You Say Islamist – I Say Wahhabist

According to Saudi’s Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, both ISIS and al-Qaeda are enemy number one. I guess he couldn’t choose just one. Maybe it’s one of those 1 and 1A kinds of things.

The Mufti – oh, excuse me – the Grand Mufti stated emphatically that, “The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism … have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam.”

Yet, about the time he was condemning the two terror groups for their barbarism, he was signing off on one of the largest mass executions in its history. The execution of 47 “criminals.” Among these “criminals was a Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr.” This did not please Shiite Iran, as they attacked and burned the Saudi embassy in Tehran.

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No one knows what exactly their “crimes” were – only that the verdict against the “47 criminals was based on Allah’s Book and the Prophet’s Sunnah.”

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The Grand Mufti, or G-Muf to his homies, claims they were tried properly, according to Shariah law, and found guilty of killing and making explosives. Well, that’s good enough for me because we can’t have anyone killing or making explosives. And I’m sure the cleric Nimrod al-Nimrod, being Shiite, whereas the Saudi’s are Sunni, was just a happy coincidence.

But the 72-year-old Grand Mufti, complete with gray beard and gnarled eye, is evidently not without a sense of humor, as he stated that not only is ISIS enemy numero uno, but also that they “are in actuality Israeli soldiers.” Huh – who knew?

“This threat against Israel is simply a lie. Actually, Daesh (ISIS) is part of the Israeli soldiers,” said G-Muf. The mufti also dismissed the seriousness of the threat declared by self-proclaimed Islamic State caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. If the Islamic State was serious, al-Asheikh said, they would be ‘killing Jews and liberating Palestine.’ He labeled the Islamic State heretics and said they were doing damage to Islam and Muslims.

Well, G-Muf –ain’t that the pot calling the kettle black. Sure, the Saudi royal family and their holy men, like G-Muf, all publically proclaim their disgust of Islamist terror, but there’s a little thing called Wahhabism that dates back just a little further than the Islamic State. Yep – time for another history lesson, and I’ll guarantee the Grand Mufti knows all about it—and I also bet he’s a big booster.

The radical Wahhabi movement was founded by Muhammad ibn Abd al Wahhab in the 1700’s. Now, we’ve heard that the terrorists, like ISIS, wish to return to the time of the earliest Muslims in the 7th century. Well, that’s exactly what al-Wahhab wished to do.

Al-Wahhab created the “Kitab al-Tawid” or “Book of God’s Uniqueness,” which became the “guiding text for his followers, who consequently speak of themselves as Muwahhidun (total monotheists) or as Salafis (followers of the ways of the first Muslims).”

After being run out of his home town, al- Wahhab found refuge in the city of Diriyah, north of what is now Riyadh, a city then ruled by Muhammad ibn Saud. The two had a commonality of cause, and al-Wahhab agreed to help Saud fight his battles and send messengers of the faith out to spread the word and convert Muslims to Wahhabism. Of course, those who refused, just as today, didn’t fare well. The messengers declared that, “King Saud, who was presented as Allah’s chosen monarch to whom all Muslims had to pledge baya, or absolute allegiance, so as not to face annihilation as foes of god.” Sound familiar?

Between 1744 and 1818, Wahhabist preachers and the troops that backed them up swept across the region, securing the first kingdom of the House of Saud, or Saudi Arabia. The Wahhabist beliefs ran so deep that even the Ottoman Empire couldn’t wipe them out completely.

In 1824, the Saudi kingdom reemerged. At the throne was Emirate of Nejd, who ruled the kingdom from its new capital, Riyadh, between 1824 and 1891. The third Saudi kingdom started in 1932, whose ruler, Abdulaziz ibn Saud (’32 – ’53), used Wahhabism to unite the many tribes under the Saudi umbrella.

“King Faisal ibn Abdulaziz al-Saud (ruled 1964–75) decided the propaganda of Wahhabism, which proclaims the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the sole rightful defender of Islam, would become the long-term strategy for the monarchy’s survival.”

During the Cold War, Fahd bin Abdulaziz Al Saud (ruled 1982 until his death in 2005) saw the opportunity to spread Wahhabism using weaponized jihad. During Fahd’s reign, Saudi Arabia spent $4 billion per year on mosques, madrassas, preachers, students, and textbooks to spread the Wahhabi creed over the next decades. But they weren’t training holy man. They were terrorists – jihadis using Wahhabist theology and American weapons.

And it’s no different today. The Saudis claim to be our friends and allies against terror, but the House of Saud has been quietly funding Wahhabist terror for many decades. They have created the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaeda, and ISIS, and their influence is global through their funding of thousands of Mosques and Muslim Centers, where radical Wahhabist preachers recruit new jihadists. Most of the more than 1200 Mosques in the U.S. were funded by the Saudis.

The Saudis are bad people and are certainly not our friends. Their radical Wahhabist ideology, while kept under wraps, is entirely incompatible with America and a free, secular society.

So when we hear old G-Muf state that extremism and terrorism are not Islam, you know for fact, he is lying his a** off.

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