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Tell me Directly what you think about the term `Whabisim` -- and what you think about the late Shakh Muhammad Ibn Abdel Wahhab (Rahmalal Allaah).

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Re: Sayed Qutb..

I have recently read about a great deal of critisisim about this man..

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Anyway, a couple of years ago i read the book `Islam and World Peace` by him - i found it very enlighting and closely linked to the Qur`aan and Sunnah, However i have indeed come accros a lot of valid critisisim of this author - - What do you think about it?

Secondly can you please tell me Directly what you think about the term `Whabisim` -- and what you think about the late Shakh Muhammad Ibn Abdel Wahhab (Rahmalal Allaah).


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The late Brother Syed Qutb (may Allah have Mercy on his soul and grant him an honorable status in the Hereafter) is regarded amongst the most eminent modern scholars, thinkers, and writers of Islamic literature of the 20th century. Because of his vocal and literal adherence to the pure tenets of the Quran and the Sunnah, Brother Syed Qutb was condemned and put to death in Egypt by the then nationalist government of Jamal Abdul-Nasser. His many writings and books on Islam, and especially his ‘Tafseer-ul-Quran’ was and is widely read, and in our humble opinion, if there is one man whose works might be held responsible for the emergence of Islam in the 20th century, then the name of the late and respected brother Syed Qutb would head that list. And Allah Alone Knows Best.


It may be that some modern or liberal minded muslims might not adhere or agree with the views or works of our late and beloved brother Syed Qutb, and in their effort to stop people from accessing his views and thoughts, they might have taken steps to assassinate the character or literature or thoughts of the one who was himself assassinated for his views and writings! Their criticism might be valid or it may be wrong; and Allah Subhanah Alone has the Knowledge and the Power to Decide with justice amongst them.


Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 2 Surah Baqarah verse 134:

134 That was a People that hath passed away. They shall reap the fruit of what they did and ye of what ye do! You shall not be questioned regarding what they used to do.


Your Question: Secondly can you please tell me Directly what you think about the term `Whabisim` -- and what you think about the late Shakh Muhammad Ibn Abdel Wahhab (Rahmalal Allaah).

About 200-300 years ago, the majority of the Islamic countries were under colonial rule, and elements of ‘bida’ and ‘shirk’ was rampant amongst the muslims. In various parts of the world, a number of good scholars arose who warned the believers against the heinous crime of ‘shrik’, and guided them to follow the clear commands of the Quran and Sunnah.


Among such scholars was a person named Mohamed ibn Abdul Wahhab in the land of Arabia. He actively confronted the concept of shirk and the practices of ‘bidah’ or innovation, and was quite successful in guiding the believers to the Quran and Sunnah. Mohamed ibn Saud, the founder of what is currently known as Saudi Arabia was impressed by the teachings of Mohamed ibn Abdul Wahhab, and helped and supported him in this noble cause.


Mohamed ibn Abdul Wahhab was influential in propagating the Truth from the Quran and Sunnah in the land of Arabia. The English colonial rulers of Arabia at that time, obviously did not like his movement and started a ferocious propaganda about Mohamed ibn Abdul Wahhab and his Islamic movement, and they are the ones who termed the movement ‘Wahhabi-ism’.


The term Wahhabi soon became synonymous with fundementalist Islam, and was widely used as a derogatory term by the Western colonial powers and the so-called ‘moderate’ muslims, to imply the believers who would not practice innovations and shirk in their deen.


Wahhabi is thus not a sect in Islam, neither a school of thought, nor a deen! It was simply a term concocted, used and used as a ferocious propaganda tool by the Western colonial powers of the time; just as today they display their open prejudice against the true believers by naming them ‘Islamists’, ‘fundementalists’, ‘extremists’, and ‘terrorists’! In their convenient terminology, the muslims who obey and follow the Western Powers are called ‘moderate’; and the muslims who obey and follow Allah and His Messenger are given derogatory names like ‘Islamists’ and ‘extremists’!


The irony is that in the land of Saudi Arabia one will not even find a trace of any people who call themselves ‘Wahhabis’! But in countries like Iran, Pakistan, India, etc. the ‘moderate’ muslims who are themselves severely engrossed in practices of shirk and bidah, call all those believers who refuses to practice shirk and bidah as Wahhabis.


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