killed in front of his own fortress - Masmak fort. Beginning with the conquest city of Riyadh in 1902, Warlord Abdulaziz consolidated his control over the Najd in 1922, and then conquered the Hijaz in 1925. The Wahhabis and UK supported warlord Abdulaziz and legitimized warlord Abdulaziz and his fight against the Ottoman Empire. Having conquered almost all of central Arabia, UK supported warlord Abdulaziz united his dominions into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 1932 and changed his name as King Saud bin Abdulaziz. Since then the House of Saud always supports UK and its allies including USA. Warlord Abdulaziz married more than twenty women and fathered over sixty eight children including all of the subsequent kings of Saudi Arabia.Today more than 7,000 princes in the House of Saud, the result of multiple wives and lots of progeny.
    In 1863 the Illuminati Ashkenazi Khazar Rothschilds used one of their agents in USA, John D. Rockefeller to form an oil business called Standard Oil which eventually took over all of its competition in USA. Oil was discovered in Saudi Arabia in 1938 by US geologists working for Standard Oil. Standard Oil obtained a 50 year concession granted by Abdulaziz for an immediate payment of 30,000 gold sovereigns, veritably one of the greatest bargains in history. When the extent of breathtakingly large oil reserves became evident in Saudi Arabia, Exxon, Texaco Mobil and others joined in to form the mighty Aramco consortium.
    In exchange for security of the House of Saud dynasty by USA, the Saudi Arabia’s oil wealth and revenues have been handed over for exploitation and benefit of the Zionists and their Wall Street Corporations. The House of Saud regime controls “the largest family business” in the world without any popular mandate or accountability.
    When Warlord Abdulaziz took control of the Holy Places in Arabia from the Ottoman Empire with British support, he destroyed 15 centuries of Islamic heritage, including the desecration of the tombs of the wives and companions of the Holy Prophet, in the iconoclastic imposition of Wahhabism. The iconoclastic Wahhabi House of Saud gradually destroyed several holy shrines, including historical places of Islam from the Prophet’s house in Mecca and companion Ayoob Ansari’s house in Medina and turned them into apartment buildings and hotels. They also turned the site of the Prophet’s wives’ houses into a parking lot. Art, Music, dancing, laughing and weeping (including at funerals) have been forbidden by the Wahhabis. For a Wahhabi listening to music or dancing is haram but detonating explosive and killing innocent human beings is permissible.
    To enforce Wahhabism morals enforcers known as mutawwiin have been integral to the Wahhabi movement since its inception. Mutawwiin serve as missionaries, as enforcers of public morals, and as “public ministers of the religion” who preach in the Friday mosque. In addition to enforcing male attendance at public prayer, the mutawwiin also have been responsible for supervising the closing of shops at prayer time, for looking out for infractions of public morality such as playing music, dancing, smoking, drinking alcohol, men having hair that is too long or women who are not fully covered and dressing immodestly.
    The Wahhabi-backed warlord Abdulaziz took full control of the Hijaz, Mecca and Medina, in 1924 and established the modern state of Saudi Arabia, with Wahhabism as its official religion. Since then the House of Saud has promoted Wahhabism as normative Islam throughout the Islamic world. The House of Saud was consolidated on massive oil wealth and has spent huge sums of money building Wahhabi mosques, publishing Wahhabi literature and funding Wahhabi organizations world-wide. Today, with Wahhabi control of the Holy Places intact, virtually every aspect and corner of modern Islam has been penetrated by Wahhabi influence through the agency of the House of Saud.
    Through the control of the Hajj – the beating heart of Islam – and through their vigorous publication and propaganda means, almost all the Muslims are infected with Wahhabism to some extent.
    In Saudi Arabia there is no Church, Synagogue, Buddhist nor Hindu Temple is allowed. Wahhabism (pseudo Salafism) is NOT a religion of tolerance. Wahhabism provides the fundamental base for Jihadism which causes unending strife and misery. It is not Iran that should be bombed. In Iran there are still Jews living there and praying in their Synagogues. Muammar al-Gaddafi respected Christian and Jewish religions and their Churches, Synagogues in Libya but American, English, French, Saudi and Qatari financed terrorists destroyed Churches, Synagogues recently. Buddhist Temples including Bamiyan Buddha statues have survived in Islamic countries for centuries, but they could not survive under the Wahhabism.
    Washington and London are protecting Wahhabi extremists. In Syria Christians and their Churches were safe before the Westerners began sending their Wahhabi fanatics to kill innocent Syrian civilians.
    In Bosnia and Kosovo, under the guise of “reconstruction aid”, Saudi Arabia, Kuwaiti, and other Wahhabi organizations have demolished and removed major Islamic monuments (survived attacks by Serbian and Croatian militias) which were created by Muslims with an Islamic culture and tradition stretching back to 14th century long before Muhammad Ibn Abd al-Wahhab made his 1744 alliance with the warlord Muhammad Ibn Saud who founded the Saudi dynasty – House of Saud.
    In post- Muammar al-Gaddafi Libya,Wahhabi Jihadists bulldozed several Libyan Sufi mosques (including the Tripoli’s Al-Shaab Al-Dahman mosque) and Sufi graves (including the tombs of Libyan Sufi scholars Abdullah al-Sha’ab, Abdel Salam al-Asmar and of soldiers who fought Spanish colonialists). Wahhabi Jihadists also burned down several historic Sufi libraries in Libya recently.
    Since the start of the Arab Spring uprising by Wahhabi Jihadists, many Sufi sites have been attacked in Egypt, Mali and Libya by armed Wahhabi Jihadists.
    Because control of the world’s oil reserves also meant control of the world economy, Middle East was a vital prize for any power interested in world influence or domination. Because of the stupendous source of strategic power of Middle East oil and the immense wealth from this unparalleled material prize UK and France reached a secret agreement in 1916 known as Asia Minor and divided the Ottoman Empire in the Middle East with UK cleverly keeping oil producing countries and even creating an artificial country like Kuwait. The 1945 signed memo between USA and UK says “US petroleum policy towards UK is predicated on a mutual recognition of a very extensive joint interest and upon control, at least for the moment, of the great bulk of the free petroleum resources of the world”. After the decline of UK and France, USA stepped in as the dominant neo-colonial power in the Middle East and elsewhere. Zionist policy is to keep the sources of oil in the Middle East under Zionist control. Zionist energy corporations have flourished with profits beyond the dreams of avarice with the Middle East their leading cash cow.
    The Sunnis- Shiites divide is too deep rooted and plays out daily in most Islamic countries. Shiites form the underclass in most Sunni ruled countries, but after 1979 have felt inspired and aided by Iran, have become empowered in Lebanon and elsewhere. The Sunnis-Shiites conflict which can be seen in daily blood bath in Iraq and in the Muslim world throughout its history cannot be stopped by “Fatwas”.
    Wahhabism is the only social structure in Saudi Arabia. There are no political parties, unions, or social organizations in Saudi Arabia. Wahhabi Saudi Arabia can not stay at peace with the Shia Islamic Republic of Iran.
    Wahhabism is a desert cruelty used as a Muslim-Arab ideology to keep the House of Saud in power. The king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Aziz bin Saud, is 88 years old and the throne passes not from father to son but from brother to brother. Next in line to the throne Crown Prince Salman is already 77.  While Saudi Arabia crumbles, massive oil revenues, which have long been used to buy public support, are being squeezed by sharply increased domestic demand and the Wahhabi Islamic establishment that supported the House of Saud is increasingly fractious and is losing credibility. High unemployment,  corrupt bureaucracy, crippled economy, weak education system, and millions of frustrated youth are now battering Wahhabi Saudi Arabia.
    Pakistan President Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq was a pariah till 1979 for having ousted Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and hanged him. But suddenly Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq became the darling of the Western countries when he offered space, facilities and soul for the Jihad in Afghanistan. The great Jihad in Afghanistan was a big opportunity for Wahhabis. Taliban was created with help and open recognition by Saudi Arabia and encouraged by USA to pacify Afghanistan after the chaos in the wake of withdrawal of Soviet troops. USA was interested in Zionists owned Union Oil using Afghanistan for petroleum pipe lines to transport central Asian energy to the Arabian Sea coast and beyond and to energy hungry fast developing India .Across Pakistan, the religious tenor has been correspondingly radicalised, the tolerant, Sufi-minded Barelvi form of Islam is now overtaken by the rise of the more hardliner and politicized Wahhabism. Remember Sri Lankan cricketers were ambushed in Lahore by armed Wahhabi Jihadists.
    Wahhabi cadres trained in Pakistan and Afghanistan on return to their countries in Middle East spread that culture, which now threatens most of them and has seeped even into Europe , which hosts tens of millions of Muslims .
    Present Zionist and Wahhabi doctrines foresee the fall of Iran, Belarus, and, ultimately Russia and China, after the fall of Damascus, to the combined forces of NATO and the Saudi- and Qatari-backed Wahhabis, who make up a large portion of the anti Syrian movement. Like Saudi Arabia, Qatar is also funds Wahhabi Jihadist movements world-wide. Saudi Arabia directly supported terrorist activities in several countries including Syria, Libya, Pakistan, Afghanistan, the Philippines, Indonesia, Chechnya and Bosnia
    Sufism which is vigorously present throughout South Asia including Sri Lanka for several centuries, ia an entirely indigenous Islamic resistance movement to fundamentalism. Oil rich Saudi Arabia greatly began to penetrate Sri Lanka’s adherents to Islam in 70′s. With the increased funding by the Saudi Arabia with their petro dollars, Wahhabi followers have increased and are now responsible for the sectarian clashes that are slowly increasing among peace loving Sri Lankan Muslims especially in the Eastern Province. It is sadly true but there is a rising trend of Wahhabi Jihadism in Sri Lanka. Wahhabis are trying to take the peaceful Islamic community in Sri Lanka down the path of extremism and violence.Wahhabi fundamentalism has advanced so quickly in Sri Lanka partly because the House of Saud has financed the building of so many madrasas. The Wahhabis have already created deep divisions in among Sri Lankan Muslims and have formed gangs that intimidate moderate Muslims who speak out against Wahhabi fanatics. Like the Christian fundamentalist groups using NGOs to convert innocent poor families to Christianity, Wahhabis help poor Muslim families by providing cash and other material benefits to convert the innocent poor Muslim families into their cult. By building churches and madrasas all over the world to harvest the poor souls is truely very clever idea. Wahhabis even use Sri Lankan Government Cultural and Religious Affairs Departments to continue their nefarious activities.
    Wahhabis claim that moderate Sri Lankan Muslims do not know anything of Islam and only themselves are the real scholars of Islam. But Wahhabis preach only “dawah” of hatred, terror and murder. To understand the deranged mentality of Wahhabis look at the “fitna” the Wahhabis have caused in Pakistan. The Government authorities must investigate every Wahhabi school and propagandist in the Eastern Province to make sure they are not preaching things that are inimical to Sri Lanka. Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Wahhabi terrorist groups. Saudi Arabia spends 87 billion US dollar per year to spread Wahhabism world-wide. Scholarships are offered to our Muslims youths to go to Wahhabi institutions in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. But those who completed their Wahhabi studies returned to Sri Lanka and propagate Wahhabism.
    Wahhabis have infiltrated Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation (SLBC). Almost all the participants and staffers in the Muslim section of Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation are Wahabis and use the State radio to propagate Wahhabism. Not only Wahhabis run private unlicensed radio stations in the Eastern Province, also armed Wahhabis often attack mosques and leaders of the Sufi sect.
    Wahhabism in Srilanka is headquartered in Kattankudi is a new politico-religious movement that is sweeping the Eastern province of Sri Lanka with more than sixty Muslim Wahhabi organizations helping in propagating the movement throughout Sri Lanka and has raced ahead and taken control of the Jihadist and Al Fatah groups in Sri Lanka under their wings. Wahhabism is imported and planted in the midst of peace-loving Muslims in Sri Lanka, mostly through the lavish inflow of Saudi money pumped into Sri Lanka has overtaken other Islamic organizations by threats, intimidation and coercion.
    Remember Colonel Lateef was gun down by the prominent Wahhabi militant `Police` Faiz in Oddamavadi. CIA introduced Wahhabism in Sri Lanka through Saudi Arabia as a means of countering the growing support for Iran and Sufism among the Sri Lankan Muslims since CIA had calculated that Wahhabism would be an effective rival theology to prevent the spread of Iranian influence in Sri Lanka.
    Clashes between Sufis and Wahhabi Muslims in Kattankudi and Oddamavadi are regular occurrence . More than 200 homes of Sufi followers were burnt down by Wahhabi Jihadists in Kattankudi during similar clashes occurred in October 2004.
    One of the Sufi leaders Abdul Payilvan died in Colombo was buried at in Kattankudi the next day. Wahhabi Muslims observed a hartal and demanded the removal of the body from the burial grounds. Wahhabi Muslims claim Kattankudy soil is sacred and bodies belonging to those who preach views contradictory to Wahhabism should not be buried there. Wahhabis demanded that the body of Abdul Payilvan, who is from Maruthamunai in the Ampara district, should be exhumed and buried elsewhere.
    Wahhabis had dug up the buried body of another Sufi Muslim from Mosque burial grounds and dumped the body on a local road as an act of protest. Kattankudi Police recovered the body, re-buried it in the original burial ground and guarded burial ground for few days.
    In Kattankudi, the hatred between Wahhabis and Sufis has widened in the last few years and has grown in intensity, left many injured, and caused damage to several houses and vehicles.
    Though residing in Sri Lanka illegally, P Jainul Abedin – a powerful Wahhabi preacher from Tamil Nadu – is now leading the Wahhabi Jihadism in Kattankudi.
    A more recent 2009 clash in the south-western Muslim coastal town of Beruwala reflects similar religious tensions between a popular Sufi sheikh and a nearby Wahhabi congregation.
    Saudi agents have successfully penetrated Sri Lankan Muslims social fabric and have managed to defeat the Sufism in their game. Due to the training afforded by the House of Saud now the Wahhabis have prevailed over the Sufis. The Muslims in Sri Lanka have been subdued due to the Wahhabi influence while Buddhists have been agitating for the release of Rizana Naffek – teenage housemaid from Muthur who was sentenced to death by a Wahhabi Sharia Court in Saudi Arabia.
    The House of Saud pretending to be the leaders of the Islam promote their Wahhabi ideology world-wide. The result has been the birth of al-Qaida, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Wahhabi terrorist groups which are killing Sunni and Shia Muslims alike in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
    Wahhabism has been taking roots in Maldives from the days of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom. Abandoning its tolerant, syncretic brand of Islam, Maldives now moves towards an intolerant Wahhabi society. Recently two Maldives MPs – Dr Afrasheem Ali & Aishath Velezinee – were killed by Wahhabi Jihadists.
    Al-Qaida, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba are overseen by the CIA and Mossad who want to destabilise countries that are not friendly to them. Because the House of Saud depends on the Americans for its security it always obeys American orders. The constant demonization of Iran and now the war against Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad confirms a perception that Western Countries have joined with the Wahhabis in the Wahhabis’ war on the Shiites. Wahhabi Jihadism remains a long-term security risk to the civilized world. In particular, through the spread of Wahhabi education in tens of thousands of religious schools world-wide, the practitioners of Wahhabism are breeding tens of millions of youth who are certain to remain outside the productive economy, and as a consequence, seethe with resentment and anger against the rest of society.
    Even the forced exodus of the Hindu Pandit community from the Kashmir Valley in India during the early 1990s, and the destruction of several Hindu and Sikh temples by the Wahhabi Jihadists in Kashmir, failed to slow down the volume of laudatory coverage of what were portrayed Wahhabi Jihadists as freedom fighters battling cruel Indian Army in Jammu and Kashmir State by the Western media. The “Kashmir Model” of using the language of democracy and human rights to win Western support, even while adhering to a contrary policy in practice was widely used to topple Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi. Wahhabis hated Muammar al-Gaddafi for the fact that he ruled Libya, with no quarter given to Wahhabi demands as the imposition of Sharia law or the banning of women’s dress other than the abaya. After Muammar al-Gaddafi was defeated and killed, Wahhabi Jihadists who took over Libya as a result of huge help from Nicholas Sarkozy and David Cameron have lost no time in imposing a Wahhabi version of Sharia law in Libya and in killing and jailing those who disagree with their extremist world-view. Fortunately for them, Western media channels that were once filled with news about Libya under Muammar al-Gaddafi are now silent about the immense human rights violations taking place in Libya after its “liberation” in 2011.
    Western governments and their media commentators now claim that the Wahhabi Jihadist “Muslim Brotherhood” is “moderate” and that the so-called “Wahhabi Salafis” in Egypt are merely “conservative.” Peace loving Muslims from the Balkans to Bengal have expressed their disagreement with this benign view.
    Seeing the success of such a pitch in Libya, Wahhabi Jihadists against the Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad, have begun cultivating the Western media and public opinion, the way the Wahhabi Jihadists in Kashmir used to do in the 1990s.
    So extreme has the identification with such elements become, that even the largest Western media outlets accept without question such “facts” as that Syrian leader Bashar Al-Assad bombed his own troops and facilities in order “to blame it on the insurgents.” Since the armed uprising by Wahhabi Jihadists began in Syria several thousand members of the Syrian security forces and their family members have been killed by the Wahhabi insurgents, who themselves have lost thousands of their own.
    However, those relying on Western media are told that every such death has been caused by the Syrian security forces, ignoring the deadly violence that is being unleashed in Syria by groups of armed Wahhabi mobs.
    Today in Syria, women can dress as they please. Were the Wahhabi Jihadists to take control, this freedom might soon be replaced with the obligation to wear the full veil. Already in Egypt and in Tunisia, the secular ethos of the country is rapidly giving way to Wahhabism.
    While Western countries are opposed to Wahhabi Jihadism and Sharia law in their own countries, in the Arab countries they favor Wahhabi Jihadism over those who are secular. The result is a galloping Wahhabism and its Sharia law across the Arab countries.
    All the ‘Islamist’ terror attacks in South Asia including in Mumbai,  Afghanistan and Pakistan had the hallmarks of Wahhabism. Wahhabi followers are blinded by faith to believe that they have the mandate of Allah to rid the world of ‘infidels’ and ‘heretics’. Combating terrorism may thus be impossible until this Wahhabism is thoroughly discredited.
    Since the Western countries subterfuge to destabilise Sri Lanka, by surreptitiously supporting the LTTE failed, now the Western countries will promote Wahhabi Jihadism to cause strife and trouble to destabilize Sri Lanka. Wahhabi followers – al-Qaida, Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba and other Wahhabi terrorist groups – have caused untold misery in several countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. Sri Lanka appears to be their next target. The Sri Lankan government must take immediate strict measures to control Wahhabi organizations and ban them. Wahhabis have already built several illegal Mosques in Sri lanka using Saudi Arabia’s petro dollar. The overwhelming peace loving, tolerant and intensely patriotic Muslims of Sri Lanka will extend their support to the government in this matter. As the Wahhabis are even capable of starting ethnic riots between the peaceful Sinhalese and the Muslims, the Sri Lankan government must not be lethargic on this matter.
    Significant obstruction to Wahhabi aggression now appears in the peripheral Muslim communities, including the Balkans no less than Sri Lanka and India. Calling itself “the world’s largest democracy” and possessing the third largest Muslim population in the world, India has produced a stiffer resistance to Wahhabism than any of the lands of the “Arab Spring.” If Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar are bulwarks of extremism and tyranny, peace loving, tolerant and intensely patriotic Indian Muslims may provide a barrier to Wahhabi Jihadist ambitions. With their widely-respected intellectual heritage, their close link with spiritual Sufism, and their demonstrated loyalty to their mother land, the Indian Muslims have shown the world that Western governments are wrong to accommodate fanatic Wahhabism. A struggle against Wahhabism that may have been lost in Egypt, Libya, Mali, Iraq, Bahrain, Afghanistan and Pakistan may be won in India and Sri Lanka.   

    By Nalliah Thayabharan - 10/7/2012 5:48:17 PM

  • The western scholars as well as the media are equally provocative and irresponsible in their interpretation of Islamic tenets and and idiology making it worst when they intend to hurt the sentiments of other people. Islam teaches us to believe in the verse   ??? ????? ??? ??? ", Quran firmly declares, " To you be your religion, and to me my religion" ( Surah Al-Kafirun, Verse-6).  Some people don't believe in the practice of one's own faith, especially  they have been targetting Islam and its followers which should be denounced strongly and opposed intellectually. The people who have taken this assingment should be appreciated. The Sunni-Wahabi conflict of practice has been a permanent apple of discord among the Islamic scholars, which will remain alive as it has been due to the different Islamic schools of thought and different Masaliks. The people follow the four different Imams who have some differences in their teaching of practice of Islamic tenets, but all of them are correct and true in practice of Islamic idiology and are the pillars of Islam. Anyway the present lot of Aemmas and Ulemmas should have patience and restrain from such controversies which provide a chance to un-Islamic forces to putforth their atrocious remarks and wrong interpretation of Islam.


    By Raihan Nezami - 10/22/2011 2:59:30 AM

  • Mr. Raihan Nizami. What made you say 'the writer quotes and believes in it'  John Esposito made the remarks to demonstrate what others thought of Islam. His (John Esposito') book denounces these remarks. This writer merely quoted from his (John Esposito's) book to indicate that Mr. Uday had made a very sympathetic remark - given the hostile flavor of non-Muslim political rhtorics and greenhorn scholarship. Hope things are now fully clarified.
    By mohammed Yunus - 10/21/2011 11:38:36 PM

  • Mr. Bhaskar is swinging in his article between rights and wrong - when he says "the common greeting in the sub-continent, ‘salam-alikum’ has gradually transmuted into ‘Khuda-Hafiz’ and has now become ‘Allah-Hafiz’", it seems that he is totally unaware of Islamic practice. Assalam Alaikum's literal meaning in Arabic is “May Allah's rehmat be upon you" and Khuda Hafiz means "May Allah save you" The former is used for greeting and the latter is used for departing. How can a Muslim, even an illiterate, exchange the phrases in Islamic practice? As far as the exchange of "Allah hafiz and Khuda hafiz" is concerned, both have the same intention, The phrase Khuda hafiz is of Persian origin and means, "May Allah save you" and in the same contest, Allah hafiz is used replacing Khuda with Allah. So the phrase "Allah hafiz becomes a combination of Arabic "Allah" and Persian "hafiz" So, what is wrong in practice if two languages are mixed? This is the age of derivatives. English has assimilated and derived thousands of foreign words that is how it got so enriched.

    As far as the comment of Md.Yunus is concerned, I am absolutely sure that a true Muslim would not believe in such derogatory remarks, “Franklin Graham, who gave the invocation at George W. Bush’s first inauguration, declared: ‘The God of Islam is not the same God …. [Islam] is a very evil and wicked religion.’ Pat Robertson, a long time leader of the Religious Right, was equally provocative. ‘This man Muhammad was an absolute wide eyed fanatic… a robber … a brigand …. a killer.’…… Most provocatively, Jerry Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority and the President of Liberty University called the Prophet Muhammad a ‘terrorist’ on national prime TV. ‘This is not a war between Arabs and Jews. It’s between God and the devil”’[p.165]. The writer has quoted and seems to believe in it. Such remarks should be denounced which have been made with an intention to defame Islam and its followers. Our Prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) was the only perfect human being sent upon this earth as an epitome of unique human qualities to show that such a purified and just life is also possible. That is history. But a person, who possesses western anti-Islamic views, cannot even see the historical facts.

    By Raihan Nezami - 10/21/2011 10:57:50 PM

  • I agree with Dr. Haque's criticism of Sufi clerics. We do not want Islam to be a mazaar based religion. But I disagree with Dr. Haque when he extols Shaykh Muhammad Wahhaab's rigid and puritanical depiction of Islam. We do not have to spend our lives obsessed by and fearful of committing shirk. If a young mother prays at a mazaar for the recovery of her sick child, she will not be punished by the One who is repeatedly described in the Quran as being compassionate and merciful. Sensible Muslims can find a balance.


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 10/21/2011 1:22:45 PM

  • Dr. M. AHaque, it is your turn now. You have already lost the plot. You are here as Wahhabi. And you are opposing people who do not accept terrorism as part of Islam.

    Writing a 59letter name for the guy who interpreted Islam in such a narrow manner doesn’t make him taller than he was, nor it makes him any authority on Islam. The shirk you people keep mouthing is nothing more than you and your kind’s obsession with the word ‘shirk’ is. You present Islam as ‘a way of life which is shirk centric’. A similar thing you cannot say about me. I don’t have attachments to the dead, or tree or rock or anything, and with rock I got reminded of the rock that you circumambulate 7 times in Mecca. I too, in the very words of Hazrat Umar, just see that rock as something that Prophet kissed. That’s it. Do I need to make any attachment with that rock as you guys do? The prophet was not born for the sole purpose of kissing that rock. Do you understand?

    You people have made a mountain of that rock. And you people have made the 59 lettered name as an icon, too big to not come under any scrutiny. Remember the guy died long back, as he too was a mere mortal and cannot be taken more seriously than necessary. There have been many interpreters and he at best deserves equal honour amongst them. Not more. Don’t make Sachin Tendulkar of him.

    Not a single place in your mail, you have tried to balance your leaning for Wahabbism. Are you not content with being just a Muslim? Else how do you equate rejection of Wahabbism as rejection of Quran? Has your sheikh written something that is equivalent to Quran, Nauzobilah?  His crap can be torn and thrown, if it produces such a strong division as he has already done with those writings among the followers of Quran.

    The stone that you make rounds and rounds can be grounded and made as dust to be scattered from sky, if it creates the division among those who are supposed to have damn cared for stones, and trees.

    As for your 'panchayati' to judge who can be called a Muslim, do you think you are here father of Allah, Nauzobilah, to settle that matter in case you do not want to have Allah his rights of deciding about the imaan of any of His creation?

    As for your repulsion for Mazar and nazranas, that is understandable. Even I too don’t give a damn to these. But that doesn’t mean that I will tolerate any kind of nonsense of Wahabbism. Their obsession with anti-mazar, anti-nazrana, makes it clear that they are more concerned with these practices than understanding that not just these dead guys buried can do nothing, even Allah too do not need our Sajda to do anything. He is free to do whatever He likes. Is it there that He is bound in anyway, even by His promises? Can Allah have some limit? I am sure, not, that would be absurd.

    Similarly all the theory that Islam means anti-shirkism is just as absurd. Islam is Islam. It has a certain way of life, a certain belief. That’s it. But that doesn’t lean eccentrically for being particular for not giving reverence to just about anything.  If not, then why in Islam, there is still scope of circling around stone, that too when we all know, it is nothing of reverence when we reserve that for Allah who is not a ‘thing’, not just anything? Why all the rituals? Why all the Sunnah when all that we have to-do is to be ‘muttaqee’.

    It is because Islam has done peace with human's need for something to display his affection and reverence for Allah and people and things that reminds him of Him. Obviously, Islam means peace. But what do you understand this peace stands for? For absence of violence only? If you understand peace as that way, then that’s your limitation.  Peace means one has no issue for things that are non-issue. Now go back to recall, what was the issue that lead to the revelation of Quran. I hope you know when you vouch so much for it. If not, then may be some other day I’ll put it here for you. Now go. Peace.

    And yes, for your kind information, the custodian of two Holy places that we have witnessed in recent times is not necessarily the best of all men available on the earth to-do the job, nor he has been elected by all the people or majority of them in free and fair election, nor he is expected to be not unaware of the prohibitions under Islam, which includes to not have more than 4 wives. Justgo and check how many he has and you will know what a great sex racket this custodian is running perhaps exclusively for himself. I do expect to be evaluated by you as ‘so narrow minded’ for not giving this particular Islamic concession for our Holy Guardian.  And yes, you can send your ‘Freedom First’ for me to see what do you read and then what you make out of it.

    By sadaf - 10/21/2011 11:55:17 AM

  • I appreciate Dr. M.A Haque comments and would like to get a copy "madrasas" published in Freedom First June 2006 issue. Many thanks, Abul Qassim Jalaluddin

    By Abul Qassim - 10/21/2011 11:02:25 AM

  • The Qur'an tells us to seek the best meaning in it (39:18, 39:55). As I glanced through the article I was really pleased to read this remark: "the larger majority of Muslims the world over are extremists -- but have either been silent or invisible."

    Samuel P. Huntington, an American political scientist of outstanding repute, in his world famous work 'Clash of Civilizations and remaking of world order’, says this about we Muslims: "The activists in Islamic fundamentalist groups are not, as Kepel points out, "aging conservatives or illiterate peasants." With Muslims as with others, the religious revival is an urban phenomenon and appeals to people who are modern oriented, well educated and pursue careers in professions, government and Commerce." John L.Esposito,  Professor of International Affairs and Islamic Studies and the director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University and one of the most distinguished scholars, indomitable and erudite writer, rare ‘sympathizer’ of Islam writes the following in his recent publication, ‘The Future of Islam.’ (2010 publication)

    “Franklin Graham, who gave the invocation at George W. bush’s first inauguration, declared: ‘The God of Islam is not the same God ….   [Islam] is a very evil and wicked religion.’ Pat Robertson, a long time leader of the Religious Right, was equally provocative. ‘This man Muhammad was an absolute wide eyed fanatic… a robber … a brigand …. a killer.’…… Most provocatively, Jerry Falwell, the founder of the Moral Majority and the President of Liberty University called the Prophet Muhammad a ‘terrorist’ on national prime TV. ‘This is not a war between Arabs and Jews. It’s between God and the devil.”’  [p.165]       

    Later the author records: “In a documentary, ‘Undercover mosque’ British film-makes exposed sermon’s preaching bigotry and religious extremism in some of the nation’s mosques. Saudi-trained preachers were filmed condemning British democracy as un-Islamic and praising Taliban for killing British soldiers.” – p. 167.

    In the backdrop of the prevalent hostile scholarship against Islam by the Western world, Uday Bhaskar’s quoted remarks – which registered in my mind as the best part of his article are indeed most pleasing – a literary bouquet of roses – and God bless him for being so sympathetic to the elephant trapped in the ditch, regardless of his religion. As for his remarks about Wahabbism, I think his views are formed by the contemporary international reports and scholarship.    

    Thanks Uday Bhaskar for defending the Muslims and thanks Dr. Huq for defending original Wahhabi ideology. From my side, good bye to both of you.

    By muhammad Yunus - 10/21/2011 7:10:13 AM

  • It is shocking to read the comments of Mr. Uday Bhaskar about Islam and Muslims. How much he knows about Islam to make such comments which are not only out of place but also atrocious. Does he know what do the so called Wahabis practice and more importantly why? Then he has linked the Wahabis with terrorism and illegal funds coming to India.

    First I would like to tell him a little about the Wahabi  movement.

    Some people use this word to refer to the message of Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhaab ibn Sulaymaan al-Tameemi al-Hanbali (may Allaah have mercy on him), and they call him and his followers Wahhaabis. Everyone who has any knowledge of the movement of Shaykh Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Wahhaab (may Allaah have mercy on him) and his message knows that he sought to spread the message of pure Tawheed and to warn against shirk in all its forms, such as attachment to the dead, or to trees and rocks, etc. In his ‘aqeedah (belief), he was following the way of the righteous Salaf and the Taabi’een [i.e., the earliest generations of Islam], as is indicated by his books and fatwas, and the books of his followers among his sons and grandsons and others. All of these books are in print and are in circulation among the people. His message was in accordance with the Book of Allaah and the Sunnah of His Messenger (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him).

    To call it extremist is denying the Qur'an and Sunnah. One who denies these two has no right to claim to be Muslim. I am referring to those 'Muslims' who were in the said Conference or Mahapanchayat and not Mr. Bhaskar. He does not claim to be a Muslim.

    As far as people like Maulana Kachochavi are concerned, their motive is clear. They want their followers to be behind them and provide them with "Nazranaas" (gifts) which runs into millions in some of the Mazaars. What happens to that money? Have they ever told the community about it. There are hundreds of families attached to various Mazaars in differrent places who not only survive but lead lavish life at the cost of Nazranaas given by poor Muslims. They donot work and just extort the illeterate visitors who incidently are mostly non-Muslims. I have seen at several of the Mazaars how people are coerced to pay huge amounts as Nazranaa. In return they are given some ash, sweets, flowers etc. which have no significance as per Islamic teachings. I am sure you may be aware that few years back some Khadims attached to a very important Mazaar were running sex racket for the visitors. How they can claim to be Muslims, I am unable to understand. 

    Further they are maligning the Muslim community in the country by talking about illegal Petro Dollars and all that. If they are aware of such activities, why donot they inform the Deptt. of Revenue Intelligence and get rewarded. They are simply doing disservice to Muslims in the country and providing people who are against Muslims reasons to talk more. 

    I donot want to write more. I suggest that Mr Bhaskar should spare ten minutes and read an article entitled: "Madarsas : How they survive and why these are proliferating?" published in "Freedom First" June 2006 (page 9). If he is unable to find the magazine as it more than two years old issue, I can forward the same.      

    By Dr.M.A. Haque - 10/21/2011 2:33:48 AM

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