Islam 101 Islamic terrorism

No Jeff, the Saudis did not ‘invent Islamist terror’, Mohamed, the founder of Islam did…….


The most trusted/respected of hadiths in orthodox Sunni Islam, Bukhari says of Mohamed: 



This is not a jab at Jeff Dunetz, he’s a fine writer and a very knowledgeable source on many subjects who I greatly admire, but this headline and premise is off. The Saudi Wahhabists, Egyptian Salafists (who at one time sent loads of imams/scholars to Saudi Arabia) and the host of other offshoots of these ideologies, draw their understandings of jihadi doctrine and sharia law from the koran and from the four official schools of Sunni Orthodoxy.


To say that “the Saudis ‘invented’ Islamist terror”, is like saying the different branches of today’s Neo-Nazis invented Mein Kampf. It’s just not the case.


The Saudis invented Islamist terror, will they destroy it?

Does Wahhabi Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman mean it when he calls terror a threat that has to end?

The radical Islamist terrorists trying to destroy the west have their roots are in Wahhabism, a form of Islam initially practiced in Saudi Arabia and spread across the world by the Saudi royal family. But on Saturday, November 25, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman addressed the Islamic Military Counter Terrorism Coalition (IMCTC) Ministers of Defense Council with a speech that said in part:

“The biggest threat from terrorism and extremism is not only killing innocent people and spreading hate but tarnishing the reputation of our religion and distorting our belief.”

But does he really mean it? After all, Wahhabi Islam is a huge part of Saudi society and according to many, the mother of the terrorism of which the Prince spoke, In July 2013, Wahhabism was identified by the EU Parliament as the main source of global terrorism.

Wahhabism is an ultra-conservative form of Sunni Islam created by Muhammad ibn Abd al-Wahhab in the 18th century. Its original purpose was to stop the Sunni practice at the time of honoring Muslim saints and visiting their tombs and shrines.  Al-Wahhab called that practice idolatry. The early days of Wahhabism included the slaughter of Muslim tribes who didn’t agree with their theology (just as ISIS does today), a most famous example was the Wahhabi sack of Karbala.


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