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Wahhabism Is Not Islam and Islam Is Not Wahhabism: Islam Is and Has Always Been Against Wahhabism - Part I

By Imtiaz Thaha

26 June 2019

The shattering of peace

Easter 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.

The killers 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 hatred.

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.

Sadly, none 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.

It would 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.

Islam 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.

My purpose 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 fanatic – The roots of present-day Wahhabism 

It all 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.

Ibn 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.

Although 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 time.

Taking advantage of the teachings of a fanatic 

Muhammad 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.

Although 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.

The British factor 

The Ottoman 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.

Ironically, 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.

Abdul 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.

Very soon 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.

Slowly, 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:

The Ibn Saud connection

During this 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.

The 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.

The New World Encyclopaedia summarises the Ibn Saud connection in the following words which gives us a greater insight into the Wahhabi conquest, expansion and rule in Arabia:

“In 1744, 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.

“The Al 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.

“With this 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.

“Ibn Abdul 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.

“In 1801, 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.

“Through 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.

“The 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.”

Petro dollars that helped spread Wahhabism to the world 

Even though 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.

This wasn’t 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.

The third 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.

Madrassas 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.

Today 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 Ibn Taymiyyah.

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.

This has 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.

Glorious era of Islamic civilisation and dark doctrine of Wahhabism compared 

I give below a few thoughts about the Islamic world given in an article entitled ‘The Islamic world in the middle ages’ (https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/guides/zx9xsbk/revision/1):

“Throughout the Middle Ages, the Muslim world was more advanced and more civilised than Christian Western Europe, which learned a huge amount from its neighbour.

“The ‘Islamic world’ was not a single state in the Middle Ages, but the different countries which formed it, had many things in common.

“This fact is hidden from the world today and only very few know about the great Islamic civilisation that was known as the Golden Era.

“It was 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.

“Knowledge 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.

“Muslims 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 floor.”

The extract 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.

This 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 civilisation.

In contrast 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.

The 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

URL: http://www.newageislam.com/islamic-ideology/imtiaz-thaha/wahhabism-is-not-islam-and-islam-is-not-wahhabism--islam-is-and-has-always-been-against-wahhabism---part-i/d/119141



  • Quran demands His followers to put their trust in Allah:
    Chapter 16 The Bee سورة النحل - An-Nahl: Verse 99
    إِنَّهُ لَيْسَ لَهُ سُلْطَانٌ عَلَى الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَلَىٰ رَبِّهِمْ يَتَوَكَّلُونَ
    No authority has he over those who believe and put their trust in their Lord.
    Chapter 27 THE ANT سورة النمل - An-Naml: Verse 79
    فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۖ إِنَّكَ عَلَى الْحَقِّ الْمُبِينِ
    So put thy trust in Allah: for thou art on (the path of) manifest Truth.
    Chapter 33 The Coalition سورة الأحزاب - Al-Ahzab: Verse 3
    وَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۚ وَكَفَىٰ بِاللَّهِ وَكِيلًا
    And put thy trust in Allah, and enough is Allah as a disposer of affairs.
    Chapter 3 The family of Imran سورة آل عمران - Aal-e-Imran: Verse 159
    فَبِمَا رَحْمَةٍ مِنَ اللَّهِ لِنْتَ لَهُمْ ۖ وَلَوْ كُنْتَ فَظًّا غَلِيظَ الْقَلْبِ لَانْفَضُّوا مِنْ حَوْلِكَ ۖ فَاعْفُ عَنْهُمْ وَاسْتَغْفِرْ لَهُمْ وَشَاوِرْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْرِ ۖ فَإِذَا عَزَمْتَ فَتَوَكَّلْ عَلَى اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يُحِبُّ الْمُتَوَكِّلِينَ
    It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: so pass over (Their faults), and ask for (Allah's) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs (of moment). Then, when thou hast Taken a decision put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).
    Quran always stresses the word, believe, since it demands its followers to put their trust in Allah'
    By zuma - 7/14/2019 11:27:07 PM

  • As Hindu still worships God, the Creator, it is erroneous to comment all people do not believe in God if they worship idols.
    By zuma - 7/13/2019 3:21:31 PM

  • Does Hindu worship God?
    The following is the extract from the website, https://www.
    The phrase, Hindus worship one Supreme Being called Brahman though by different names..one God in their own distinct way, implies Hindu worships God too.
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    From the extracts above, it is obvious that Hindu worship God, the Creator, and yet they name him as Brahman.
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    By zuma - 7/13/2019 3:04:59 PM

  • What an idiotic rant from Hats Off! He has found a nice home in  NAI to post his RSS inspired hate messages against monotheism!

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/13/2019 1:56:15 PM

  • idolaters worship at least idols. but the maniacal monotheists of the scorched middle east worship nothing at all. they cannot conceive of any deity and want others to share the same sickness.

    allah is formless, this-less, that-less and what not else. obsessive compulsive monotheists are independent of logic. and none the worse for it.

    By hats off! - 7/13/2019 6:08:33 AM

  • Who is an idolater?  Does Quran define it?
    Chapter 2 The Cow سورة البقرة - Al-Baqara: Verse 221
    وَلَا تَنْكِحُوا الْمُشْرِكَاتِ حَتَّىٰ يُؤْمِنَّ ۚ وَلَأَمَةٌ مُؤْمِنَةٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ مُشْرِكَةٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَتْكُمْ ۗ وَلَا تُنْكِحُوا الْمُشْرِكِينَ حَتَّىٰ يُؤْمِنُوا ۚ وَلَعَبْدٌ مُؤْمِنٌ خَيْرٌ مِنْ مُشْرِكٍ وَلَوْ أَعْجَبَكُمْ ۗ أُولَٰئِكَ يَدْعُونَ إِلَى النَّارِ ۖ وَاللَّهُ يَدْعُو إِلَى الْجَنَّةِ وَالْمَغْفِرَةِ بِإِذْنِهِ ۖ وَيُبَيِّنُ آيَاتِهِ لِلنَّاسِ لَعَلَّهُمْ يَتَذَكَّرُونَ
    Do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters), until they believe: A slave woman who believes is better than an unbelieving woman, even though she allures you. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe: A man slave who believes is better than an unbeliever, even though he allures you. Unbelievers do (but) beckon you to the Fire. But Allah beckons by His Grace to the Garden (of bliss) and forgiveness, and makes His Signs clear to mankind: That they may celebrate His praise.
    The phrase, Do not marry unbelieving women (idolaters).. Nor marry (your girls) to unbelievers until they believe, as mentioned in Quran 2:221 certainly equates unbelieving with idolatry.  As Quran condemns those who do not believe in Allah and refer to them to idolatry, the word, polytheists, in Quran should refer to those who do not believe in Allah yet worship more than an idol.
    Al-'Ankabut (The Spider) 29:17
    Basit -   Hussari -   Minshawi -
    إِنَّمَا تَعْبُدُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ أَوْثَانًا وَتَخْلُقُونَ إِفْكًا إِنَّ الَّذِينَ تَعْبُدُونَ مِن دُونِ اللَّهِ لَا يَمْلِكُونَ لَكُمْ رِزْقًا فَابْتَغُوا عِندَ اللَّهِ الرِّزْقَ وَاعْبُدُوهُ وَاشْكُرُوا لَهُ إِلَيْهِ تُرْجَعُونَ
    29:17 You worship only [lifeless] idols instead of God, and [thus] you give visible shape to a lie! [13] Behold, those [things and beings] that you worship instead of God have it not in their power to provide sustenance for you: seek, then, all [your] sustenance from God, and worship Him [alone] and be grateful to Him: [for] unto Him you shall be brought back!
    Innama taAAbudoona min dooni Allahi awthanan watakhluqoona ifkan inna allatheena taAAbudoona min dooni Allahi la yamlikoona lakum rizqan faibtaghoo AAinda Allahi alrrizqa waoAAbudoohu waoshkuroo lahu ilayhi turjaAAoona
    The phrase, You worship..instead of God, in Qurasn 29:17 implies these people do not worship God and that causes God to have hatred on them.  The phrase, You worship only [lifeless] idols, in Quran 29:17 condemns these people who do not believe in God while worshipping idols.  As these people worship only idols instead of God, they are certainly those who do not believe in Allah in which him is against them. 
    Al-An'am (The Cattle) 6:158
    Basit -   Hussari -   Minshawi -
    هَلْ يَنظُرُونَ إِلاَّ أَن تَأْتِيهُمُ الْمَلآئِكَةُ أَوْ يَأْتِيَ رَبُّكَ أَوْ يَأْتِيَ بَعْضُ آيَاتِ رَبِّكَ يَوْمَ يَأْتِي بَعْضُ آيَاتِ رَبِّكَ لاَ يَنفَعُ نَفْسًا إِيمَانُهَا لَمْ تَكُنْ آمَنَتْ مِن قَبْلُ أَوْ كَسَبَتْ فِي إِيمَانِهَا خَيْرًا قُلِ انتَظِرُواْ إِنَّا مُنتَظِرُونَ
    6:158 Do they, perchance, wait for the angels to appear unto them, or for thy Sustainer [Himself] to appear, or for some of thy Sustainer's [final] portents to appear? [159] [But] on the Day when thy Sustainer's [final] portents do appear, believing will be of no avail to any human being who did not believe before, or who, while believing, did no good works. [160] Say: "Wait, [then, for the Last Day, O unbelievers:] behold, we [believers] are waiting, too!"
    Hal yanthuroona illa an tatiyahumu almalaikatu aw yatiya rabbuka aw yatiya baAAdu ayati rabbika yawma yatee baAAdu ayati rabbika la yanfaAAu nafsan eemanuha lam takun amanat min qablu aw kasabat fee eemaniha khayran quli intathiroo inna muntathiroona
    The phrase, believing will be of no avail to any human being who do not believe..or did not good work, as mentioned in Quran 6:158 condemns those who do not believe in Allah or those who believe yet not follow with good works to be of no avail to him.  As the extracts Quranic verses stress the significance whether people do believe in Allah and do good works, he gives blessing to those who believing in him and do good works to the entry to paradise as mentioned in Quran 2:62.
    Should Muslims commit crime as evil doers, i.e. killing innocent people and etc.?
    Al-A'raf (The Heights) 7:41
    Basit -   Hussari -   Minshawi -
    لَهُم مِّن جَهَنَّمَ مِهَادٌ وَمِن فَوْقِهِمْ غَوَاشٍ وَكَذَلِكَ نَجْزِي الظَّالِمِينَ
    7:41 Hell will be their resting-place and their covering as well: [33] for thus do We requite the evildoers.
    Lahum min jahannama mihadun wamin fawqihim ghawashin wakathalika najzee alththalimeena
    If God do not judge good Muslims and bad Muslims and permit bad Muslims to paradise, why should Quran 8:37 mentions God will separate the good and the bad and cast the bad into hell.  The following is the extract:
    Al-Anfal (The Spoils of War) 8:37
    Basit -   Hussari -   Minshawi -
    لِيَمِيزَ اللّهُ الْخَبِيثَ مِنَ الطَّيِّبِ وَيَجْعَلَ الْخَبِيثَ بَعْضَهُ عَلَىَ بَعْضٍ فَيَرْكُمَهُ جَمِيعاً فَيَجْعَلَهُ فِي جَهَنَّمَ أُوْلَـئِكَ هُمُ الْخَاسِرُونَ
    8:37 so that God might separate the bad from the good, and join the bad with one another, and link them all together [within His condemnation], and then place them in hell. They, they are the lost!
    Liyameeza Allahu alkhabeetha mina alttayyibi wayajAAala alkhabeetha baAAdahu AAala baAAdin fayarkumahu jameeAAan fayajAAalahu fee jahannama olaika humu alkhasiroona
    If Quran permits those who believe to commit sin, why should Quran 9:35 condemn them to hell?
    At-Tauba (The Repentance) 9:35
    Basit -   Hussari -   Minshawi -
    يَوْمَ يُحْمَى عَلَيْهَا فِي نَارِ جَهَنَّمَ فَتُكْوَى بِهَا جِبَاهُهُمْ وَجُنوبُهُمْ وَظُهُورُهُمْ هَـذَا مَا كَنَزْتُمْ لأَنفُسِكُمْ فَذُوقُواْ مَا كُنتُمْ تَكْنِزُونَ
    9:35 on the Day when that [hoarded wealth] shall be heated in the fire of hell and their foreheads and their sides and their backs branded therewith [52] , [those sinners shall be told:] "These are the treasures which you have laid up for yourselves! Taste, then, [the evil of] your hoarded treasures!"
    Yawma yuhma AAalayha fee nari jahannama fatukwa biha jibahuhum wajunoobuhum wathuhooruhum hatha ma kanaztum lianfusikum fathooqoo ma kuntum taknizoona
    From the above extracts, it is obvious that Allah does not mention whether they must be from Islam in order that he would place them in paradise, but he is more concerned whether people do people in him and do righteous deeds and avoid in sinning.  As long as they believe in Allah and do righteous deeds, Allah will accept them and does not mind whether they involve in any religion and that causes to accept Christians, Sabians and Jews to Paradise, even though they are not Muslims. 
    By zuma - 7/12/2019 3:34:24 PM

  • Hats Off's continues to demand his Shylockian pound of flesh! He seems unable to comprehend that  any belief system can morph  into extremist forms and trying to foist such an extremist version on a whole community is sheer stupidity.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/12/2019 12:24:40 PM

  • As Quran is the word of Allah, no other words that oppose Quran should be accepted, unless Muslims should reject Quran.
    By zuma - 7/12/2019 9:44:36 AM

  • Quran should be used as a guide for truth instead of statistics.  The message has been falsified by Muhammad ibn Abdal-Wahhab initially and his teaching has influenced much people to come to the false thought of believers.  Certainly!  The statistics that you have gathered would not be reliable since you have gathered the false thoughts from most people that have been influenced by Muhammad ibn Abdal-Wahhab.
    Is statistics the word of Allah or Quran?  If statistics is the word of Allah, then Muslims should accept it.  If Quran is the word of Allah, then those words that oppose Quran should be rejected.

    By zuma - 7/12/2019 9:42:34 AM

  • this article proves the shortsightedness of "moderate" people - at least those who do not lie outright.
    if it is not islam is it shamanism? paganism? idolatry? polytheism? rastafarianism? what IS it? was wahhab a hindu, jew, christian, pagan or what? what was he?
    wahhab was born to muslim parents, lived his life a muslim and died a muslim. but it seems this overwhelming reality does not protect him from the takfirism by the "moderate" sheeple (senseless and misguided and dishonest most of the times).
    so, in what way is this different from isis murderers who say exactly the same thing - except that the vector is reversed?
    you takfir them and they takfir you. you are all just the same. equally dangerous.
    but the irony is that "moderates" claim this title while they are entirely unworthy of it.

    By hats off! - 7/12/2019 8:28:47 AM

  • You may say so. But we cant ignore statistics.
    By Madhuraj Patinhare Covilakam - 7/12/2019 4:08:35 AM

  • Ibn Abdal-Wahhab consider people to be pgans whose blood could be shed and wealth plundered was that they sacrificed animals to other beings; they sought the help of other beings; they swore vows by other beings.  Someone who does such things even if their lives are otherwise exemplary is not a believer (as Ibn Abdal-Wahhab believed).
    How does Quran define believer?
    قَالُوا آمَنَّا بِرَبِّ الْعَالَمِينَ
    Saying: "We believe in the Lord of the Worlds,- 
    The phrase, We believe in the Lord of the Worlds, implies believers are those who believe in Allah.
    الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَكَانُوا يَتَّقُونَ
    Those who believe and (constantly) guard against evil;- 
    The phrase, Those who believe..and guard against evil, as mentioned here implies believers refer to those who believe in Allah and guard against evil acts.
    وَأَنْجَيْنَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَكَانُوا يَتَّقُونَ
    And We saved those who believed and practised righteousness.
    The phrase, those who believed and practised righteousness, as mentioned here refers believers are those who believe in Allah and practise righteousness.
    From the above extracts, it can conclude that Quran does not restrict a person must not do this or that in order to be believers.  As long as they believe in Allah and do righteousness, they are acceptable to Allah and that is why Allah accepts them to paradise too.  This proves Ibn Abdal al-Wahhab delivered false message to mislead Muslims to call all who believe in Allah and do righteous deeds as pagans, just because they do not practise Islam.

    By zuma - 7/12/2019 1:10:10 AM

  • Muhammad ibn Abdal-Wahhab believed that a person can be a Muslim if he does not express in his belief in any act or statement that indicates devotion to a being other than God that is associate another creature with God's power, that is tantamount to idolatry (shirk).  Besides, he states that Islam must be restricted to conventional acts of worship such as the five daily prayers; fasting for Ramadan; Dua; Ist'ana, and Istigatha to Allah.  Worship beyond this, making du'a or tawassul - are acts of shirk and in the violation of the tenets of Tawhid.
    Despite he sets up so many rules to be a Muslim, Quran does not prevent those people who do not do not obey these rules to proceed into paradise.  The following are the extracts:
    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ كَانَتْ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتُ الْفِرْدَوْسِ نُزُلًا
    As to those who believe and work righteous deeds, they have, for their entertainment, the Garden of Paradise,
    For instance, if Allah is particular to those people who do not follow Islamic rules, i.e. observing fasting in Ramandan and etc., Allah would have blocked them to the entry to paradise.  As this verse mentions Allah does not mind them whether they have practised Islam in order for them to enter into paradise, it implies that Allah does not mind whether they are really Islam.  As the phrase, believe and work righteous deed, is mentioned here, it implies Allah is more concerned with people whether they do believe in Allah and work righteous deeds instead of whether they do observe all the Islamic rules while on earth prior to their admitting to Paradise.  Thus, no doubt hadith has set up rules to guide who should be Muslim, Allah only minds whether they really believe in him and whether they do righteous deeds instead of caring whether they do observe Islamic rules prior to his permitting them into paradise.
    The same is in the extracts below:
    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ لَهُمْ جَنَّاتُ النَّعِيمِ
    For those who believe and work righteous deeds, there will be Gardens of Bliss,- 
    وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ أُولَٰئِكَ أَصْحَابُ الْجَنَّةِ ۖ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ
    But those who have faith and work righteousness, they are companions of the Garden: Therein shall they abide (For ever). 
    If Allah is particular whether a person is a Muslim, why should he permits Christians, Jews and Sabians to the entry to paradise?  The following is the extract:
    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالصَّابِئُونَ وَالنَّصَارَىٰ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
    Those who believe (in the Quran), those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Sabians and the Christians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness,- on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. 
    As Allah would accept Jews, Sabians and the Christians to paradise, it is irrational for Ibn Abdal-Wahhab to condemn these people as shirk.
    إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالنَّصَارَىٰ وَالصَّابِئِينَ مَنْ آمَنَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَعَمِلَ صَالِحًا فَلَهُمْ أَجْرُهُمْ عِنْدَ رَبِّهِمْ وَلَا خَوْفٌ عَلَيْهِمْ وَلَا هُمْ يَحْزَنُونَ
    Those who believe (in the Quran), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve. 
    If Allah is particular whether a person would accept Prophet Muhammad as Prophet, why should the above verse permit those Jews, Sabians and Christians to paradise since not many of them would accept Prophet Muhammad to be the Prophet.  As Allah would accept these people into Paradise, it is irrational for him to condemn them as shirk.

    By zuma - 7/11/2019 2:05:58 AM

  • For progressive Muslims any ideology that is exclusivist and supremacist and that perpetrates intolerance and violence is repugnant to Islam, no matter how any written words are interpreted.

    By Ghulam Mohiyuddin - 7/10/2019 12:26:06 PM

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