shattering of peace
Sunday seemed to be another peaceful day in Sri Lanka. Then suddenly there was
pandemonium as five bombs exploded and a carefully-planned ISIS-oriented bombing
resulted in nearly 300 lives being lost to the deadly bombs with scores of
people injured. The ISIS had struck in Sri Lanka this time.
were suicide bombers and of Sri Lankan ethnicity. In a matter of hours, the
authorities identified the killers as Sri Lankan Muslims belonging to the
National Thawheed Jamaat. Suddenly the Sri Lankan Muslims who were hitherto a
very peaceful people were now looked upon as merciless killers. Every Muslim
was now a suspect and was fearful of communal backlash and riots. A very scary
time for them as the majority community looked at them with suspicion and
How did the
Muslims who were a peaceful people get entangled in this mess? They were less
than 10% of the population and could be victimised and targeted so very easily.
The mobs were screaming for blood. The Government imposed a curfew to contain
the situation. It was however a Christian Cardinal who addressed the nation on
mainstream media who saved the day and brought about, at least a temporary stop
to the mobs running riot. It was his flock that had paid the price. The dead
were mostly Christians and foreigners.
of the Muslim politicians or even the President or the Prime Minister or the
Cabinet Ministers were able to appease the mobs so that they wouldn’t attack
and loot the Muslims. This was however successfully accomplished by the
Cardinal with his clever approach.
take time for the people and mainly the majority race to find out that these
killers were not Muslims who followed Islam, but a group known as the Wahhabis
or Salafis with their peculiar brand of interpreting Islam. In this article I
shall try to show that the Muslims have nothing to do with Wahhabism, that
Wahhabism is not Islam. Islam is against and has always been against Wahhabism.
Islam is a
tolerant religion and Wahhabism seeks to terrorise. Islam does not compel
others to embrace it. Wahhabism destroys all those opposed to it. Islam seeks
to live a good life and Wahhabism seeks to restrict it. Islam respects other
religions while the Wahhabis seek the destruction of all ideologies other than
theirs. Islam seeks beauty and culture, but the Wahhabis want to destroy all
culture, art and civilisation. I can go on and on about the difference in
ideologies but suffice it shall be for now.
encourages all faiths to intermingle and integrate among themselves. Islam
teaches respect and love between all communities and religions. Islam
encourages peace and advancement. Wahhabism is just the opposite of this. The Wahhabis
do not tolerate anyone belonging to another faith and treat them like enemies.
in writing this article is to be able to differentiate between Islam and
Wahhabism and to deal with each as they deserve. Let’s start with the very
roots and see how far this cancer has eaten into society. Wahhabism is trying
to pervert Islam to bring disrepute to it. They want Islam to be hated and made
into a terrorist belief so that their political agendas are met. Let’s trace
their beginnings and look into their beliefs and ideology in order to
understand their motives and plan.
– The roots of present-day Wahhabism
began with Ibn Taymiyyah. The Wahhabis get their ideology from him. They refer
to Ibn Taymiyyah as Sheikh Ul Islam. His full name was Ahmad Ibn Abdul Halim
Ibn Abdul Salam Ibn Taymiyyah, he was born in 1263 in Harran, Turkey about 600
years after the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Sal). He died in 1328, aged 65 in
Damascus, Syria. This was during the beginning of the Ottoman Empire, which
reached great heights due to Islam, as it carried the banner of Islam during
this time and which was officially established in 1299. Eturgul and his son
Othman, the founders of the Ottoman Empire, lived during his time.
Taymiyyah was a person who liked to be different and was known for his peculiar
and alien beliefs. He was disliked by the mainstream scholars of his time for
trying to forge a new ideology that was opposed to the accepted views on Islam,
well founded by a rich heritage of Scholars.
We are told
that all the Sunni Scholars (the two main divisions in Islam were the Sunnis
and Shiites) of that time signed a document that he was preaching harmful and
destructive practices and requested that he be put to death. He was accused of
spoiling the faith of the Muslims of the time and corrupting Islam. All the
Four Schools (Hanafi, Shafi, Maliki and Hanbali Schools of Jurisprudence) of
Thought at that time opposed him.
the death sentence was not carried out by the Governor of Damascus, Ibn
Taymiyyah was jailed for life. He miserably failed to establish his destructive
and hate ridden School of Thought and it failed in totality. It was observed
that this man was a fanatic and his teachings included intolerance and violence
and many were the books written by scholars from both Damascus and Egypt
refuting these teachings of his. Thankfully it died a natural death during his
advantage of the teachings of a fanatic
Ibn al Abdul Wahhab was born In Najd in Arabia and now Saudi Arabia in the year
1703, which was about 375 years after the death of Ibn Taymiyyah. He was the
one who succeeded in bringing Ibn Taymiyyah’s teachings to the fore and was
highly successful in most of the Arab countries, particularly in Saudi Arabia.
the average Wahhabi was trying to say that these teachings were Islam, the name
Wahhabism stuck and is still used on those who follow these teachings much to
the chagrin of the Wahhabis. There are hardly many differences between what is
known as Wahhabi and Salafi. The enemies of Wahhabism used this term in a
derogatory sense. So, the Wahhabis coined another name for themselves and
called themselves Salafis. The British and Ibn Saud both needed Wahhabism to
fulfil their political agendas. Let us shed some light on this.
Empire had reached great heights, the Europeans were fighting the Ottoman
Empire. The Crusades had happened, and Europe was wary of the Muslims. It was
in short, a Christian and Muslim war for supremacy. The British Empire wanted
to weaken and destroy the Ottoman Empire, they were always looking for ways and
means to divide the Muslims so that they could achieve victory over them. It
was during these times that the British made a plan to send in many spies to
Turkey, the home of the Ottoman Empire. They planned a strategy to find out the
weakest spot in the Ottoman Empire. They sent their spies in.
my source is from one of the spies who made a confession by the name of
Hempher. In his Confessions of a British Spy, he detailed that the British
planned to gather information and use this information to destroy the Ottoman
Empire. The spies found that each Muslim was equal in faith, to one of the
Christian priests and that Islam was deeply lodged in their hearts and that
their faith was very strong. The spies also reported, to weaken the faith of
these Muslims; it would be necessary to plan out a strategy that would destroy
Islam from within. With this purpose in mind the spies worked tirelessly to
find a way to divide the Muslims. This spy, who I have mentioned above had the
good fortune to meet with Muhammad ibn al Abdul Wahhab. In his estimation this
scholar was all that they had been looking for.
Wahhab was a person with a rude disposition and did not have any respect for
his peers or for the past scholars who were the Shining Stars of Islam. He
looked down on Imam Abu Hanifa, (one of the Imams of the four Islamic Schools
of Thought) and the other great Imams of the Islamic Schools of Thought. He was
always trying to find fault with them and show that he was superior in
intellect to these great religious personalities. He was greedy and was very
ambitious. Hempher understood that he appeared to be the ideal tool with which
he could contaminate Islam and to this end he began to work relentlessly.
he had befriended Abdul Wahhab and won his confidence. He begun to lay his
trap. He even used two women named Saffiya and Asiya to have sexual
relationships with Abdul Wahhab on a temporary marriage basis, which was anyway
against Islam. From outside Hempher worked on him and from inside, from the
bedrooms, the ladies got at him. The two ladies mentioned here according to
Hempher were also funded by the espionage ring.
they could see Abdul Wahhab walking into their trap. Because of his nature,
Abdul Wahhab was attracted to fanaticism, intolerance and violence. This was
the way of Ibn Taymiyyah as explained above. So, he made use of the teachings
of Ibn Taymiyyah to corrupt the teachings of Islam. He did this in a systematic
and forceful manner and created an ideology which was to later be called by the
name of ‘Wahhabism’. I would like to give the reference to the book below so
that the readers may have access to the details of the British plan. The pdf is
available to be downloaded free of charge below:
time there was a person called Abdul-Aziz Ibn Abdur-Rahman Ibn Muhammad Al
Saud. He was ambitious and was looking for a way to establish his power in
Arabia. The British helped him with the most sophisticated arms at that time to
win over and conquer the others and to form a Kingdom. They introduced into
these regions, the Wahhabi ideology, now propounded by Abdul Wahhab, which they
embraced as it also suited their purpose.
To rule in
Arabia, and particularly to have the rights over Mecca and Medina, the two most
holy places of Islam, it was necessary that the rulers be of the family of The
Prophet (Sal) or the Hashemites (those who belong to the tribe of the Prophet
known as the tribe of Banu Hashim). Ibn Saud did not fall into this category,
so he had to change the ways of the thinking of the populous, so that his rule
could be legitimised. Wahhabism gave them that opening.
Prophet’s (Sal) family was not supposed to be specially respected in accordance
with the Wahhabi teachings, as also the earlier Scholars and Saints too were
not respected by Wahhabism. Wahhabism believed that personalities in Islam
should not be looked up to and only Allah alone should be worshipped. So, this
creed suited Ibn Saud to establish his Kingdom. The British got Ibn Saud and
Abdul Wahhab into an alliance with each other, where the political backing
would be given to Wahhabism by Ibn Saud and Wahhabism would be the official
religion of Ibn Saud’s Kingdom, thereby serving both their purposes.
World Encyclopaedia summarises the Ibn Saud connection in the following words
which gives us a greater insight into the Wahhabi conquest, expansion and rule
Ibn Abdul Wahhab sought refuge in the village of Dariyah. This district was
ruled by the rebel Muhammad ibn Saud and his family, Al Saud, which was
responsible for organised banditry within Najd. The family ruled Dariyah
according to its own whims and the village was a place of lawlessness when
Abdul Wahhab settled there. In 1747, he made a power-sharing agreement with the
family; Abdul Wahhab would become Dariyah’s religious authority, while the Al
Saud family would be responsible for the village’s political leadership.
Saud family also benefited from the pact, as the Wahhabi movement and its
extreme religious fervor helped to legitimise their rule. The fusion of
religious and political control would come to represent the modern Saudi
Arabia, as well as mark the break between the Islam of the past, in which
traditional Muslim scholars focused on inward contemplation as opposed to
focusing on gaining global and political power.
new power arrangement in place, Abdul Wahhab and his followers urged a ‘jihad,’
or ‘The Struggle’ to promote the faith, against other Muslims, and thus, the
Wahhabis began a blood-soaked campaign for expansion and domination.
Wahhab’s views were opposed to the mainstream Muslim scholars of Mecca and
Medina of that time. For example, he called intermediation of Muhammad (Sal) an
act of polytheism. Ibn Abdul Wahhab went so far as to declare jihad against
Muslims who practised so-called acts of polytheism. By 1788, the Wahhab- Saud
alliance controlled most of the Arabian Peninsula.
the Wahhabis began a campaign to gain control over the two holy cities of
Islam. They raided Mecca and Medina and stole holy books, works of art, and
other gifts the city had accumulated over the last thousand years. While they
controlled the Two Holy Places, they imposed Wahhabism upon the populace,
destroyed shrines and cemeteries, closed off the entrances to the holy city, to
Ottoman pilgrims, barred pilgrims from performing Hajj and murdered respected
citizens in both holy cities.
the 1820s to the 1860s, the Wahhabis launched attacks upon the Ottoman Empire,
urged on by Great Britain, which was eager to see the collapse of the Turkish
Empire and the distribution of its overseas possessions.
Wahhabis’ power grew and shrank by turns throughout the century, until in 1901,
the latest representative of the Al Saud and Wahhabi alliance decided to try
and re-seize control over the two holy cities, Mecca and Medina. Ibn Saud
journeyed to Riyadh, where he murdered the city’s ruler and took over control
of the country. Over the next twenty-five years, he went on to unify the
Arabian Peninsula through force. Wahhabism was the only official faith
sanctioned in the state that would come to be formed there. To this day, no
other religious establishment is allowed in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”
dollars that helped spread Wahhabism to the world
this alliance was made, and both continued successfully and captured various
parts of Arabia, and destroyed culture and important shrines of Saints, Sahabas
(Companions of Prophet Muhammad, Sal) and even of Prophets, Wahhabism still
lacked global acceptance. History records the blood thirsty deeds of the
Wahhabis during this time, with many massacres and gruesome deeds accomplished
by them and the cruelty perpetrated on the innocent Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
sufficient to get Wahhabism on the map. Even Mecca and Medina were ransacked
and thousands were killed. The Wahhabis took over the two most holy places of
Islam. They thus became the custodians of Islam in the eyes of the world. But
still Wahhabism as such was not spread till after the Arabs became super rich
due to the discovery of oil. Once the petro dollars came in, they had all the
wealth in the world to propagate this, harsh, cruel and intolerant ideology of
Wahhabism to the world, under the guise of propagating true Islam.
world countries were especially targeted and large sums of money was spent in
spreading Wahhabism to these lands. In 1970 and the period after, the Wahhabis
gained a lot of ground by bribing poor countries and using influential
individuals in those countries to establish their brand of Islam in the world.
or religious schools were funded in these countries where a lot of money was
pumped in to educate the children of many countries to Wahhabi doctrines and
brainwash their minds into thinking that this was true Islam. Free Wahhabi
doctrine books were freely distributed which then slowly became the syllabus of
Islamic education in these countries.
terrorism and ISIS oriented attacks are a direct result of these teachings and
they have nothing to do whatsoever with Islam. Many Muslims were taken in by
these teachings and began to think that Islam was what Wahhabism taught. Even
the world at large failed to understand that Islam was not Wahhabism, the
Wahhabis relentlessly pursued their goal of corrupting and perverting Islam by
making it change into the interpretation of Islam, given by Abdul Wahhab and
This is the
sad story of how a most peaceful and tolerant Islam was changed to becoming
known as a highly intolerant and cruel religion. Bombs begun exploding all over
the world and thousands died. Suicide bombers carried out these attacks and the
blame was put on the Muslims and on Islam. Islam being the peaceful religion it
was, became known as terrorism and all the while it was Wahhabism that was
being projected and implemented and not Islam, the Religion of Peace.
reached to such alarming proportions that people are fearful of being in the
presence of a Muslim as they associate Muslims to be violent terrorists waiting
to ignite explosives and bombs. This has caused fear which is now known and
called as Islamophobia.
era of Islamic civilisation and dark doctrine of Wahhabism compared
below a few thoughts about the Islamic world given in an article entitled ‘The
Islamic world in the middle ages’
the Middle Ages, the Muslim world was more advanced and more civilised than
Christian Western Europe, which learned a huge amount from its neighbour.
‘Islamic world’ was not a single state in the Middle Ages, but the different
countries which formed it, had many things in common.
is hidden from the world today and only very few know about the great Islamic
civilisation that was known as the Golden Era.
created by the Arab conquests of the 7th and 8th centuries. From the 11th to
the 16th centuries many thousands of Turks and Mongols migrated across the vast
plains of Central Asia into the Middle East. They also adopted Islam. It
stretched from India to Spain. Muslim traders travelled to places as far apart
as the Sahara, South Africa, China, Scandinavia and Russia. Muslims traded
high-quality goods such as silk, carpets, ivory and spices.
of science and medicine in the Islamic world was far more sophisticated than in
Western Europe. Cordoba in Muslim Spain was a city of over half a million
inhabitants with street lighting and running water. At the same time 10,000
Londoners lived in timber-framed houses and used the river as their sewer.
were going to beauty parlours, using deodorants and drinking from glasses, at a
time when English books of behaviour were still telling pageboys not to pick
their noses over their food, spit on the table or throw uneaten food onto the
quoted above is a short synopsis of how glorious the Islamic world was before
the advent of Wahhabism. Many have been the books written on the Golden Era of
Islamic civilisation and subsequent Islamic History, extolling the greatness
and glory of Islam and its tolerance of other faiths. The world respected the
Muslims and its culture.
glorious period resulted in cultural monuments and architecture reaching to
great heights. The romance of the Taj Mahal, the fascinating Arabian Nights,
the wonder of Topkapi, and the Great Mosque Architectural Constructions in
Cordoba, to mention just a few, all bear witness to this magnificent
today, Wahhabism has cast a shadow of death, mayhem, mass murder, torture,
cruelty, genocide, and terrorism over the world. Suicide bombers with no mercy
in their hearts have been let loose to go on a rampage, killing the innocents.
The world is being terrorised and held to ransom.
Wahhabis vow that only they shall rule according to their ideology and the rest
have to be killed or subjugated. They believe that they should kill the
Christians, the Jews, all Non-Muslims like the Hindus and the Buddhists and
even other Muslims who do not subscribe to their horrendous beliefs. This is
not Islam, or will it ever be Islam. Islam means peace, the very opposite of
this. Islam is identified with terrorism today. This is not Islam. Islam has
ceased to be Islam and Wahhabism has replaced it.
Source: Daily FT