‘We are not Wahhabis...’

By Dr Hussain Madavoor (translated by P A Hameed Padubidri)
December 24, 2018

We were welcomed to Diriyah hall on visiting to Janadriyah Festival. Diriyah is the key place in the history of Saudi Arabia. Present Riyadh is the old Najd. 

The Saudi Arabia's founder monarch, Imam Muhammad bin Saud had begun his rule from Diriyah in Najd in 1744. Great Islamic scholar Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab strongly backed Imam bin Saud in religious matters. Thus, the first Saudi Arabian nation came into existence. 

The duo reached a pact. According to the pact, the state affairs were allotted to the Saud family (Al-Saud), whereas the religious affairs were handed to the scholars of Ibn Abdul Wahhab (Alu Sheikh) family.

The regime was agreed to be based on Quran and Sunnah. Promotion of Tauheed and prevention of Shirk were the main agenda. Their objective was to make Islah (betterment) depending upon the way of Salafussaliheen (pious predecessors).

In order to prevent the movement spread-headed by the duo, the British cooked up a plan claiming that they were (Al-Saud & Alu Sheikh Families) not real Muslims and they were deviated Wahhabis. 

Abdul Wahhab bin Rustam, who was born in Tiaret, Algeria in Hijirah 2nd century and founded his own Wahhabism Ibadi movement, who belonged to Khawarijite, was a propagator of deviated creed. The scholars of that time had declared that Rustam and his followers were Kharijites and of veered sect. This sect, which had emerged during 2nd & 3rd century, was recognized as deviated Wahhabis. This fact is elucidated by Sheikh Muhammad bin Saad Al-Shuweir in his book titled Correction of a Historical Misunderstanding Concerning the Wahhabiyyah  (تصحيح خطأ تاريخي حول الوهابية للشيخ محمد بن سعد الشويعر) in which it is declared to be a secession from Quran and Sunnah.

Unfortunately, the same name was attributed to the reformist methodical movement of the great scholar (Ibn Abdul Wahhab) of 11th century. It has nothing to do with Sheikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab at all. In fact, it was a cruel assault on the history itself and a systematic scheme concocted by the British.

Besides, the colonial forces labelled the Muslims, who led the Indian freedom fight against the British, as Wahhabis thereby they conspired to separate them from the general Muslims. That deviated sect (Abdulwahhab Rustam) can be called as Wahhabis that is attributed to its leader, Abdulwahhab Rustam. Nowhere it is linked with the Manhajussalaf propagated by Sheikh Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahhab.

However, it can be corrected by denotation only if we call "Muhammadee" movement since it was led by Muhammad s/o Abdul Wahhab. Because, it's linguistically wrong to attach one's attributes, which lies within him, to his father. That’s the reason why, the Saudi scholars still reiterate that “we are not wahhabis.”

It’s clearly stated in the publication published by the Saudi Arabian Awqaf that this nomenclature (Wahhabis) is incorrect in historical and linguistic point of view. "I am not an innovator of any new idea & I am purely a man of Ahlu Sunnah Wal Jamah & adhere to Hanbali school of thought," Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab himself declared it. 

Saudi Arabia is still a Good Samaritan for the Islahi functionaries across the world including India. I remembered the history of 'the great journey' that started from Diriyah when I was sitting in the Diriyah hall. 

About the author: Hussain Madavoor is the Kerala State Coordinator in the Ministry of Minority Affairs, Govt of India and President for Asian chapter in World Association of Humanitarian Organizations. He is the general secretary of All India Islahi Movement, and vice president of Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen.

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Dr. Muhammad S…
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Wednesday, 30 Jun 2021

Allahu Akbar Kabeeran, Walhamdu Lillahi Katheeran!
Wallahi I have been Educated.
Jazaakum Allahu Khayran.

shaik mangalore
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Tuesday, 5 Feb 2019

there is no diriya or festivel in islam except 2 eid.

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October 15,2021

Mumbai, Oct 15: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Friday called upon the government to come out with a population policy that is acceptable by one and all. 

“While reimagining the country’s development one predicament comes to the fore which appears to concern many. The rapid growth of the country’s population may give rise to many problems in the near future. Therefore, this challenge must be duly considered,” Bhagwat said addressing the annual VijayDashami rally at Nagpur. 

Bhagwat also read out the resolution which was passed on this issue during the Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandal (All India Executive Committee) meeting of Sangh held at Ranchi in 2015.

"The ubiquitous and effective implementation of relevant policies pertaining to these matters will require widespread public sensitisation and impartial actions,” he said.

Bhagwat pointed out that in the present circumstances, news of persecution of native Hindus, growing criminalisation and a mounting pressure on them to escape their areas where an imbalanced population growth have surfaced. 

“The violence that broke out following the elections of West Bengal and the pitiable condition of the Hindu people there can also be attributed to the appeasement of barbarous elements by the government and population imbalance,” he said.

“Therefore, a policy that is applicable to all groups in the same fashion is imperative. All of us need to inculcate the habit of considering the collective national interest above everything while coming out of attractive cobweb of milking the parochial group interests,” Bhagwat added.

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October 11,2021

RSS-linked magazine "Panchjanya", in its latest edition, has targetted the Christian church and priests over the widespread allegations of sexual exploitation.

The magazine, that would hit the stands on October 17, has, in the cover story, dwelt on the complaints of sexual exploitation of children and nuns across the world, and demanded an investigation into those allegations in India also.

Citing the instance of France, the magazine said that over 3 lakh children were exploited between 1950-2020, and around 3,000 priests were named as accused.

Panchjanya mentioned that an independent enquiry committee set up in 2018 came across those details during its probe. It also termed Pope Francis' apology in 2019 over these complaints and incidents a "formality under pressure", noting that despite it, episodes of similar nature have not seen any downward trend. 

It also cited complaints and incidents of sexual exploitation reported from various parts of India, underlining that the people of the country have been seeking probes against the church and priests.

Claiming that such incidents are on the rise in India too, it referred to several incidents in Jharkhand and Kerala, besides the rape of a woman in Missionary College, Chennai, and of a nun from Kerala. Panchjanya held the style of functioning of the church responsible for the worldwide decline in the number of nuns.

It said that in Kerala, the number of nuns has reduced to only 25 per cent and therefore, the church is taking into its fold, girls from poor families in states such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, and Odisha "under the guise of deceit, coercion and allurement".

Earlier, in its October 10 edition's cover story, the RSS-linked magazine had slammed the Congress and its former President Rahul Gandhi, saying the country's oldest political party is passing through its "worst-ever phase".

The Panchjanya had been in the news for its previous issues attacking Infosys and its leader N.R. Narayana Murthy over the glitches in the income tax portal, and then Amazon and its chief, Jeff Bezos, calling the global e-commerce giant "East India Company 2.0".

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