EXPOSING THE (so-called) ISIS MOVEMENT
The core ideology of the so-called ISIS is that of Wahhabism (quasi-salafism). This ideology is NOT from Sunni Islam, but from a character named Muhammad Ibn `Abdul-Wahhab, who died about 200 years ago. When the Wahhabi innovation appeared, the Sunni scholars refuted it and discredited it. Eventually, the Sunnis went to war against the Wahhabis in the early 1800’s after the Wahhabis engaged in a campaign of terror against the Muslims in cities of Ta’if, Madinah, and Mecca. And it was only in the following century, after World War I, that the Wahhabis/Saudi regime were able to ascend to power and have a significant role in the affairs of Muslims. Also, the discovery of petrol in Arabia and its ensuing wealth greatly altered the role that Wahhabism has had in the the Muslim world.
Wahhabism is NOT Islam and Islam is not Wahhabism. However, with the wealth from the petrol, the Wahhabis were able to flood the Muslim world (and beyond) with their books and their preachers. Even in the US, you can find movements, like the so-called “Salafiyyah Da`wah” movement, which is still popular amongst African-American Wahhabi converts in the Northeast. Many “Islamic” bookstores also carry books by the so-called “Daarus-Salaam” and other Saudi-Wahhabi publishers, which further indoctrinates people with this hideous quasi-Salafi ideology.
The fundamental difference between the Sunnis and the Wahhabis is in the matter of doctrine–in the belief in the Creator. The genuine Muslims (Sunni or otherwise) believe in One Perfect Eternal Creator. The Creator ABSOLUTELY does not need or resemble the creations. Allah was before time, place, distance, and direction. Allah is the Creator of time and space and does not exist in time or space. Allah is not a material or spiritual being. The Creator does not have a size or dimensions. The Creator of place exists without being in a place.
The Wahhabis, on the other hand, are literalists. They worship a giant bipedal shadow-casting unidentified extraterrestrial smiling faced object–with fingers and a tibia–that they imagine to be located far above their heads. As a result of their absurdly literalist reading of the Qur’an and Hadith, they ascribe to the Creator limbs, organs, and the occupation of space. The Wahhabis (so-called Salafis) are worshipers of an imaginary object. Allah, however, cannot be imagined, and Allah is not an object.
The Wahhabis’ warped literalism also applies to the way they “interpret” Islamic Law. As a result of their erroneous methodology, they miconstrue the Qur’an and Hadith and deem murder and even random mass slaughter to be allowed in Islam. It should be kept in mind that the barbaric practices of the so-called ISIS are not new to Wahhabism. From the beginning of the Wahhabi (so-called “Salafi”) innovation 250 years ago, this has been their practice. The so-called ISIS and the Wahhabis do NOT represent Islam. They are a deviant faction that engages in object worship and murder in the name of Islam.
The Wahhabis are a menace to humanity. Be warned of them and warn others. May Allah guide us and protect us from their harm.