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Wahhabi versus Sufi Social Media Debates: The Rift between the Two Ideologies Has Spilled Into the Online Space

 


By Syed Mohammed

July 19 2015

The rift between the two ideologies has spilled into the online space

Cyberspace is fast becoming a popular battleground for Indian Muslims aligned on both sides of the Sufi vs Wahhabi debate. And the online verbal jousting is becoming more acrimonious by the day.

“There are Facebook pag es which belittle leaders of both groups. `Follow the Sahabi, Ignore the Wahhabi' is one such. Further, hundreds of comments on videos of (Salafi televangelist) Zakir Naik or (Sufi scholar) Tahir ul Quadri are downright offensive,“ says social media expert Nabeel Adeni.

Naik and Quadri are star names from the two schools and they both command huge following in the online -and real -world. Quite often their followers declare those who oppose them as `Kaafir', a virtual attempt at excommunication.

In the real world as well, the gulf between Muslims affiliated to the two principal Schools of thought appears to the gulf between Muslims affiliated to the two principal schools of thought appears to be widening. This conflict is not new but it is now more pronounced than ever. The revelations in the recent WikiLeaks documents about Saudi petro dollars being reportedly spent on promoting Wahabi and Salafi streams of Islam in India has driven the wedge even deeper.

Nowhere is the divide more pronounced than Hyderabad where over 35% of the population is Muslim. The city's prominent Muslims are worried by this growing acrimony .Says former member of the AP State Waqf Board, Syed Akbar Nizamuddin Hussaini: “India has always been home to the Sufis whose teachings were love and tolerance. This is how Islam spread here. The hard-line views propagated by the Saudis and their funding poses a threat to the very fabric of Muslim society. “

The Wahhabi stream exhorts Muslims to adopt the more “puritanical“form of Islam while Sufis -also known as Barelvis -maintain that teachings of saints cannot be ignored. The tussle between the two has also manifested in many mosques across the region where both schools have tried to wrest control of administration. “The Masjid-e-Shah Lagan in Purani Haveli and the Masjid-e-Amera in Abids are examples of this struggle, “Hussaini says. There is a reason why administrative control of a mosque is so important for both schools -it gives them the power to influence the nature of the sermons. Hussaini says that it is easier to wield influence in existing mosques than to construct new ones for laths of rupees and begin the process of `proselytising'. “No Barelvi mosque has taken over Wahhabi or Salafi mosques,“ he claims.

This sectarian tussle is also apparent in cultural and social changes among the city's Muslims. The Arabic `Ramadan' and ` Allah Hafiz' are increasingly replacing the more Urdu Persian `Ramzan' and `Khuda Hafiz'. This is being resisted by those who believe that the Indian Muslim's cultural roots are more Persian than Arabic.

Defenders of Wahhabism in India say that it does not teach violence or intolerance and is largely misinterpreted. It is also a victim of the Western narrative of Islam, they add. Those in the know say that if those in the know say that it is hard to calculate how much money has been pumped into India by the Saudi government to push Wahhabism. WikiLeaks has reportedly revealed that Saudi Arabia's costliest sectarian projects are in India (an Islamic association here, it is said, has reportedly got $1 million).

But community leaders argue that the most prevalent form of Wahhabism in India has been brought by Indian expatriates working in Saudi. This is a benign form of the ideology, they say . “The funding of mosques and madrasas seems to have drastically fallen. The focus is on education and healthcare. However, the Indian diaspora is influenced by the Wahhabi school of thought. Their understanding of it is a simple rejection of intercession of human beings between man and God. It has little to do with rigidity, “ says Syed Abdul Qadeer, an Indian expat who has been living in Jeddah for the last 28 years.

There are, of course, those who are unhappy with these public arguments. Highly placed sources said that the Sufis have approached representatives of Western governments with the Wahhabi problem. But this hasn't gone down well with many. Says a source from the Jamat-e-Islami Hind: “The Indian Muslim is capable of dealing with his own problems, there is no need to take them to others.“

Source: http://epaperbeta.timesofindia.com/Article.aspx?eid=31808&articlexml=Wahabi-versus-Sufi-social-media-debates-19072015016049

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islam-and-the-media/syed-mohammed/wahhabi-versus-sufi-social-media-debates--the-rift-between-the-two-ideologies-has-spilled-into-the-online-space/d/103958

 




TOTAL COMMENTS:-   17


  • Ghulam Ghaus saheb
    you can make Islam peaceful only through covering the writings of four imams and mujaddids.
     

    By rational - 7/25/2015 7:58:02 PM



  • Having been banned, some extremist Wahhabis have started hatching conspiracies against Sufi-minded Muslims. 
    Sufi-minded Muslims must beware of such Wahhabis who want to implement the proverb "Hum to Sanam dube tumhe bhi le dubenge" 

    By Ghulam Ghaus غلام غوث - 7/23/2015 6:01:07 AM



  • The wahabi /Salafi are misguiding and causing frictions in communities, here in Uk. while teachings of sufisim is creating peace and harmony amonst the communities.
    By M. Hussain - 7/21/2015 12:01:16 PM



  • Mubashir,

    You may find the following article interesting. 


    By Nasser Ahmed - 7/21/2015 8:28:59 AM



  • Funnily enough in one video Zakir Naik prefers to call himself a Muslim alone although leaning towards Salat/Ahle hadith. Finishes off by saying even Salafis are further divided in sub sects !!

    Badalta hai rang "yeh jahaan" kaise kase !!

    By Mubashir - 7/21/2015 7:01:18 AM



  • GRD,

    Will you either abstain from commenting on what I have said or limit yourself to what I have said?


    By Naseer Ahmed - 7/21/2015 5:40:10 AM



  • Dear Naseer Ahmad sb, Again and again, you are getting far away from discussing and uprooting the apple of discord. Whether how much sectarian hatred and acrimony is ppronounced in Hydrabad does not and should not intrest any sincere person engaged in eradicating sectarian tentacles. What disappoints us is the onslaught of Wahhabi sectarianism on the inclusive, pluralistic and peace-loving Muslim polity of India, be it in Hyderabad or anywhere else.
    By GRD - 7/21/2015 5:30:33 AM



  • Dear Naseer Ahmad sb, Again and again, you are getting far away from discussing and uprooting the apple of discord. Whether how much sectarian hatred and acrimony is ppronounced in Hydrabad does not and should not intrest any sincere person engaged in eradicating sectarian tentacles. What disappoints us is the onslaught of Wahhabi sectarianism on the inclusive, pluralistic and peace-loving Muslim polity of India, be it in Hyderabad or anywhere else.
    By GRD - 7/21/2015 5:30:09 AM



  • GRD,

    The two jokers:

    1. The Pakistani politician and scholar Tahir ul Quadri and
    2. Zakir Naik the televangelist 

    may be of interest to you but not to me.

    This is a puerile article. There is nothing unusual about nasty comments in the social media about any public figure. How does this juvenile journalist relate the silly wars of the followers of two jokers to say: "Nowhere is the divide more pronounced than Hyderabad where over 35% of the population is Muslim." ?

    Hyderabad has a sizeable population of every sect - the second largest concentration of Shias after Lucknow, Ahmediyas, Mahdavis, Pathans, Arabs, Africans, Shafai, Hanafi etc with an enviable history of sectarian harmony over the last 400 years. 


    By Naseer Ahmed - 7/21/2015 1:53:37 AM



  • Naseer Sb, 
    It's been ur sectarian identity since the time u appeared on this forum that u disgress from the hitting point when it comes to Wahhabi sectarianism.
    You said not a single word on the heart of the matter. 
    Just tell me why the Indian govt. banned Peace TV?
    Why the our govt. banned Tablighi Jamat from receiving foreign recruits and funds?

    Why the governments of Egypt, Chechnya, Kyrgyzstan and Malaysia banned Wahhabi/Salafi literature?

    Is it all an outcome of my writings on this forum?

    Nay, it's a direct result of the mainstream Muslims coming out in considerable number and speaking against the Wahhabi barbarism.

    Zabaan e Khlaq ko Naqqara e Khuda Samjho!

    By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi - 7/21/2015 1:14:38 AM



  • GRD,

    What do you know about Hyderabad? Can you cite a single instance of sectarian strife in the 400 years history of Hyderabad? 

    How is your graveyard grabbing, mosque capturing plan progressing in Delhi?

    By Naseer Ahmed - 7/20/2015 1:39:01 PM



  • One more blow on Wahhabi sectarianism. I came to learn thaf Wahhabi-Ahle Hadeesi televangelist Zakir Naik's Peace TV has been banned in India. 
    It would be timely to remind the readers of the mainstream Indian Muslim's irk at this extremist oreacher:

    [7/20, 11:26 PM] Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi: Wahhabi, Ahl-e-Hadeesi Televangelist Zakir Naik Faces Mainstream Muslim Ire at Delhi's India Islamic Centre


    http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-society/wahhabi,-ahl-e-hadeesi-televangelist-zakir-naik-faces-mainstream-muslim-ire-at-delhi-s-india-islamic-centre/d/101108
    [7/20, 11:26 PM] Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi: SUVOI President exposed that Zakir Naik’s Peace TV is one of the illegally broadcasted foreign channels in India. He added saying: “Answering an unstarred question (No. 1819 on 4/12/2102) in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting stated that “The content of this channel (Peace TV) is not conducive to the security environment in the country and poses a potential security hazard”.

    By GRD - 7/20/2015 1:03:28 PM



  • Zabaan e Khlaq ko Naqqara e Khuda Samjho!
    By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi - 7/20/2015 11:40:34 AM



  • Come on Naseer sb. Please Don't ignore the facts that even the social media users have proved. There is intense sectarian acrimony created by the Wahhabi-Salafi sectarians like the Televangelist Zakir Naik. Read Sadia Dehlvi's article posted on this forum with an open mind.
    By GRD - 7/20/2015 11:36:30 AM



  • Social media should be used to mount a war against takfirism and sectarianism. Social media should also be used to condemn Saudi/Iranian hostility and to promote Shia/Sunni amity. 

     


    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/20/2015 11:30:37 AM



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