Wahhabism and the (so-called) ISIS Movement
The following article does a pretty good job of discussing the history of the Wahhabis and how the practices of today’s so-called ISIS movement are in line with the founders of Wahhabism itself:
I know when i was in Philadelphia and had my first face to face interactions with African-American Wahhabi (quasi-Salafi) converts, that it seemed odd to me that they would be so fanatical about the (so-called) “Salafi Minhaj,” while seemingly utterly oblivious to the history of Wahhabism and the Saudi state. (It was only later that i realized what little regard the Wahhabis had for things like, history, logic, reason, and honesty.) It should be no wonder that the Wahhabis will talk a lot about what they call the “Salaf” (and Ibn Taymiyyah) but are generally ignorant of the rest of Islamic history. This is so, in essence, because the Wahhabis are not connected to the mainstream of Islam. Wahhabism is a later day innovation.
The Wahhabis justify their policies of wholesale pillage and butchery because they misconstrue Qur’anic Verses. But this distortion of the Qur’an is not relegated to their practices. The core of the Wahhabi (so-called “Salafi”) deviation lies in what they ascribe to the Creator. Whereas the Muslims believe in One, Perfect, Incomparable Creator, the Wahhabis pray to a giant extraterrestrial organism with a smiling face and a tibia. The Wahhabis pray to an (imaginary) object. Muslims do NOT worship an object. Muslims believe that the Eternal Creator of space, distance, and direction exists without a place. The Wahhabis worship a (imaginary) being located beneath Prophet Jesus. The Muslims do not worship what the Wahhabis worship, and the Wahhabis do not worship the One Whom the Muslims worship.
The author of the article does say some misleading things about tawassul and tabarruk. It should be clear that whoever worship an object, whether that object is here on earth or elsewhere is not to be regarded as a Muslim. Hence, Muslims do not, for instance, pray TO the dead. Nonetheless, it is part of the Sunni doctrine that one can benefit from the traces of the Prophets and the ultra-righteous, and this does not entail “shirk” (polytheism). Allah is the Creator of the harm and the benefit. This is a central aspect of the Muslim creed. As one may eat food with the hope to get relief from hunger or take medicine with the hope to get relief from illness, Muslims may also seek benefits from the traces of the blessed. Allah is the only Creator. No one brings anything into being except the Incomparable and Transcendent Creator, whose Name is “Allah” in the Arabic language. This is the One Whom the Muslims worship and not any of the creations.